Emma Walmsley became the chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline 22 months ago, looking like the opposite of a pharma insider: She was, instead, steeped in the business of selling toothpaste and Tums. Appearances may have been deceiving — because she’s betting on drugs.

Walmsley had run Glaxo’s consumer business for five years, and had previously worked for 17 years at L’Oréal. But if her tenure at the helm of Glaxo so far makes one thing clear, it’s that she is now all-in on pharma. In three years she plans to spin off the same consumer business she ran after merging it with Pfizer’s unit that sells Listerine and ChapStick, and, by the way, larding the new company with accumulated debt she’s sure it can quickly pay off.

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  • I have been trying since last September to obtain the vaccine Shingrix for myself and husband. CVS and Walgreens in my area,(Millis and Medway Mass)have repeatedly informed me that deliveries of this vaccine are few and far between. The GSK company has made promises that substantial deliveries are on the way. There have been no such deliveries; not in this area anyway. Now we are being told that deliveries of this vaccine will start in May 2019.
    I hope we don’t develope shingles in the meantime. It has been a very long wait and will continue for the second dose. Poor management and very poor communication.

  • ‘Last October, Glaxo decided it will once again pay physicians for speaking for the first two years some products are marketed. “It’s absolutely critical that physicians can talk to peers,” Miels said.‘

    That’s totally what the $ is for. Because physicians can’t talk to each other without getting paid by Pharma….

  • Listerine is sold J&J Product. Pfizer sold their consumer products to J&J and acquired consumer products through Wyeth purchase. Those consumer products are being combined with GSK Consumer Products and going to be spun-off.

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