H. Lundbeck A/S is a Danish
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 international pharmaceutical company
Pharmaceutical company
The pharmaceutical industry develops, produces, and markets drugs licensed for use as medications. Pharmaceutical companies are allowed to deal in generic and/or brand medications and medical devices...

 engaged in the research and development
Research and development
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, production, marketing
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, and sale of drugs
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 for the treatment
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 of disorders in the central nervous system (CNS), including depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington's disease, epilepsy and insomnia.

Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark Lundbeck has international production facilities in Denmark, Mexico, Italy and France and affiliates or sales offices in 57 countries. Lundbeck employs around 5.900 people globally (as of 2010), and the company’s products are registered in more than 100 countries world wide.

In 2010, the company's revenue
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 was DKK 14.765 billion (€1.97 billion).

Lundbeck is listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange
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Lundbeck is a full member of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations
European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations
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 (EFPIA) and of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA)


The company was founded by Hans Lundbeck in 1915, and was initially a trading company
Trading company
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 supplying a variety of goods to the Danish market, including machinery for manufacturing
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, aluminium foil
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, artificial sweeteners, and photographic equipment
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Lundbeck entered the pharmaceutical market in 1924, importing medicine
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s and cosmetics
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 from companies based in other Europe
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an and American
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 countries. By the late 1930s, Lundbeck had begun to produce its own medicinal products and had established its own research
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 department. Production continued during the Second World War, although it was limited due to a lack of raw materials.

After the war, Lundbeck continued to grow and in 1957 the company introduced Truxal for the treatment of schizophrenia, entering the market for brain disorders.
From the late 1970s and up through the 1980s, Lundbeck diverted its old agency business and thus became a dedicated pharmaceutical company focusing on the production of drugs used to treat disorders and diseases of the central nervous system
Central nervous system
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In 1989, Lundbeck launched the anti-depressant Cipramil, which became the cornerstone for the company’s international expansion and in 2009 Lundbeck, bought Ovation and established a commercial platform in the USA.

Key products

Key products are the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor
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(SSRI) escitalopram
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, and memantine.

Lundbeck manufactures drugs as escitalopram
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 (Cipralex/Lexapro) against (depression), memantine (Ebixa) against Alzheimer’s disease, rasagiline
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 (Azilect) against Parkinson’s disease, tetrabenazine
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 (Xenazine) against chorea associated with Huntington's disease, sertindole
Sertindole is an antipsychotic medication. Sertindole was developed by the Danish pharmaceutical company H. Lundbeck and marketed under license by Abbott Labs. Like other atypical antipsychotics, it has activity at dopamine and serotonin receptors in the brain. It is used in the treatment of...

 (Serdolect) against schizophrenia and vigabatrin
Vigabatrin is an antiepileptic drug that inhibits the catabolism of gamma-aminobutyric acid by irreversibly inhibiting GABA transaminase. It is an analog of GABA, but it is not a receptor agonist...

 (Sabril) against epilepsy.


Lundbeck also produces Nembutal Sodium Solution (pentobarbital
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 sodium injection, USP), and holds the only license to manufacture pentobarbital in the United States. The drug has been chosen as a substitute for Sodium thiopental
Sodium thiopental
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 in the three drug cocktail used for execution by lethal injection
Lethal injection
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 in that nation. In 2011, several human rights organizations such as Reprieve, Amnesty International
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, Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador Bianca Jagger
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 as well as abolitionists from around the world have criticized Lundbeck for not adding an ‘end user’ agreement to prevent importers from selling Nembutal® to American prisons for use in executions. The company refused to investigate the drug's safety as an ingredient in lethal injections. Lundbeck has written to U.S. state prison authorities requesting that pentobarbital not be used in lethal injections.
On May 13, 2011, Danish pension fund Unipension sold its 300,000-share stake (ca. DKK 40 million) in Lundbeck arguing that the company has not given an acceptable explanation on its rejection to meet demands made by human rights groups and activist to add an end-user agreement to restrict the distribution of its Nembutal drug in the United States.

On July 1, 2011, Lundbeck announced that it would not sell Nembutal to prisons in U.S. states that carry out executions. By introducing a new distribution system, Nembutal will be supplied exclusively through a specialty pharmacy drop ship program that will deny distribution of the product to prisons in U.S. states currently active in carrying out the death penalty by lethal injection.

See also

  • Tarenflurbil, which the company had arranged for EU distribution rights on prior to termination of its development by Myriad
  • Desmoteplase
    Desmoteplase is a novel, highly fibrin-specific thrombolytic agent in phase III of clinical development. In 2009, 2 large trials were started, and the results of these studies will determine whether desmoteplase will gain marketing authorization as a safe and effective treatment for patients with...

    , a novel, highly fibrin-specific thrombolytic agent in phase III of clinical development.

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