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Beyond Viagra Town: profiling the Irish pharma industry

The vast majority of the world’s supply of Viagra is manufactured by Pfizer in a small village in County Cork, Ireland, Leading to comical rumours that the vapours of the erectile dysfunction drug is causing an aphrodisiac effect on the town’s men. This modern folk tale highlights the outsized pharma manufacturing capacity and expertise that exists in Ireland. Allie Nawrat charts the development of Ireland’s pharma industry from the 1950s and considers the country’s future growth prospects.


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