Better Health for a Better West Virginia

WV Chamber meeting Posted: September 5, 2017

Last week, I was honored to speak at the West Virginia Chamber’s annual business summit in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. It’s always great to come home, and I am proud to call West Virginia my home as well as Mylan’s birthplace. As you know, White Sulphur Springs is where Mylan was founded more than 55 years ago by two army buddies who had a vision to provide access to medicine to the good people of rural West Virginia. Today, Mylan is still doing the same thing -- just now on a global scale.

From these humble beginnings, Mylan truly has made a difference in the lives of people in the Mountain State, in our great country, and around the world. It wasn’t always easy, but through grit, passion and hard work, Mylan grew and built itself into one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. We market more than 7,500 products in more than 165 countries. In the U.S., 1 out of every 13 prescriptions dispensed is a Mylan product, and we annually sell more than 20 billion doses of medicine in the U.S. at an average selling price of just 25 cents per dose. And, most of these products are made in West Virginia by a workforce of about 3,400 hardworking people in Morgantown.

As I had the opportunity to share Mylan’s story, including some of the uphill climbs, successes and learnings we’ve achieved over the years, I realized that Mylan’s journey in many ways reflects West Virginia’s. As a company that has at times been an underdog in our industry, it’s always been about finding resiliency and persevering, just like I know West Virginia can because there simply is no substitute for hard work when it comes to achieving success.

Read the original article on Heather's LinkedIn blog