GlaxoSmithKline is a large British Pharmaceutical multinational company and as a result has a long and complicated history, the next section provides a brief overview of that history. This project looked at GlaxoSmithKline in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. GSK has been manufacturing in Dungarvan since 1981 and has two manufacturing sites there. The first is the Oral care facility which was set up in 1981 and the second is the over the counter medicine site which was set up in 1987. Many of the company’s flagship brands are produced in Dungarvan including Panadol, Polygrip and NiQuitn. According to the GSK Website “Products produced in Dungarvan are exported to more than 70 countries worldwide with the site producing the equivalent of 8 billion tablets and close to 100milllion tubes per annum” (www.gsk.ie, 2013). Company History.
GlaxoSmithKline plc as it is known today was formed in 2000 as a result of a merger between two British Pharmaceutical Companies Glaxo Wellcome plc and SmithKine Beecham plc. Glaxo Wellcome’s origins date back to 1880 when two American Pharmacists Henry Wellcome and Silas Burroughs founded the Burroughs Wellcome & Company. In 1995 they merged with Glaxo to form Glaxo Wellcome. Glaxo had originally been set up in New Zealand in 1904 as a baby food manufacturer. While Smith Kline Beecham plc occurred as a result of a merger in 1988 between Beecham which was set up in 1843 in Lancashire by Thomas Beecham and Smith Kline which was originally set up by John K. Smith in 1830 as pharmacy in Philadelphia. Products
GSK has an extremely diverse and wide range of products many of which were outside the scope of this project which concentrated solely on the tablet aspect of the pharmaceutical market. In the pharmaceutical sector their products include Flixonase which treats asthma and Dyazide which treats high blood pressure. In the oral care market they produce such product as Aquafresh, Corsodyl and Sensodoyne. They produce...
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