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Avara Pharmaceutical Services to buy GSK's consumer healthcare facility in South Carolina

Published 22 September 2017

Avara Pharmaceutical Services has signed an agreement to acquire a GSK consumer healthcare manufacturing facility in Aiken, South Carolina.

This acquisition is an important component of our strategic plan and expands our services by adding additional solid dose capability in the United States, which is in very high demand," stated Timothy C. Tyson, Chairman and CEO. The transaction is expected to complete on or before June 1, 2018.

Avara Pharmaceutical Services is a state-of-the-art contract manufacturing and technical services organization providing both API formulation and manufacturing, along with secondary formulation, manufacturing and packaging of small molecule drugs, including highly potent compounds. 

Avara has secondary manufacturing technologies including granulation, coating, blending, encapsulation, compression and drying of tablets and capsules. Avara also has sterile manufacturing capability.

Following completion of the transaction with GSK, Avara Pharmaceutical Services will have seven sites. Three in the US, including the corporate HQs; one in Puerto Rico, one in the UK, one in Ireland, and one in Italy.

  • Norwalk, CT (USA) – Corporate HQ
  • Arecibo, Puerto Rico – Secondary manufacturing and packaging
  • Shannon, Ireland – API formulation and manufacturing
  • Norman, OK (USA) – Secondary manufacturing and packaging
  • Avlon, United Kingdom – API formulation and manufacturing
  • Liscate, Italy – Sterile Manufacturing.
  • Aiken, South Carolina – Secondary manufacturing and packaging

"As we celebrate another important milestone, we continue with great confidence to add pharmaceutical services and capabilities with complementary offerings in key regions in this rapidly growing market. Each of our sites have significant professional experience, state of the art capability and a long history of delivering high quality pharmaceuticals that meet or exceed customer expectations and regulatory requirements in every major market around the world. 

The people who are a part of the Avara team are the key to our long-term success," said Tyson. "We are focused on delivering on our commitments and earning the trust of every customer we deal with."



Source: Company Press Release