Drug giant Pfizer to split into three units, including a new hospital business
The news comes a day after the company decided to defer drug price increases for no more than six months, following criticism from President Donald Trump for raising list prices of some medicines.
The units would be Innovative Medicines, Established Medicines and Consumer Healthcare. The company is currently split into two units - Innovative Medicines, which includes the consumer business, and Essential Health.
The Innovative Medicines business will now also include biosimilars and a new hospital business unit, and together with the Consumer Healthcare business, will account for about three-quarters of the company's revenue. Pfizer's 2017 annual revenue was $52.55 billion.
Pfizer said it would still evaluate options for its consumer healthcare business and expects to make a decision in 2018.
The company said in October last year that it was considering the sale or spin-off of the consumer healthcare business, which is worth about $15 billion. In May, Pfizer said that it had not received an acceptable offer.
The business consists of products ranging from Advil to lip balms.
The Established Medicines unit would include the majority of the company's off-patent brands, including Viagra and neurological disease treatment Lyrica as well as some generic drugs.
Wed, 11 July 2018