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New York-based Pfizer and Allergan, which has its HQ in Dublin, have today merged – creating the world's biggest drug company.

The deal is said to be worth an astonishing €145bn.

In a statement, the company – which will be called Pfizer PLC – has pledged to continue its “discovery and development of new innovative medicines for patients.” And it added that the merger “brings together two biopharma powerhouses to change lives for the better”. 

Head of Pfizer Ian Read will now be chief executive and chairman of the organisation, with Dublin-based Allergan boss Brent Saunders becoming president and chief operating officer.

The move also allows Pfizer to pay a lower rate of corporation tax through its newly-acquired Irish office – potentially saving the company hundreds of millions annually.

The Allergan factory is based in Westport, Co Mayo and employs close-to 1,000 people in Ireland. Principally it manufactures the likes of contact lenses, breast implants, anti-depressants and Alzheimer's drugs – and is also well-known for making the anti-wrinkle treatment, Botox.

Pfizer, which was founded in New York in 1849, is already the manufacturer of Viagra, along with statins, antibiotics and vaccines, and cancer and HIV drugs – some of which the WHO deems "essential" for global healthcare needs. 

It already employs around 3,200 people at seven sites in Ireland – making it one of the biggest providers of jobs in the country.


People have been using Botox not just for wrinkle prevention for a while now.

And the fact that Botox can be used to help prevent sweating in certain areas of your body is now being utilised by some women in order to achieve their best hair looks.

Yes, it is being reported that women are having Botox injected into their scalps in order to beat her dreaded hair frizz.

It’s called, being seriously here, the Blow-tox.

Blow-tox sessions includes having Botox injected into your scalp, around the face and neck area, and then having your usual blow dry done.

Sounds lovely, if you’re not afraid of needles.

When Botox is injected into the scalp it blocks the nerves the transfer messages to the sweat glands, so your hair becomes less frizzy and also won’t need to be washed as frequently.

Dr Sabika Karim told Mail Online about how the treatment “can stop the perspiration that spoils hair and looks so unappealing.”

Fourty-four-year old Michelle MacCormack said she was “so fed up of my daily hair struggles and its terrible condition”, so wanted to give the Botox treatment a chance.

And now she can’t get enough of it.

She says that four months on “it’s cut the amount of blow-drying I do by half. I still run straighteners over the top layer of hair, but only briefly. And the style stays sleek all day.”

Michelle now also only has to wash her hair twice a week. So her hair struggles are no more, lucky her.

While Blotox does sound like it could rid a lot of us of our hair woes and blow dry struggles, and cut back on the amount of heat styling we have to do, it does have a con, or two.

“I paid £400, which sounds a lot,” says Michelle. That’s €560, which is a lot Michelle. But hey, who doesn't want the chance to have Blake Lively's glossy mane?

Dr Zamani, who practises at the Cadogan Clinic in London’s fancy pants Sloane Square, also has said that Blow-tox is not without danger.

“There’s always a risk of neck weakness if you inject around the muscles that hold up your head.”


The stunning Michelle Keegan has admitted she’s willing to do anything to keep her beautiful looks. The Coronation Street star opened up about all things botox and even revealed some secret’s about Mark Wright’s beauty regime.

Niamh Geaney reports.

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