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Mylan Inc.
Type Public
NASDAQ-100 Component
NASDAQ Biotechnology Index Component
S&P 500 Component
Industry Pharmaceuticals
Founded White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, United States (1961)
Founders Milan Puskar
Don Panoz
Headquarters Cecil Township, Pennsylvania, United States
Key people
Products Generic pharmaceuticals and branded generics, specialty pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients
Revenue Increase US$ 6.80 billion (2012)[3]
Operating income Increase US$ 1.01 billion (2011)
Net income Increase US$ 640.9 million (2012)
Total assets Increase US$ 11.598 billion (2011)
Total equity Decrease US$ 3.504 billion (2011)
Employees approximately 22,000 (2013)[3]

Mylan Inc. is a global generic and specialty pharmaceuticals company headquartered in Cecil Township, Pennsylvania. In 2007, Mylan acquired a controlling interest in India-based Matrix Laboratories Limited, a top producer of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for generic drugs,[4] and the generics business of Germany-based Merck KGaA.[5] Through these acquisitions, Mylan has grown from the third largest generic and pharmaceuticals company in the U.S. to the second largest generic and specialty pharmaceuticals company in the world.[6] Mylan now has approximately 22,000 employees,[3] more than 1,000 separate products,[3] and serves customers in more than 150 countries and territories.[3] Mylan has a global manufacturing output of more than 45 billion doses.[3]


Mylan Inc. operates several divisions and subsidiaries:

North America

Asia Pacific[8]

Europe, the Middle East and Africa[10]

  • Operate under the Mylan name in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom. Also operates in South Africa.[10]
  • Arcana Arzneimittel GmbH - Germany[11]
  • Generics Pharma Hellas - Greece[12]
  • Gerard Laboratories - Ireland[13]
  • Qualimed - trademark in France, but will stop being marketed under the brand name[14]
  • Docpharma - generic pharmaceutical distribution company in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg

Other Areas[15]



Mylan Pharmaceuticals was founded in 1961 as Milan Pharmaceuticals by Milan Puskar and Don Panoz in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The company moved to Morgantown, West Virginia in 1965, and in 1976 it relocated its corporate headquarters to Pittsburgh suburb Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, and finally in 2004 it moved to a new office center in nearby Southpointe, a suburban business park located in Cecil Township, where it is still located.[17] The company began as a distributor, but in 1966, Mylan received approval to begin manufacturing penicillin G tablets.


In 1973, Mylan became a publicly traded company on the OTC market under the ticker symbol MYLN, and in 1976 moved to NASDAQ. Their final stock move was in 1986, when their stock became available for trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MYL. Currently, the stock is traded on the NASDAQ.


Mylan acquired Bertek Inc. in 1993, and in 1999 renamed the company Mylan Technologies Inc. Mylan acquired UDL Laboratories, a supplier of generic medications to institutional and long-term care facilities in 1996. In October 2007 Mylan bought the generics arm of Merck KGaA, and renamed the entire corporation from Mylan Laboratories Inc. to Mylan Inc. In 2011, Mylan entered into an agreement with Pfizer for the exclusive worldwide rights to develop, manufacture and commercialize Pfizer's generic equivalent to GlaxoSmithKline's Advair® Diskus and Seretide® Diskus incorporating Pfizer's proprietary dry powder inhaler delivery platform.[18] On July 14, July 2014, Mylan announced to buy Abbott Laboratories' generic-drugs business in developed markets for stock valued at about $5.3 billion.[19]


Mylan discontinued private-label manufacturing in 1980 and instead chose to market their products under their own "Mylan-labeled" brand. Their first Mylan-invented product, Maxzide, received approval for treating hypertension in 1984, and was the first new drug to be patented by a manufacturer of generic drugs. By 1995, Mylan had become the most dispensed line of pharmaceuticals in America, according to the December 2004 IMS National Prescription Audit. Sales of Mylan's generic drugs exceeded US$1 billion in 2002, and in 2004 Mylan was added to the S&P 500.

In 2011, the company launched a generic version of famciclovir.[20]

Legal Issues[edit]

In 1989, CEO Roy McKnight testified before the House Oversight and Investigations Committee, exposing corruption within the Food and Drug Administration and a number of generic companies.

In 2000, the company agreed to pay $147 million to settle accusations by the FTC that they had raised the price of generic lorazepam by 2600% and generic clorazepate by 3200%. Mylan obtained exclusive licensing agreements, in 1998, for certain ingredients. The company did not admit to any wrongdoing.[21]


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  20. ^ "Mylan Launches Generic Version of Famvir® Tablets" (Press release). Mylan. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  21. ^ Labaton, Stephen (July 13, 2000). "Generic-Drug Maker Agrees to Settlement In Price-Fixing Case". The New York Times. Retrieved April 18, 2012.