Industry Press Releases

Avara Pharmaceutical Services acquires Consumer Healthcare facility from GSK in Aiken, South Carolina

Friday, Sep 22, 2017

Avara Pharmaceutical Services has signed an agreement with GSK to acquire a GSK consumer healthcare manufacturing facility in Aiken, South Carolina. "This acquisition is an important component of our strategic plan and expands our services by adding additional solid dose capability in the United States, which is in very high demand," stated Timothy C. Tyson, Chairman and CEO. The transaction is expected to complete on or before June 1, 2018.

Avara Pharmaceutical Services is a state-of-the-art contract manufacturing and technical services organization providing both API formulation and manufacturing, along with secondary formulation, manufacturing and packaging of small molecule drugs, including highly potent compounds.  Avara has secondary manufacturing technologies including granulation, coating, blending, encapsulation, compression and drying of tablets and capsules. Avara also has sterile manufacturing capability.

Following completion of the transaction with GSK, Avara Pharmaceutical Services will have seven sites. Three in the US, including the corporate HQs; one in Puerto Rico, one in the UK, one in Ireland, and one in Italy.

Norwalk, CT (USA) – Corporate HQ
Arecibo, Puerto Rico – Secondary manufacturing and packaging
Shannon, Ireland – API formulation and manufacturing
Norman, OK (USA) – Secondary manufacturing and packaging
Avlon, United Kingdom – API formulation and manufacturing
Liscate, Italy – Sterile Manufacturing.
Aiken, South Carolina – Secondary manufacturing and packaging

"As we celebrate another important milestone, we continue with great confidence to add pharmaceutical services and capabilities with complementary offerings in key regions in this rapidly growing market. Each of our sites have significant professional experience, state of the art capability and a long history of delivering high quality pharmaceuticals that meet or exceed customer expectations and regulatory requirements in every major market around the world.  The people who are a part of the Avara team are the key to our long-term success," said Tyson. "We are focused on delivering on our commitments and earning the trust of every customer we deal with."

About Avara

Avara Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., based in Norwalk, Connecticut is an international pharmaceutical services company that delivers world-class contract manufacturing and technical services to the pharmaceutical industry. Avara has primary and secondary manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe and supplies products to all major markets around the world.  Avara's broad experience with supply chain, commercialization, product launch and product transfer allow us to sustain exemplary levels of product quality and regulatory compliance. The company is known to exceed customer service level expectations and consistently deliver on time, in full at a fair price. For more information, please visit our website at

CONTACT: Guy Tiene, 212-366-4455