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Teva and Barr Receive FTC Request for Additional Information
Date:9/3/2008

JERUSALEM and MONTVALE, N.J., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: TEVA) and Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: BRL) announced today that, as expected, each party has received a request for additional information (commonly referred to as a "second request") from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in connection with Teva's pending acquisition of Barr. The parties have been cooperating with the FTC staff since shortly after the announcement of the transaction and intend to continue to cooperate with the FTC to obtain HSR clearance as promptly as possible.

The effect of the second request is to extend the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR) waiting period until thirty days after the parties have substantially complied with the request, unless that period is terminated sooner by the FTC. The companies continue to expect that the transaction will close in late 2008, following completion of the HSR clearance process, the obtaining of the other required antitrust approvals and the satisfaction of all other closing conditions contained in the merger agreement between the parties, including the approval of Barr stockholders.

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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., headquartered in Israel, is among the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in the world and is the world's leading generic pharmaceutical company. The Company develops, manufactures and markets generic and innovative human pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients,
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