Sales force largely intact following Astellas merger

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The merger of two Japanese pharmaceutical giants into Astellas hit Yamanouchi Pharma America headquarters staff but left its sales force largely unscathed.
Yamanouchi was folded into Fujisawa earlier this month to form Astellas, pairing the former's urology franchise and primary care reach with the latter's diverse specialty
The company's field-based sales force of around 140, which last year launched Vesicare for overactive bladder with GlaxoSmithKline, was spared deep cuts. Astellas officials
did not disclose the number of Yamanouchi Pharma America staff that had left or been laid off, but said around 200 Yamanouchi employees joined Astellas, including sales reps.
The company's headquarters marketing staff alone had numbered
around 200.
The combined company boasts 1,900 U.S. employees and drugs including Yamanouchi BPH drug Flomax, a co-promote with Boehringer Ingelheim, Vesicare and Fujisawa's flagship eczema treatment, Protopic. Astellas also has products in transplants, cardiovascular and infectious diseases.
The firm's pipeline includes a treatment for acne vulgaris, and Mycamine, an anti-infective for the treatment of candida fungal infections, was approved in March and will launch in May.


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