Established in the year 1924 in India, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (GSK Rx India) is one of the oldest pharmaceuticals company and employs over 3,500 people. Globally, the company is a £28.4 billion, leading, research-based healthcare and pharmaceutical company. In India, it is one of the market leaders with a turnover of Rs 2080 crore and a share of 5.1%. GlaxoSmithKline - one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies - is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.
The company leads in several therapeutic segments - dermatology, anti-helmentics, and hormones. It has 7 products in the top 50 brands, and the top five GSK products are Augmentin, Calpol, Ceftum, Phexin, and Betnesol. The company's vaccines division is ranked first in a fast-growing vaccines market. Some leading products in India are Havrix, Varilrix, Rotarix, Hiberix and Cervarix.
GSK India's R&D centres at Thane and Nashik have been granted recognition by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India. The number of clinical studies conducted in India is rapidly growing across a range of therapy areas. The company's social responsibility programmes focus on development of under developed villages, women, children and aged, specifically in the areas of healthcare and education.
The GSK India product portfolio includes prescription medicines and vaccines. Our prescription medicines range across therapeutic areas such as anti-infectives, dermatology, gynaecology, diabetes, oncology, cardiovascular disease and respiratory diseases. The company is the market leader in most of the therapeutic categories in which it operates. GSK also offers a range of vaccines, for the prevention of hepatitis A, hepatitis B, invasive disease caused by H, influenzae, chickenpox, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, rotavirus, cervical cancer and others.
The company's best-in-class field force, backed by a nation-wide network of stockists, ensures that the Company's products are readily available across the nation. The company has two manufacturing units in India, located at Nashik and Thane as well as a clinical development centre in Bangalore. The state of art plant at Nashik makes formulations while bulk drugs and the active pharmaceutical ingredients are manufactured at Thane.
The GSK India product portfolio includes prescription medicines and vaccines. The company is a market leader in most of the prescription medicines.
The company's vaccines division is the leader in fast growing vaccine market. It provides vaccines for prevention of hepatitis A, hepatitis B, invasive disease caused by H, influenzae, chickenpox, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus and others. Brands like Engerix-B, Havrix, Priorix, Twinrix are some vaccines created by GSK India.
The company was awarded for the “Multi Cultural Diversity Award” from GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, US as an appreciation for the ‘Famili Vaccines’ Programme. The company in 2008 launched two vaccines for dphtheria, ttanus and acellular prtussis (DTP) namely Boostrix and Infanrix. DTP vaccines are part of the routine immunization in over 100 developed and developing countries.
Infanrix is used for childhood immunization against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis for newborns from the sixth week of age. Boostrix is used for children above seven years of age, adolescents and adults and will boost the waning immunity against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis.
1919 - Trading links with India established
1924 - H J Foster & Co appointed sole agents
1926 - Foster's becomes wholly-owned subsidiary of Joseph Nathan
1947 - Secondary manufacture commences after war
1956 - Primary production of vaccines begins at Worli
1961 - Vitamin A and betamethasone manufactured at new plant at Thane using imported raw materials
1968 - Registered as a limited company. Animal health products introduced
1969 - Indian shareholders acquire 25 per cent of the company's equity
1983 - Glaxo Group equity reduced from 75 per cent to 40 per cent Nashik factory commissioned
1984 - SmithKline & Beecham becomes a public limited company under the new name of Eskayef Limited. Plant set up in Mysore for manufacture of bulk drugs
1985 - The company's second basic drugs factory was inaugurated at Ankleshwar, Gujarat
1986 - Joint venture projects Vegepro Foods and Feeds Limited and K G Gluco Biols were launched with equity participation of around 24 per cent by Glaxo India
1987 - The company's name changed to Glindia Limited