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November 29, 2015 6:08 PM ET


Company Overview of Pharmacia LLC

Company Overview

Pharmacia LLC develops, manufactures, and markets prescription pharmaceutical products, including primary care, hospital care, cancer care, ophthalmology, and endocrine care products. The company also operates in other businesses, such as consumer health care, animal health, diagnostics, contract manufacturing, and bulk chemical sales. Pharmacia Corporation sells its products to pharmacies, hospitals, chain warehouses, governments, physicians, wholesalers, and other distributors. Pharmacia LLC was founded in 1901 and is based in Kalamazoo, Michigan with additional offices in Skokie, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; South San Francisco, California; Stockholm and Helsingborg, Sweden; Milan, Ital...

7000 Portage Road

Kalamazoo, MI 49001

United States

Founded in 1901

43,000 Employees





Key Executives for Pharmacia LLC

Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources Crop at Protection Business Unit
Age: 57
Senior Vice President
Age: 58
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Pharmacia LLC Key Developments

Pfizer, Solutia and Pharmacia Faces PCB Trial in St. Louis

Monsanto is back in court fighting another lawsuit involving allegations of negligence stemming from its history of PCB production. The firm, along with a trio of associated companies, is being sued in St. Louis County Circuit Court by several people who claim to have developed lymph hematopoietic cancer after being exposed to PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, made by Monsanto. Monsanto was the primary U.S. manufacturer of PCBs from 1929 to 1977. They were used in a range of products, including food packaging and paint, before being banned by Congress in the late 1970s. It is the latest in what is expected to be a series of trials, with the company facing several similar lawsuits in local courts, along with some in California. This particular case is part of a lawsuit that was filed in 2010. After the lawsuit bounced into and out of federal court, the dozen or so plaintiffs were broken into four separate trials as a way of dealing with the large number of plaintiffs. The first trial, which lasted nearly a month, took place this summer, with a St. Louis County jury ruling in Monsanto's favor. The attorneys for plaintiffs say they have no plans to appeal that verdict. The latest trial could wrap up as early as October 2, 2015. The St. Louis County lawsuit accuses Monsanto of continuing to produce PCBs - which are very slow to degrade once released into the environment - even after it knew of the dangers they presented. The original Monsanto Chemical Co. no longer exists, leading to the inclusion of three other companies in the defendant list. They include Solutia, Monsanto's former parent; Pharmacia, which absorbed part of the old Monsanto; and Pfizer, which merged with Pharmacia in 2003. The current Monsanto is responsible for the legacy chemical claims related to PCBs, though the company has worked to put distance between the past and its modern role in agriculture.

Negligence Suit against Pharmacia Corp. Dismissed

A lawsuit filed by a widow who blamed her husband's cancer death on exposure to chemicals made by a Pharmacia Corp. predecessor was dismissed. The dismissal came after three days of jury selection in St. Louis County Circuit Court for what was expected to be up to a five-week trial. Plaintiff's attorney John Simon, of The Simon Law Firm, declined to comment on whether the dismissal meant a settlement had been reached. Defense attorney Carol Rutter of Husch Blackwell did not immediately return a phone call. Plaintiff Helen Hammonds claimed her late husbands exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, caused the North Carolina man's death in 2008 from lymphohematopoietic cancer. Congress banned the manufacture of PCBs, a chemical compound used for products such insulating fluids, ink and copy paper, in 1977. The lawsuit alleged the original Monsanto, Monsanto Chemical Co., made PCBs from 1935 until the ban and dumped PCBs into the environment. In court documents, defense attorneys said that William Hammonds condition was caused by other factors; that Old Monsanto followed laws and regulations in effect at the time it manufactured PCB products; and that production conformed with scientific and medical knowledge at the time.

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