Meridian Medical Technologies Inc.

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Meridian Medical Technologies Inc. is a subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer that primarily manufactures antidotes for chemical weapons.

It was founded in 1968 as Brunswick Biomedical Corporation and changed its name in November 1996[1] when it merged with Survival Technology, Inc.[2] Survival Technology, Inc. had been the employer of Sheldon Kaplan, who had invented various kinds of autoinjectors, including the epinephrine autoinjector, EpiPen.[3] The EpiPen was marketed and distributed by Dey LP, a subsidiary of Merck KGaA.[4]

King Pharmaceuticals acquired Meridian in 2003, and the company became part of Pfizer when Pfizer acquired all of King's assets through a process that started in 2010 and was completed in 2011.[5][6]

Meridian is a member of the Alliance for Biosecurity,[7] which is a group of companies that work towards preventing and treating severe infectious diseases, especially those that present global security challenges.[8]


  1. ^ Bloomberg Meridian profile Page accessed Aug 25, 2016
  2. ^ Meridian Medical Technologies 10-K Filing For the fiscal year ended July 31, 1997
  3. ^ National Inventors Hall of Fame Kaplan Sheldon Archived 2016-01-31 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ King Pharmaceuticals Oct 21, 2002. Press Release: King Pharmaceuticals to Acquire Meridian Medical Technologies
  5. ^ Doyle, Jim (November 3, 2013). "Local plant suspends production of nerve gas antidote". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Pfizer Completes Acquisition Of King Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Pfizer and King begin joint operations on March 1, 2011" (press release). Pfizer. March 1, 2011. Archived from the original on June 30, 2013.
  7. ^ "Our Members". Alliance for Biosecurity. Retrieved 2017-03-07.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Alliance for Biosecurity". Alliance for Biosecurity. Retrieved 2017-03-07.