Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc was formed under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) on February 18, 2000, as a result of the amalgamation of TXM Corporation and Biovail Corporation International. Biovail was continued under the Canada Business Corporations Act effective June 29, 2005. In connection with the acquisition of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (Valeant) in September 2010, Biovail was renamed Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. It is a multinational, specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company that develops, manufactures, and markets a range of branded, generic and branded generic pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter products OTC, and medical devices such as contact lenses, intraocular lenses, ophthalmic surgical equipment, and aesthetics devices, which are marketed directly or indirectly in over 100 countries. The Company operates in two segments; Developed Markets and Emerging Markets. In the Developed Markets segment, it focuses its efforts in the eye health, dermatology, and neurology therapeutic classes. The Developed Markets segment consists of four reporting units based on geography, namely; U.S., Canada and Australia, Western Europe, and Japan. In the Emerging Markets segment, it focuses on branded generics, OTC products, and medical devices. The Emerging Markets segment consists of three reporting units based on geography, namely; Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Latin America, and Asia & South Africa. Its principal pharmaceutical products are; Wellbutrin XL, Xenazine, Zovirax Cream, Zovirax, Lotemax, Arestin and Prolensa. Its principal OTC products are; PreserVision, ReNu Multiplus, Ocuvite, Artelac, and CeraVe. The Company relies on a combination of contractual provisions, confidentiality policies and procedures and patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrecy laws to protect the proprietary aspects of its technology and business. Its top four geographic markets are; the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Canada, Poland and Russia. The Company competes with specialty and other pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, biotechnology companies, OTC companies and generic manufacturers, in the U.S., Canada, the EU and in other countries in which it market its products. The principal raw materials, including active pharmaceutical ingredient, used by the Company or its third party manufacturers for its various products are purchased in the open market or are otherwise available from several sources. The Company is subject to extensive U.S. federal and state health care marketing and fraud and abuse regulations, such as the federal False Claims Act, federal and provincial marketing regulation in Canada and similar regulations in foreign countries in which it may conduct its business.
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