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Happy families in the pharmaceutical industry

Abstract

Many large pharmaceutical companies operate subsidiaries or divisions with separate names and identities. Some of these subsidiaries have been specially created while others are survivors, in name, of take-overs or mergers. This has led to an increase in the number of trading companies promoting pharmaceutical products and to the practice of transferring established products from the parent companies to their subsidiaries. The results of the proliferation and re-organisation of companies will affect prescribers.

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