Salix Pharmaceuticals

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Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Industry Pharmaceuticals
Founded 1989
Founder Randy W. Hamilton and Lorin K Johnson, PhD
Headquarters Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Key people
Carolyn J. Logan CEO
Adam C. Derbyshire CFO
Parent Valeant Pharmaceuticals

Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialist American pharmaceutical company. As of March 2015 it was the largest independent gastrointestinal specialty pharmaceutical company in the world. The Company develops prescription drugs and medical devices that prevent and treat various gastrointestinal disorders.[1] It is listed in the Russell 2000 index. This company is listed as having the most revenue per employee (at 1,400,846) by


Salix Pharmaceuticals was founded in 1989, in Sunnyvale, CA. From 1992-2001 the company was headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. Since 2001 the company has been headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, with Business Development and Intellectual Property functions in Palo Alto, CA.

In 2003, the company survived a hostile takeover bid from Canadian pharmaceutical company Axcan Pharma Inc, now named Aptalis.[2]

In February 2015 Valeant Pharmaceuticals announced it would acquire Salix for $15.6 billion, creating the US leader in gastrointestinal drugs. The deal was complete April 1, 2015.[3]


Approved drugs[edit]

Products marketed by Salix Pharmaceuticals include rifaximin, a rifamycin-derived antibiotic.

In development[edit]

The company is currently developing metoclopramide, a dopamine antagonist in the form of an orally disintegrating tablet (ODT).

On October 20, 2010 Salix Pharmaceuticals signed a strategic global agreement with Photocure for Lumacan. Lumacan is a photodynamic colorectal diagnostic intended to significantly improve the detection of precancerous and cancerous lesions in the colon through fluorescence diagnosis. In addition to the development of Lumacan for colorectal cancer. Salix has the exclusive right to explore and develop products for additional indications involving the diagnosis of gastrointestinal dysplasia and cancer[4]


  1. ^ "Company Overview of Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd". Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  2. ^ Salix Pharmaceuticals Board Unanimously Recommends Rejection of Axcan's Revised Offer. Business Wire, May 27, 2003.
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  4. ^ Photocure signs agreement with Salix Pharmaceuticals for Lumacan™

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