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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New Data Illustrate Novel Mechanism of Action of Laquinimod, An Oral Compound For The Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis

Researchers Demonstrate Immunomodulatory Effects of Laquinimod on Disease Activity -

Jerusalem, Israel, Lund, Sweden and Seattle, Washington, April 28, 2009 -
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA) and Active Biotech (NASDAQ OMX NORDIC: ACTI) today announced results from several new clinical and preclinical studies providing further insight on the immunomodulatory mechanism of action (MOA) of laquinimod, a novel oral once-daily compound being developed for the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS).

Four sets of data being presented at the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) in Seattle stand to increase the understanding of how laquinimod may reduce multiple sclerosis (MS) activity and affect mechanisms related to disease pathology.While research looking at the mechanism by which the compound exerts its clinical effect is ongoing, currently available data indicate that laquinimod impacts RRMS by modulating key processes of the immune system, and suggest an immunomodulating effect within the central nervous system (CNS)."

As we continue to study how laquinimod impacts multiple sclerosis, we remain encouraged by the potential of this oral candidate," explains Scott Zamvil, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco. "Laquinimod, with a balanced safety and efficacy profile, may address a currently unmet medical need for patients seeking effective oral therapy for MS that is well tolerated and safe." Laquinimod recently received Fast Track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which may allow the drug to enter the market as soon as late 2011. Teva completed enrollment for the first of its two Phase III clinical trials for laquinimod (ALLEGRO) in November 2008, and the second global Phase III study (BRAVO) is on schedule to complete patient enrollment in the first half of 2009.

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