Teva Reaches Agreement With Rhode Island to Settle Opioid-Related Claims
TEL AVIV, Israel & PARSIPPANY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Teva Pharmaceuticals, a U.S. affiliate of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) and its affiliates, has reached an agreement with the Attorney General of Rhode Island that settles the state’s and its subdivisions opioid-related claims. Under the terms of the settlement, Teva will pay Rhode Island $21 million over 13-years and will provide its recently launched, lifesaving medicine generic Narcan® (naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray) and a significant amount of buprenorphine naloxone (sublingual tablets) known by the brand name Suboxone®, valued at a combined $78.5 million (wholesale acquisition cost) over 10 years. The settlement structure is consistent with previously announced settlements and includes a significant component of life-saving medicines – ample supply to meet or exceed the current need in the state of Rhode Island for the next 10 years – while including additional expenses from the trial that was set to start on March 16, 2022. The Company continues to actively negotiate a national settlement.
Teva believes that today’s settlement with the state of Rhode Island is in the best interest of those impacted by the opioid crisis and a critical step forward in getting life-saving treatments to the people who need them. This settlement agreement is not an admission of any liability or wrongdoing and the Company will continue to defend itself in court, in states where we have not reached terms of a settlement agreement.
Buprenorphine naloxone is the primary drug used to treat opioid addiction and considered the gold standard. Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can reverse an overdose from opioids.1 Teva has included these products in its ongoing pursuit of a national or narrower settlement with individual states such as the deal announced today.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) has been developing and producing medicines to improve people’s lives for more than a century. We are a global leader in generic and specialty medicines with a portfolio consisting of over 3,500 products in nearly every therapeutic area. Around 200 million people around the world take a Teva medicine every day, and are served by one of the largest and most complex supply chains in the pharmaceutical industry. Along with our established presence in generics, we have significant innovative research and operations supporting our growing portfolio of specialty and biopharmaceutical products. Learn more at www.tevapharm.com.
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