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Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd.
Native name
Meiji Seika ファルマ株式会社
    • Tokyo Confectionery Co., Ltd. (1916-1924)
    • Meiji Seika Kaisha Co., Ltd. (1924-1943)
    • Meiji Sangyo Kaisha Co., Ltd. (1943-2011)
Company typeSubsidiary
FoundedTokyo, Japan (October 9, 1916; 107 years ago (1916-10-09), Tokyo Kashi Company)
Headquarters4-16, Kyobashi Nitchome, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan
ParentMeiji Holdings

Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd. (Meiji Seikaファルマ株式会社, Meiji Seika Faruma Kabushiki gaisha), formerly Meiji Seika Kaisha, Ltd. (明治製菓株式会社, Meiji Seika Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese pharmaceutical company. It is currently a subsidiary of Meiji Holdings[1] and a Japanese leader in the area of infectious disease with 18% market share. It markets treatments for depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, vaccines and allergy drugs. Meiji Pharma is doing research in generic anticancer drugs and biosimilars with partner organisations.[2]

It is a confectionery and pharmaceutical company that manufactures a wide range of products including Hello Panda and Yan Yan. Its competitors include Ezaki Glico, Kabaya, Lotte Confectionery and Morinaga.

They acquired the Stauffer Biscuit Company based in York, Pennsylvania, USA in 2004.[3]

On April 1, 2009, Meiji Seika Kaisha, Ltd. and Meiji Dairies Corporation established a joint holding company, Meiji Holdings, which is a constituent of the Nikkei 225 index. Two years later on the day, the food and healthcare business was taken over by Meiji Dairies to form "Meiji Co., Ltd.", and Meiji Seika was reorganized to a pharmaceutical company "Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd."[citation needed] In 2014 Meiji acquired Medreich for $290 million, an Indian company active in selling generic pharmaceuticals to Europe, Asia and Africa.[4]



  1. ^ "Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd. | Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd". www.meiji.com. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  2. ^ "Top Global Pharmaceutical Company Report - The Pharma 1000" (PDF). Torreya. Retrieved 19 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Stauffer's Original Animal Crackers History". www.stauffers.com. Archived from the original on 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  4. ^ "Japan's Meiji Holdings acquires Medreich for Rs 1,720 crore". The Economic Times. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2022.

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