|Defunct||July 1, 2014|
|Headquarters||New York City|
|Brenton L. Saunders (CEO)|
|Revenue||$3.646 billion (2013)|
|$0.165 billion (2013)|
|Total assets||$12.017 billion (2013)|
|Total equity||$6.165 billion (2013)|
Number of employees
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Forest Laboratories was a company in the pharmaceutical industry incorporated in Delaware, with its principal office in New York City. It was known for licensing European pharmaceuticals for sale in the United States. On July 1, 2014, the company was acquired by Actavis (now Allergan).
The company was founded in 1956 as a small laboratory service company.
In 2013, Solomon retired as chief executive officer of the company.
Some of the products Forest Laboratories marketed with its partners included:
- AeroBid (flunisolide inhaler) for allergic rhinitis
- Armour Thyroid (desiccated thyroid extract tablets) for hypothyroidism and pituitary Thyroid-stimulating hormone suppression
- Bystolic (nebivolol) for hypertension
- Campral (acamprosate) for maintenance of abstinence from alcohol in patients with alcohol dependence
- Celexa (citalopram) for depression (developed by Lundbeck)
- Cervidil (dinoprostone vaginal insert) for the initiation and/or continuation of cervical ripening in certain patients
- Combunox (oxycodone/ibuprofen) for the short-term management of acute moderate-to-severe pain
- Daliresp (roflumilast) for reduction of COPD exacerbations in patients with severe COPD
- Fetzima (levomilnacipran extended release) for depression
- Lexapro (escitalopram) for depression and generalized anxiety disorder (developed in cooperation with Lundbeck)
- Levothroid (levothyroxine) for hypothyroidism and pituitary TSH suppression
- Linzess (linaclotide) for constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome and functional constipation
- Monurol (fosfomycin) for certain urinary tract infections
- Namenda and Namenda XR (memantine) for moderate-to-severe Alzheimer's disease
- Savella (milnacipran) for fibromyalgia
- Sudocrem medicated cream for irritant diaper dermatitis
- Teflaro (ceftaroline fosamil) for acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections and community-acquired pneumonia caused by susceptible bacteria
- Tiazac (diltiazem hydrochloride) for hypertension and chronic stable angina pectoris
- Thyrolar (liotrix) for hypothyroidism and pituitary TSH suppression
- Tudorza Pressair (aclidinium bromide inhalation powder) for COPD
- Viibryd (vilazodone) for depression
Illegal distribution and promotion of medicines
In September 2010, the company agreed to pay $313 million to resolve allegations of civil and criminal liability relating to felony, obstruction of justice, and the illegal distribution and promotion of pharmaceuticals, charges to which it pled guilty. One of the pharmaceutical-related charges was a misdemeanor charge of illegally promoting the Celexa and Lexapro for unapproved uses in treating pediatric depression. The other drug-related charge was a misdemeanor charge of distributing the unapproved drug Levothroid in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Certain of the criminal activities were revealed with the help of whistleblowers, who received $14 million from the settlement.
Tax avoidance via transfer pricing
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- "Forest Laboratories, Inc. Completes $2.9B Acquisition of Aptalis" (Press release). Business Wire. February 3, 2014.
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