Our History

Our history, our mission and our values tell the story of who we are as a company. We began as a pharmaceutical distributor, providing products to customers in smaller communities.

Today we’re one of the world’s leading generics and specialty pharmaceutical companies, with products in approximately 145 countries and territories. And our dedication to providing access to medicine continues to grow after more than 50 years.

  1. Mylan founded
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    Mylan founders

    1961: Day 1

    First known as Milan, the company starts doing business in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. U.S. Army chums, Milan "Mike" Puskar and Don Panoz flip a coin to see who will name the business and who will be the company’s first president. They start distributing products to doctors and chemists from an old Pontiac Bonneville.

    Mylan founders
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    1965: Moves to Morgantown

    1965: Moves to Morgantown

    We move to Morgantown, West Virginia in 1965 and begin manufacturing various over-the-counter products the next year. Success leads to a decision to switch production to generic pharmaceuticals.

    1965: Moves to Morgantown
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    Mylan Penicillin G

    1966: Our First Medicine

    After receiving approval from the FDA to manufacture our first medicine, Penicillin G, we broaden our product line to include other generic antibiotics as well as analgesics, antihistamines, diuretics and tranquillisers. We market these to large drug companies, chemist chains and mail-order drug providers, all for resale under the customers’ own labels.

    Mylan Penicillin G
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    1969: New Partner, New Look

    1969: New Partner, New Look

    Parke-Davis is the first major pharmaceutical company to purchase and privately label Milan products. We also introduce a new logo—the letter “M” formed by three test tubes suggests scientific leadership and teamwork.

    1969: New Partner, New Look
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    1972: From Milan to Mylan

    1972: From Milan to Mylan

    We change the spelling of Mylan to stand out at the bottom of the list of stocks that begin with the letter "M."

    1972: From Milan to Mylan
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    1973: Mylan Going Public

    1973: Going Public

    To fuel expansion, Mylan goes public.

    By the end of the 1970s, we produce five of the 10 most prescribed generic medicines—all five are antibiotics.

    1973: Mylan Going Public
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    1976: New Leadership

    1976: New Leadership

    Mike Puskar, who had left the company, returns as president. He and chairman and CEO Roy McKnight lead Mylan through a period of unprecedented growth.

    1976: New Leadership
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    1982: GPIA and Hatch-Waxman

    1982: GPIA and Hatch-Waxman

    Mike Puskar helps establish the Generic Pharmaceutical Industry Association, GPIA, to give the industry a voice. During the next few years, GPIA lobbies for the Hatch-Waxman Act, which is passed in 1984.

    1982: GPIA and Hatch-Waxman
  9. First-to-Market
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    1984: First to Market

    1984: First to Market

    Our first branded product approval, for MAXZIDE® TABLETS (triamterene and hydrocholorothiazide tablets, US), is a first for a generics company.

    1984: First to Market
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    1986: Doing What’s Right, Not What’s Easy

    1989: Doing What’s Right, Not What’s Easy

    We see irregularities in how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acts on ANDAs, abbreviated new drug applications. Our investigation helps expose fraudulent practices and corruption in the industry. This results in reform of the FDA’s review procedures for generic drugs and new precautions to help ensure consumer safety.

    1986: Doing What’s Right, Not What’s Easy
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    Bertek & UDL Labs

    1993-1996: Diversification

    The market is becoming increasingly competitive as demand for high quality, affordable medication rises.

    • In 1993, we acquire Bertek Inc., an innovator of transdermal medicine systems. Bertek is later renamed Mylan Technologies Inc., or MTI
    • In 1996, Mylan adds unit dose packaging with the acquisition of UDL, the largest pharmaceutical unit dose packaging company in the United States
    • At the same time, generic use rises to about 47%, and we continue to capture market share while discontinuing private labelling and growing our own “Mylan” label
    Bertek & UDL Labs
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    1993: New CEO

    1993: New CEO

    Mike Puskar becomes chairman and CEO.

    1993: New CEO
  13. Biggest pharma companies
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    1995: Another First

    1995: Another First

    We become the most-dispensed line of brand and generic pharmaceuticals in the U.S.

    1995: Another First
  14. Mylan 2002 revenue
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    Mylan packaging

    2002: Growing Into the 21st century

    Soon after entering our fifth decade, we declare a turnover of $1 billion.

    Mylan packaging
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    Robert J. Coury

    2002: Robert J. Coury

    Robert J. Coury is elected to the board of directors and becomes vice chairman and CEO.

    Robert J. Coury
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    2004: Added to S&P 500

    2004: Added to S&P 500

    In 2004, Mylan was added to the S&P 500 and shipped eleven billion doses, more than any other pharmaceutical company.

    2004: Added to S&P 500
  17. Generic vs. Brand
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    2004-2006: Organic Growth

    2004-2006: Organic Growth

    In the U.S., the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act and an ageing Medicare population fuel generic use, which reaches 78% by the end of the decade. We are ready, having put in place a plan to expand through organic growth and acquisitions from a mid-size company into a global leader.

    2004-2006: Organic Growth
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    2006: Setting New Standards in Health Care

    2006: Setting New Standards in Healthcare

    Executive Heather Bresch testifies before the U.S. Senate’s Special Committee on Ageing regarding issues that put billions of dollars of consumer healthcare savings at risk.

    2006: Setting New Standards in Health Care
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    Matrix Labs

    2007: Going Global

    We become a global company by acquiring a controlling interest in Matrix Laboratories, a supplier of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), and by purchasing Merck KGaA’s generics business.

    • Matrix has low-cost manufacturing facilities in India and China and marketing capabilities in Western Europe and Africa. Matrix gives us unprecedented control over our supply chain and expands our dosage forms and therapeutic categories. This includes the addition of antiretroviral medicines for people living with HIV/AIDS
    • Merck KGaA’s generic business sells products in more than 90 countries. Combining forces provides massive global scale, expands our product portfolio and provides entry into new commercial markets
    • With the acquisition of Merck KGaA generic business, we acquire the rights to EpiPen®(adrenaline) Auto-Injector, the world's No. 1 dispensed adrenaline auto-injector*
    *IMS data, 1987-2012
    Matrix Labs
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    2008: Continued Growth

    2008: Continued Growth

    We declare a turnover of $5 billion.

    2008: Continued Growth
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    2009: Global Leadership

    2009: Global Leadership

    • Mike Puskar retires and Robert J. Coury is named chairman of the board.
    • We launch next-generation EpiPen® Auto-Injector (adrenaline).
    • Our first global product, LANSOPRAZOLE (lansoprazole capsule, delayed release pellets), launches.
    • Lopinavir/Ritonavir, an innovative heat-stable ARV treatment, is created for use in certain countries where refrigeration isn't readily available.
    • Robert J. Coury and former President Bill Clinton announce an agreement for better, more affordable treatment for HIV/AIDS patients in the developing world.
    • Mylan is appointed to the Fortune 500 list.
    2009: Global Leadership
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    2010: Bioniche Pharma

    2010: Bioniche Pharma

    Our acquisition of Bioniche Pharma expands our injectable portfolio with products for use in orthopaedics, rheumatology, urology and dermatology.

    2010: Bioniche Pharma
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    Mylan book

    2011: Our First 50 Years

    • Mylan celebrates 50 years of unconventional success.
    • We acquire Pfizer’s respiratory delivery platform.
    Mylan book
  24. FDASIA
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    GDUFA

    2012: Championing National Policy

    Mylan, led by Heather Bresch, champions the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), which holds both foreign and domestic manufacturers to one global quality standard. The Act includes the Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA). Together, FDASIA and GDUFA aim to speed up access to safe and effective generic medicines while providing more visibility into how medicines and their ingredients are manufactured and shipped around the world.

    GDUFA
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    Mylan Executives

    2012: Expanding Leadership

    We introduce a new and expanded management structure to help fuel our continued growth and success. Robert J. Coury transitions into the role of executive chairman of the board. Heather Bresch is promoted to CEO; Rajiv Malik is promoted to president.

    Mylan Executives
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    2012: Unprecedented Growth

    • We launch commercial operations in India and team up with Pfizer in Japan
    • Mylan is selected as a supplier to India’s National AIDS Control Organization and is named the leading antiretroviral supplier to the South African National Department of Health
    • Nearly 40% of patients receiving treatment in developing countries are using a Mylan product
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    Mylan Headquarters

    2013: New Global Centre

    Operations begin at our new Robert J. Coury Global Centre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a 280,000-square-foot, five-story innovative workspace.

    Mylan Headquarters
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    Agila

    2013: Ongoing Global Leadership

    • Our antiretroviral portfolio launches in South Africa
    • EpiPen®(adrenaline) Auto-Injector celebrates 25 years as the No. 1 prescribed adrenaline auto-injector in the U.S.*
    • Mylan acquires Agila Specialties creating a global injectables leader
    *IMS data, 1987-2012
    Agila
  29. 2015

    2015: Better Health for a Better World

    Mylan acquires Abbott's non-U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business.
Last Updated  27/02/2015