Teva Reaches Agreement With Florida to Settle the State’s Price Fixing Claims
TEL AVIV, Israel & PARSIPPANY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Teva Pharmaceuticals, a U.S. affiliate of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA), has reached agreement with the Attorney General of Florida to settle the state’s price-fixing claims against Teva. Under the terms of the settlement, Teva will pay the state $6.73 million, and the state will dismiss all of its claims against Teva and its affiliates once payment has been made.
Teva is committed to doing business the right way, in compliance with all applicable laws. Consistent with that commitment, Teva has also agreed, as part of its settlement with Florida, to maintain its robust antitrust training and compliance efforts throughout the United States.
This is the fifth settlement of price-fixing claims that Teva has reached to date. Each settlement, including this settlement with Florida, has followed the same framework, with Teva agreeing to pay each state an amount proportional to its share of the national population (approximately $1,000,000 for each 1% share of the national population). And Teva’s $6.73 million payment to Florida falls within the estimated provision that Teva’s management recorded in the third quarter of 2022, related to this litigation.
The Company is pleased to put Florida’s claims behind us, and we believe the amounts included in the settlements to date reflect our position on the allegations against us, which we continue to deny. We remain focused on delivering high-quality medicines to the patients around the world who need them, while also working cooperatively with state regulators to resolve legacy litigation matters in the United States, including these cases. We are in discussions with additional states to settle these cases within the framework outlined above.
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 innovative 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 innovative medicines and biopharmaceutical products. Learn more at www.tevapharm.com.
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