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Mylan, a global pharmaceutical company, was founded in West Virginia and has a major manufacturing facility in Morgantown. The Morgantown facility is one of the company’s 39 manufacturing sites around the world.

Mylan produces around 1,400 generic pharmaceuticals and several brand medications to treat diseases such as arthritis, depression, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and schizophrenia. In addition, it offers a range of drugs upon which approximately 40 percent of HIV/AIDS patients in developing countries depend.

Mylan was founded in 1961 as a pharmaceuticals distributor by Milan “Mike” Puskar and Don Panoz in White Sulphur Springs in a former skating rink. The company initially purchased finished goods from other companies and resold them to pharmacies and doctors across rural parts of the state.

The distribution company started making vitamins and antibiotics when it moved to Morgantown in 1965 and began manufacturing its generic version of penicillin G in 1966, which launched its success. The company boomed in the 1980s, when Congress made it easier to receive Food and Drug Administration approval for generic drugs.

In 2014, Mylan acquired some of Abbott Laboratories’ non-U.S. businesses, and subsequently moved its tax address to the Netherlands where lower corporate tax rates are in place. The company was criticized for the move, which resulted in substantially lower taxes than are required in the United States. In 2019, Mylan merged with Pfizer’s Upjohn division, creating a new company, Viatris Inc., which became the owner of Mylan Pharmaceuticals. In December 2020 Viatris announced that the Mylan plant in Morgantown would be closed by July 2021, eliminating 1,500 jobs in the area.

Mylan operates one of the largest active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturers and currently markets products in about 145 countries and territories. In the United States, one in every 13 prescriptions dispensed, brand or generic, is filled with a Mylan product.

Written by Scott Finn