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Big Pharma's Manufacturing Blueprint for the Future
The pharmaceutical majors continue rationalizing manufacturing capacity in established markets as they forge their manufacturing networks in biologics and emerging markets.


Pharmaceutical Technology
Volume 35, Issue 8, pp. 40-47

In outlining the changes to its manufacturing network, Pfizer also summarized how its transformed manufacturing network will look. Pfizer's solid-dosage network will include plants in Freiburg, Germany; Amboise, France; Vega Baja and Barceloneta, Puerto Rico; Ascoli, Italy; Newbridge, Ireland; and Illertissen, Germany. Its aseptic-manufacturing network will consist of plants in Puurs, Belgium; Perth, Australia; Catania, Italy; and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Its biotechnology-manufacturing network will consist of sites in Grange Castle, Ireland; Strangnas, Sweden; Algete, Spain; Havant, United Kingdom; Andover, Massachusetts; and Sanford, North Carolina. The consumer healthcare network will include plants in Guayama, Puerto Rico; Montreal, Canada; Albany, Georgia; Aprilia, Italy; Hsinchu, Taiwan; and Suzhou, Jiangsu, China.

Pfizer added to its manufacturing network in February 2011, when it acquired the specialty pharmaceutical company King Pharmaceuticals. As of December 2010, King Pharmaceuticals had manufacturing facilities in Bristol, Tennessee; Rochester, Michigan; Middleton, Wisconsin; and St. Petersburg, Florida, as well as an auto-injector manufacturing facility in St. Louis, according to King Pharmaceuticals' 2010 SEC annual filing.

Pfizer is further expanding its manufacturing position in emerging markets, principally through alliances. In China, Pfizer signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Zhejiang Hisun Pharmaceutical in July 2011 for a possible joint venture, which will include manufacturing cooperation, local and global sales and marketing infrastructure, and R&D of off-patent medicines. In April 2011, Pfizer signed an MOU with Shanghai Pharmaceutical for a potential partnership for the registration and commercialization of innovative Pfizer products in China. The companies also are examining cooperation in distribution, commercialization, R&D, manufacturing, and equity investment. In South America, Pfizer acquired a 40% stake in Laboratório Teuto Brasileiro a generic-drug company in Brazil in November 2010.


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