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Pfizer Inc.

Pfizer Inc. is a research-based, global biopharmaceutical company. We apply science and our global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives through the discovery, development and manufacture of healthcare products. Our global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines, as well as many of the world’s best-known consumer healthcare products. We work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. We collaborate with healthcare providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable healthcare around the world. Our revenues are derived from the sale of our products and, to a much lesser extent, from alliance agreements, under which we co-promote products discovered or developed by other companies or us. The majority of our revenues come from the manufacture and sale of biopharmaceutical products. The Company was incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware on June 2, 1942.

We believe that our medicines provide significant value for both healthcare providers and patients, not only from the improved treatment of diseases but also from a reduction in other healthcare costs, such as emergency room or hospitalization costs, as well as improvements in health, wellness and productivity. We continue to actively engage in dialogues about the value of our medicines and how we can best work with patients, physicians and payers to prevent and treat disease and improve outcomes. We continue to work within the current legal and pricing structures, as well as continue to review our pricing arrangements and contracting methods with payers, to maximize patient access and minimize any adverse impact on our revenues. We remain firmly committed to fulfilling our company’s purpose: Breakthroughs that change patients’ lives. By doing so, we expect to create value for the patients we serve and for our shareholders.

We are committed to capitalizing on growth opportunities by advancing our own pipeline and maximizing the value of our in-line products, as well as through various forms of business development, which can include alliances, licenses, joint ventures, collaborations, equity- or debt-based investments, dispositions, mergers and acquisitions. We view our business development activity as an enabler of our strategies, and we seek to generate earnings growth and enhance shareholder value by pursuing a disciplined, strategic and financial approach to evaluating business development opportunities.

Our significant recent business development activities include:

  • On December 19, 2018, we announced that we entered into a definitive agreement with GSK under which we and GSK have agreed to combine our respective consumer healthcare businesses into a new consumer healthcare joint venture that will operate globally under the GSK Consumer Healthcare name. The joint venture is expected to be a category leader in pain relief, respiratory, vitamin and mineral supplements, digestive health, skin health and therapeutic oral health and will be the largest global OTC consumer healthcare business. In exchange for contributing our Consumer Healthcare business, we will receive a 32% equity stake in the company and GSK will own the remaining 68%. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions including GSK shareholder approval and required regulatory approvals.

  • On February 3, 2017, we completed the sale of Pfizer’s global infusion systems net assets, HIS, to ICU Medical for up to approximately $900 million, composed of cash and contingent cash consideration, ICU Medical common stock and seller financing. HIS, which was acquired as part of the Hospira acquisition in September 2015, includes intravenous pumps, solutions and devices.

  • On December 22, 2016, for $1,040 million we acquired the development and commercialization rights to AstraZeneca’s small molecule anti-infectives business, primarily outside the U.S., which includes the marketed products Zavicefta™ (ceftazidime-avibactam), Merrem™/Meronem™ (meropenem) and Zinforo™ (ceftaroline fosamil), and the clinical development assets aztreonam-avibactam and ceftaroline fosamil-avibactam.

  • On September 28, 2016, we acquired Medivation for approximately $14.3 billion in cash ($13.9 billion, net of cash acquired). Medivation is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing small molecules for oncology.

  • On June 24, 2016, we acquired Anacor for approximately $4.9 billion in cash ($4.5 billion net of cash acquired), plus $698 million debt assumed. Anacor is a biopharmaceutical company focused on novel small-molecule therapeutics derived from its boron chemistry platform.

Our businesses are heavily regulated in most of the countries in which we operate. In the U.S., the principal authority regulating our operations is the FDA. The FDA regulates the safety and efficacy of the products we offer and our research, quality, manufacturing processes, product promotion, advertising and product labeling. Similar regulations exist in most other countries, and in many countries the government also regulates our prices. In the EU, the EMA conducts the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of our products, and employs a centralized procedure for approval of medicines for the EU and the European Economic Area countries. In China, the NMPA (formerly CFDA) is the primary regulatory authority for approving and supervising medicines. In Japan, the PMDA is involved in a wide range of regulatory activities, including clinical studies, approvals, post-marketing reviews and pharmaceutical safety. Health authorities in many middle and lower income countries require marketing approval by a recognized regulatory authority (i.e., similar to the authority of the FDA or EMA) before they begin to conduct their application review process and/or issue their final approval.

Innovative Health

The key therapeutic areas comprising our IH business segment included:


Therapeutic Area


Key Products

Internal Medicine

Included innovative brands from two therapeutic areas, Cardiovascular Metabolic and Pain, as well as regional brands.

Lyrica (outside Europe, Russia, Turkey, Israel and Central Asia countries), Chantix/Champix and Eliquis (jointly developed and commercialized with BMS)


Included innovative vaccines brands across all ages—infants, adolescents and adults—in pneumococcal disease, meningitis and tick-borne encephalitis, with a pipeline focus on healthcare-acquired infections and maternal health.


Prevnar 13/Prevenar 13 (pediatric/adult), Trumenba and FSME-IMMUN


Included innovative oncology brands of biologics, small molecules and immunotherapies across a wide range of cancers.

Ibrance, Sutent, Xalkori, Inlyta and Xtandi (jointly developed and commercialized with Astellas)

Inflammation and Immunology

Included innovative brands for chronic immune and inflammatory diseases.

Enbrel (outside the U.S. and Canada), Xeljanz and Eucrisa

Rare Disease

Included innovative brands for a number of rare diseases, including hematology, neuroscience, and inherited metabolic disorders.

BeneFix, Genotropin and Refacto AF/Xyntha

Consumer Healthcare

Included over-the-counter (OTC) brands with a focus on dietary supplements, pain management, gastrointestinal and respiratory and personal care. In 2018, according to Nicholas Hall’s retail sales data (based on moving annual total data through the third quarter of 2018), Pfizer’s Consumer Healthcare business was the fifth-largest branded multi-national, OTC consumer healthcare business in the world and produced two of the ten largest selling consumer healthcare brands (Centrum and Advil) in the world.

Dietary Supplements: Centrum brands, Caltrate and Emergen-C


Pain Management: Advil brands and ThermaCare


Gastrointestinal: Nexium 24HR/Nexium Control and Preparation H


Respiratory and Personal Care: Robitussin, Advil Cold & Sinus and ChapStick

Essential Health

The product categories in our EH business segment included:

Product Category


Key Products

Global Brands—Legacy Established Products

Included products that have lost patent protection (excluding Sterile Injectable Pharmaceuticals and Peri-LOE Products).

Lipitor, Premarin family and Norvasc

Global Brands—

Peri-LOE Products

Included products that have recently lost or are anticipated to soon lose patent protection.

Lyrica (Europe, Russia, Turkey, Israel and Central Asia), Viagra*, Celebrex, Pristiq, Zyvox, Vfend, Revatio and Inspra

Sterile Injectable Pharmaceuticals

Included generic injectables and proprietary specialty injectables (excluding Peri-LOE Products).

Medrol, Sulperazon, Fragmin and Tygacil


Included recombinant and monoclonal antibodies, primarily in inflammation, oncology and supportive care.

Inflectra/Remsima (biosimilar infliximab) (U.S., Canada, the EU, Australia and certain international markets), Nivestim/Nivestym (biosimilar filgrastim) (U.S. and certain European, Asian and Africa/Middle East markets), Retacrit (biosimilar epoetin alfa-epbx/epoetin zeta) (U.S. and certain European and Africa/Middle East markets) and Ixifi Infliximab BS for I.V. Infusion 100mg (Japan)

Pfizer CentreOne

Included revenues from our contract manufacturing and active pharmaceutical ingredient sales operation, including sterile injectables contract manufacturing, and revenues related to our manufacturing and supply agreements, including with Zoetis Inc.



Research and Development

Innovation is critical to the success of our company, and drug discovery and development is time-consuming, expensive and unpredictable. Our goal is to discover, develop and bring to market innovative products that address major unmet medical needs.

Our R&D priorities include:

  • delivering a pipeline of differentiated therapies and vaccines with the greatest medical and commercial potential;

  • advancing our capabilities that can position Pfizer for long-term leadership; and

  • creating new models for biomedical collaboration that will expedite the pace of innovation and productivity.

To that end, our research and development primarily focuses on:

  • Inflammation and Immunology;

  • Internal Medicine;

  • Oncology;

  • Rare Diseases;

  • Vaccines; and

  • Biosimilars.

In January 2018, we announced our decision to end internal neuroscience discovery and early development efforts and re-allocate funding to other areas where we have stronger scientific leadership. The development of tanezumab and potential treatments for rare neuromuscular disorders is not impacted by this decision. In June 2018, we announced our plan to invest up to $600 million in biotechnology and other emerging growth companies through Pfizer Ventures, our venture investment vehicle. In September 2018, we and Bain Capital entered into a transaction to create a new biopharmaceutical company, Cerevel, to continue development of a portfolio of clinical and preclinical stage neuroscience assets primarily targeting disorders of the central nervous system, including Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and addiction.

While a significant portion of R&D is done internally, we continue to seek out promising chemical and biological lead molecules and innovative technologies developed by third parties to incorporate into our discovery and development processes or projects, as well as our product lines, by entering into collaboration, alliance and license agreements with other companies, as well as leveraging acquisitions and equity- or debt-based investments. These agreements enable us to co-develop, license or acquire promising compounds, technologies or capabilities. We also enter into agreements pursuant to which a third party agrees to fund a portion of the development costs of one or more of our pipeline products in exchange for rights to receive potential milestone payments, revenue sharing payments, profit sharing payments and/or royalties. Collaboration, alliance, license and funding agreements and equity- or debt-based investments allow us to share risk and cost and to access external scientific and technological expertise, and provide us the opportunity to advance our own products as well as the in-licensed or acquired products.


In our innovation-intensive business, our employees are vital to our success. We generally believe we have good relationships with our employees. As of December 31, 2018, we employed approximately 92,400 people in our operations throughout the world.