Teva and Alexza announce Teva’s license to market ADASUVE® in the U.S.

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Teva and Alexza have entered into an exclusive U.S. license and supply agreement…


Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (NYSE: TEVA), and Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXA) announced today that the companies have entered into an exclusive U.S. license and supply agreement for ADASUVE (loxapine) inhalation powder 10 mg for the acute treatment of agitation associated with schizophrenia or bipolar I disorder in adults. Teva will be responsible for all U.S. commercial and clinical activities for ADASUVE, including U.S. post-approval clinical studies, and has gained rights to conduct additional clinical trials of ADASUVE for potential new indications in neurological disorders. Alexza will be responsible for manufacturing and supplying ADASUVE to Teva for commercial sales and clinical trials.

“Approximately 4 to 5 million patients with bipolar I disorder or schizophrenia in the U.S. experience and seek treatment for agitation episodes,” stated Larry Downey, President, North America Specialty Medicines. “This agreement reflects our business development strategy to pursue opportunities in our core therapeutic areas where we can apply our expertise and experience to enhance treatment options for patients. ADASUVE is a compelling addition to our U.S. Specialty Medicines portfolio, and we look forward to working with Alexza as we commercialize this important treatment option.”

“Teva brings an established commercial presence in hospital and psychiatric markets. ADASUVE is approved to address agitation episodes in the hospital-setting, providing a fast-acting, non-coercive treatment option to patients with schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder,” said Thomas B. King, Alexza President and CEO. “Teva has considerable strength and market presence with the Teva Select Brands group, and we are confident of their ability to deliver commercial success for this important new product.”

Under the terms of the license and supply agreement, Alexza will receive an upfront cash payment of $40 million and is eligible to receive up to $195 million in additional milestone payments, based upon successful completion of the ADASUVE post-approval studies in the U.S. and achieving net sales targets. In addition, Teva will make tiered, royalty payments based on net commercial sales of ADASUVE.

Teva also will make available up to $25 million to Alexza via a five-year convertible note and agreement to lend, which Alexza may access to support its ADASUVE activities. Alexza may prepay up to 50 percent of the outstanding amount at any time prior to maturity. Teva may convert, at maturity, all or a portion of the then outstanding amount under the note into equity of Alexza.

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