William R Warner and Company Limited
- Eastleigh, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
1856 - William R. Warner opened drug store in Philadelphia, PA, UNited States; Warner invented a tablet coating process that allowed medicine to be encased in a sugar shell. 1886 - Warner gave up retail pharmacy business and began drug manufacture under the name William R. Warner & Co.
1908 - company acquired by Gustavus A. Pfeiffer & Company, a patent medicine company from St. Louis, MO, United States. Pfeiffer retained the Warner company name and moved headquarters to New York; by 1940s - some 50 companies had been acquired including Richard Hudnut Company (1916) and the DuBarry cosmetic company.
1950 - company renamed Warner-Hudnut;
1952 - New Jersey Chilcott Laboratories purchased;
1955 - merger between Warner-Hudnut and Lambert Pharmacal to form Warner-Lambert Company;
1956 - relocated to Morris Plains, New Jersey, United States
1970 - acquired Parke, Davis & Co. and Schick Shaving
1970s and 1980s - acquired cough drop manufacturer Smith Brothers and American Optical
1982-1986 - American Optical divested; purchased IMED Corp. and divested (1986)
1990s - formed joint ventures with Glaxo Holdings plc and Wellcome plc to orchestrate the movement of the companies' drugs from prescription to over-the-counter and generic markets.
1993 - acquired Wilkinson Sword
2000 - merger with Pfizer Inc. and a unit called Warner-Lambert Consumer Group was retained.
2001 - Warner-Lambert Consumer group renamed Pfizer Consumer Healthcare
2003 - Pfizer merged with Pharmacia Corp
1960s - English HQ: Eastleigh, Hampshire;