PFIZER CEO: Ian Read

The HR Digest - - Cover Story -

In 1849, Charles Pfizer and his cousin Charles Erhart bor­rowed $2,500 from his fa­ther to es­tab­lish Charles Pfizer and Com­pany. Their first phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­uct was an anti-par­a­sitic used to treat in­testi­nal worms, a com­mon af­flic­tion in mid-nine­teenth cen­tury Amer­ica. The phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany has made some in­cred­i­ble progress since and chances are you have re­lied on a med­i­ca­tion made by Pfizer. The bio­phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany makes Advil, Bac­i­tracin and Dris­tan among oth­ers. Be­tween 2010 and 2014, Pfizer helped about 2.5 mil­lion pa­tients in need ac­cess more than 31 mil­lion med­i­ca­tions, val­ued at more than $7.9 bil­lion.

Through their cor­po­rate re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­grams, the com­pany has touched the lives of mil­lions of peo­ple in third world coun­tries.

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