Actavis To Chop About 350 U.S. Sales Positions
Published: Nov 21, 2013
Actavis Announces U.S. Specialty Brands Sales Organization Restructuring
DUBLIN, Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Actavis plc (NYSE: ACT) today announced that it has completed the restructuring of the U.S. Specialty Brands sales organization, following the completion of the acquisition of Warner Chilcott on October 1, 2013.
In total, Actavis Specialty Brands will have a sales organization comprised of approximately 750 U.S. sales professionals, including sales representatives, district managers, national account managers and associated management, compared to a combined total of approximately 1,100 legacy Actavis and legacy Warner Chilcott sales professionals present at the close of the acquisition. The restructured sales organization will have equal or better coverage than the legacy Warner Chilcott sales organization in all therapeutic areas, including Women's Health, Urology, Gastroenterology and Dermatology, and includes a select number of institutional representatives to support promotion to clinics.
"Beginning at close, we initiated an extensive assessment and review process to determine the appropriate structure for our U.S. Specialty Brands sales organization, recognizing that the two companies had significant overlap in key areas," said Fred Wilkinson President, Actavis Specialty Brands. "I am confident that this organization will be an industry leader in providing support to healthcare professionals within the Women's Health, Urology, Dermatology and GI therapeutic categories."
"We are committed to supporting those professionals who were not selected as a result of this review process with appropriate severance benefits and support including outplacement services. We anticipate a smooth transition to this new sales organization and to seamlessly supporting our physician base."
The Company expects to outline the complete structure of the new Specialty Brands commercial organization at its investor day in January.
Actavis plc (NYSE: ACT) is a global, integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, brand and biosimilar products. Actavis has global headquarters in Dublin, Ireland and U.S. administrative headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey, USA.
Actavis markets generic, branded generic, legacy brands and Over-the-Counter (OTC) products in more than 60 countries, and operates a global branded specialty pharmaceutical business focused in the Women's Health, Urology, Gastroenterology and Dermatology therapeutic categories. Actavis also has a portfolio of five biosimilar products in development in Women's Health and Oncology. Actavis Global Operations has more than 30 manufacturing and distribution facilities around the world, and includes Anda, Inc., a U.S. pharmaceutical product distributor.
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