Pfizer Limited (PL) is one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical companies in India with a consistent `higher than market' growth rate, it came to the Indian market in 21st November of the year 1950 through a company named Dumex Limited. The first production facility was set up at Darukhanna in Mumbai, where products like Protinex and Isonex (isoniazid - an anti -TB drug) were manufactured. Subsequently, this plant also produced Becosules and Corex, both of which remain mega products till date. PL's medicines library includes about 3 million compounds and the pipeline holds approximately 169 new molecular entities and 73 enhancement programs for marketed products in development and about 400 compounds in discovery research across multiple therapeutic areas, which all covers pharmaceutical, animal health and services.
In 1960, Pfizer established a large and modern plant at Thane, near Mumbai, which housed manufacturing, quality control and product research facilities. This plant won a number of national safety awards. In November of the year 1965, the Company had entered into a licence agreement with Pfizer Corporation continuing the royalty-free licence granted to it for the use of Pfizer processes, technical know-how, etc., relating to the manufacture of existing products in the pharmaceutical, veterinary and agricultural fields and giving the Company the right to obtain from Pfizer Corporation by Mutual agreement, technical know-how and other assistance relating to the manufacture of new items. A large research and development laboratory of the company at Thane was commissioned in the year 1969. As of 4th March of the year 1977, the company's status was changed as a public limited company. Piroxicam, a major anti-artharitic drug, was launched in India in the last quarter of the year 1989 under the brand name of DOLONEX. The former subsidiary Dumex Ltd was amalgamated with the company effect from 1st April of the year 1992 and also during the same year, the pharmaceuticals division introduced `Dolmex' intramuscular injection. Development Operations (Dev Ops) India, formerly a part of the Clinical Research Division, was established in 1995. The operations started with the hiring of a statistician in 1995. Pfizer had acquired the animal healthcare operations of SmithKline Beecham in the year 1996.
The pace of work of Clinical Research Division was picked up in 1998 and this was followed by a substantial growth in terms of activities and resources, especially in data management. A dedicated Informatics group of the company for all technical and applications support has been available since 1997. The Company closed down its manufacturing plant at Ankleshwar with effect from 31st July of the year 1999. During the year 2000, PL made tie-up with Shantha Biotechnics for parallel marketing of its products. Express Pharma Biz Award came to company's hands in the year 2002 for overall performance. The operational merger between the company and Parke-Davis had been completed in the year 2002. A year after, in 2003, Pfizer had initiated the global implementation of 'Clinicopia Labelling and Clinicopia Supply Chain' a part of inferno's Clinical Trails management suite. In mid 2003, the Mumbai group was aligned under Dev Ops Europe to emphasize its focus on operations and facilitate more interactions and project engagements from all sites. In the year 2004, PL had entered into an agreement with Sanofi Synthelabo (India) Ltd for co-promotion of its product, Daxid. The Company's seven key brands (Corex, Becosules, Magnex, Dolonex, Gelusil, Minipress XL and Benadryl) had listed among the Top-100 Industry brands, in the year 2005.
Viagra was the first global brand launched successfully in December of the year 2005, followed by Caduet (a combination of atorvastatin and amlodipine for treatment of patients with dyslipidemia and hypertension) and LYRICA (pregabalin, for treatment of neuropathic pain), both of which launched in the first quarter of 2006. The Company bagged Pharma Excellence Awards 2006 in 'Innovative Products of the Year' category for Exubera.
The global divesture of the OTC business to Johnson & Johnson in December 2006 and Pfizer, won a US Supreme Court appeal in April of the year 2007 that aimed to open the company's Lipitor cholesterol pill, the most widely prescribed drug in the world, to generic competition, also in end of the year 2007, the company had transferred its exclusive license to Johnson & Johnson for a total consideration of Rs 2,148.51 million. Pfizer had launched Champix, a non-nicotine smoking cessation prescription drug during February of the year 2008.