Teva Canada Innovation Announces Approval of Three-Times-a-Week COPAXONE® 40mg/mL by Health Canada

Montreal, Quebec – August 23, 2016 – Teva Canada Innovation, a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., announced today that Health Canada has approved three-times-a-week COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate) 40 mg/mL injection. This new formulation of COPAXONE® will allow for a less frequent dosing regimen for patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). In addition to the newly approved dose, daily COPAXONE® 20 mg/mL will continue to be available.

Three-times-a-week COPAXONE® 40 mg/mL is expected to become commercially available to patients, by prescription, later this fall. Patients throughout Canada will continue to benefit from Shared Solutions®, a unique and personalized support program from Teva Canada Innovation available to anyone touched by MS including family members, friends, caregivers and health professionals.

Health Canada approval is based primarily on data from the Phase III Glatiramer Acetate LowFrequency Administration (GALA) study, the largest COPAXONE® clinical trial to date 01 which included more than 1,400 patients.  

Three-times-a-week COPAXONE® 40 mg/ml was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in January, 2014 and at the end of June 2016, approximately 61,500 patients were on COPAXONE 40mg. 02 In Europe, the MHRA and other EU member states issued a positive assessment report under the decentralized procedure in December 2014, and since launch, three-times-a-week COPAXONE® 40 mg/ml has been prescribed to more than 36,000 patients.

About COPAXONE® 40 mg/mL Injection

COPAXONE® 40 mg/mL (glatiramer acetate) is indicated for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. Doses of three-times-a-week COPAXONE® 40 mg/mL are injected subcutaneously at least 48 hours apart. The most common side effects of COPAXONE® are redness, pain, swelling, itching, or a lump at the site of injection, flushing, rash, shortness of breath, and chest pain. COPAXONE® is now approved in more than 50 countries worldwide, including Canada, the United States, Russia, Mexico, Australia, Israel, and many European countries.

About Teva Canada Innovation

Teva Canada Innovation (TCI) is a branded, specialty medicines company, with operations in Canada since 1997. TCI’s mission is to introduce new, innovative health care solutions for Canadians in the central nervous system (CNS), respiratory and pain care therapeutic areas. The company also markets brands in women’s health and oncology, and has established partnerships with other Canadians pharmaceutical companies in these areas. Throughout 2017, TCI will introduce a portfolio of new respiratory medicines and technologies to Canada ranging from intuitive rescue and maintenance inhalers to a new targeted biologic option for patients with severe asthma. TCI is a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA), a leading global pharmaceutical company that delivers high-quality, patient-centric healthcare solutions to millions of patients every day. For more information, visit

About Teva

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company that delivers high-quality, patient-centric healthcare solutions used by millions of patients every day. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world’s largest generic medicines producer, leveraging its portfolio of more than 1,800 molecules to produce a wide range of generic products in nearly every therapeutic area. In specialty medicines, Teva has a world-leading position in innovative treatments for disorders of the central nervous system, including pain, as well as a strong portfolio of respiratory products. Teva integrates its generics and specialty capabilities in its global research and development division to create new ways of addressing unmet patient needs by combining drug development capabilities with devices, services and technologies. Teva's net revenues in 2015 amounted to $19.7 billion. For more information, visit

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Notes & References

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    GALA Study, Khan O, et al. Ann Neurol 2013 Jun;73(6):705-13

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    IMS NPA MD monthly data, Data Month 6/2016 (On therapy patients with gross up based on 90% IMS capture rate)