Innovation, commitment, quality and integrity are the hallmarks of our business, from the development of innovative new products to the delivery of new therapies to patients.
Thanks to the more than 97,000 Pfizer colleagues around the world we met our yearly commitments and continued to build the company's capabilities toward our goal to become the world's premier, innovative biopharmaceutical company by the end of this decade.
Notably, in 2015, Pfizer achieved its first year of operational revenue growth since 2009. This occurred largely due to the strong performance of new product launches and despite facing several difficult challenges including overcoming another $3.2 billion in losses of exclusivity, the slowdown in several global markets, and the continued pressure on access and pricing for our medicines. Our return to operational revenue growth is a sign that our efforts to speed up innovation are taking hold.
In 2015, we also took transformative steps to position Pfizer for the future with the acquisition of Hospira, Inc. and our pending combination with Allergan.
Improving the performance of our innovative core
Making the right capital allocation decisions
Earning greater respect from society
Creating an ownership culture
Our purpose at Pfizer is to bring therapies to patients that significantly improve their lives. That, essentially, has been our goal since our founding in Brooklyn in 1849 and remains at the heart of our business.
Since 2011, our first priority has been to improve the performance of our innovative core — the engine that powers Pfizer and provides hope for those with unmet medical needs.
To achieve this goal of greater R&D productivity meant that we had to:
Sharpen our focus on the core therapeutic areas where we have the highest probability of success. This meant expanding in some areas and deprioritizing others
Strike innovative, often groundbreaking, collaborations with others to speed scientific progress and share the risks and rewards of developing the most promising ideas
The re-engineering of Pfizer's global research and development function during 2011 and 2012 is now paying off. Since 2011, Pfizer has had 15 new drug approvals, all of them addressing important, unmet medical needs, often through first-in-class mechanisms of action.
Here are the highlights:
Cancers of all types continue to be among the leading causes of death and disability around the world. Significant progress is being made in understanding cancer and using this understanding to develop new therapies to moderate it. Pfizer has made oncology a priority area for our research efforts.
In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Ibrance® for certain cases of metastatic breast cancer in women. We anticipate a decision by the end of 2016 regarding its approval in the European Union. We also continue to invest in Xalkori® and have received approval from the FDA in March of this year for it as a potential treatment for a molecular subgroup of non-small cell lung cancer, referred to as ROS-1.
We now have a broad portfolio of compounds that we believe can support the expansion of a strong, deep, competitive position in oncology. This portfolio is anchored in a partnership with Germany's Merck KGaA and focuses on the field of immuno-oncology, investigational therapies that harness the body's immune system to fight cancer.
We have five immuno-oncology assets in human studies, the most advanced being avelumab, which may be effective against cancers of the bladder, kidney, head and neck, and stomach.
We believe the breadth of our novel portfolio assets, such as 41BB and OX40 antibodies that support potential combination therapies with avelumab, can be a competitive advantage in this market.
Inflammation is the root cause of many diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and ulcerative colitis. Building on our heritage, we are pioneering an approach to inflammation involving the use of janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors, which interfere with the inflammation process. Starting with Xeljanz,® our first-in-class JAK inhibitor introduced in 2012 for rheumatoid arthritis, Pfizer has built a world-leading capability in JAK science and is now pursuing the development of a promising JAK3 and dual-acting JAK1/TYK2 compounds to address inflammatory bowel disease as well as exploring their use against lupus.
We continue to invest in Xeljanz, filing in 2015 for a once-daily treatment for patients with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis.
Pfizer has a longstanding history of expertise in heart disease and metabolic disorders. In cardiac care, our development efforts center on
bococizumab, a monoclonal antibody that targets a protein interfering with the removal of low density lipoproteins (LDL) — commonly known as
bad cholesterol. Bococizumab's extensive lipid-lowering clinical trials continued on pace in 2015 and are expected to complete in
2016. Many patients are unable to have their LDL cholesterol lowered optimally, despite statin therapy or diet and exercise. With bococizumab,
we aim to prove that lowering LDL to levels not possible through any other means will have a clear cardiovascular benefit.
Type 2 diabetes, the adult onset type, is growing at an epidemic pace. Pfizer and Merck & Co., Inc. have a collaboration to develop ertugliflozin, a new class of diabetes medicines called SGLT2 inhibitors. Now in Phase 3 trials, both as a single agent and in combination with other commonly prescribed diabetic medications, ertugliflozin enables the kidneys to remove and excrete excess glucose from the body.
The good news that people are living longer also means that people are more prone to age-related neurological diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. We are advancing promising compounds for Parkinson's, a disease state that has not seen an innovative new treatment in three decades.
We also are exploring the concept of trans-diagnostic domains, where the same treatment principles may apply across a range of mental disorders. For example, understanding the workings of the brain's AMPA receptors may open the doors to a new class of potential medicines suitable for treating serious mental conditions ranging from Alzheimer's to depression. Our most advanced AMPA receptor program is focused on treating the difficulties in learning and memory associated with schizophrenia, a devastating disease for patients and society.
Chronic pain is a high need area with one in five American adults affected by chronic pain. In 2015, Pfizer and our partner, Eli Lilly, were cleared by the FDA to continue late-stage clinical testing on tanezumab, a non-narcotic treatment aimed at chronic pain.
More than 350 million people around the world suffer from one of the more than 7,000 rare diseases identified to date. Building on our 20 years of experience in rare disease therapies, Pfizer's pipeline includes potential treatments for those affected by sickle cell disease, TTR-cardiomyopathy, growth hormone deficiency, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Huntington's disease, cystic fibrosis and other rare diseases, four of which are in late-stage registration-seeking trials. Rivipansel,® for sickle cell crises, entered Phase 3 studies in 2015.
An example of our commitment to rare disease patients is Rapamune,® approved previously for the prevention of organ rejection in kidney transplantation. In 2015, through Pfizer's work with the FDA, the clinical investigation team, and the LAM Foundation, the FDA approved Pfizer's Rapamune as a treatment of lymphangioleiomyomatosis, an ultra-rare but often fatal disease that affects fewer than 1,000 people in the U.S.
Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions.
2015 marked the manufacture of the billionth dose of Prevenar/Prevnar 13,® our vaccine for the prevention of pneumococcal disease in babies and adults. Additionally, we continued to advance the preventative and therapeutic vaccines in our pipeline and strengthened our vaccines portfolio. In 2015, we began enrolling patients in a Phase 2 clinical trial of our investigational Staphyloccus aureus vaccine, designed to prevent this widespread but increasingly drug-resistant bacterium. We also restarted the Phase 2 program for our Clostridium difficile vaccine, aimed at the bacteria responsible for 29,000 U.S. deaths each year and generally found among the frail and elderly.
In addition, given the lack of licensed vaccines that specifically protect the lives of pregnant women and newborns, Pfizer is looking into maternal vaccinations to protect against dangerous infections like Group B streptococcus, respiratory syncytial virus and cytomegalovirus, a virus that can lead to serious disabilities in infants.
Biosimilars — highly similar versions of already approved biologics — are poised to play an increasingly important role in health care. Biosimilars may offer safe and effective treatment options for patients and savings for health care systems. Biosimilars represent an attractive global opportunity and we anticipate the global biosimilars market may approach $20 billion by 2020.
We are gaining experience in making and marketing biosimilars with three products already available in select markets and more than eight years of experience in Europe.
In 2015, in addition to achieving operational revenue growth, we again met or exceeded our revenue and adjusted earnings per share* guidance.
Pfizer returned $13.1 billion to shareholders in 2015 through share repurchases and dividends. We sustained our seven-year record of increasing our dividends and are now in our 77th consecutive year of paying dividends.
Since 2011, we have returned $78 billion to our shareholders through share repurchases and dividends and the price of Pfizer shares has increased about 70.7%, exceeding the S&P 500.
Pfizer's commercial business operates as two businesses — an innovative products business and an established products business. This has enabled us to make more precise capital allocation decisions for each, and to provide flexibility in managing our operations.
Today, the innovative products business is organized into two operating segments: Global Innovative Pharmaceuticals and Global Vaccines, Oncology and Consumer Healthcare. Much of Pfizer's R&D investment is directed to these segments.
We saw strong growth from the products early in their lifecycles. Specifically, the Prevnar family grew 46% operationally, primarily due to the growth in the adult indication in the U.S.; Ibrance has been prescribed by over 5,000 physicians in the U.S. and over 20,000 metastatic breast cancer patients have received this new therapy; and the blood-thinning treatment Eliquis continues to gain significant momentum within the cardiologist and primary care physician community across the globe. Other significant products that grew included Xeljanz, Lyrica,® and Nexium® 24HR, the over-the-counter medication designed to reduce stomach acid.
Our Global Established Pharmaceutical business (GEP) manages more than 600 generic or late-lifecycle branded pharmaceuticals and biologics. It has a robust portfolio with strong margins and good cash flows, along with a reliable supply chain and an excellent reputation for quality.
This business was strengthened in 2015 with the acquisition of Hospira, which we believe will help to accelerate the growth trajectory of the GEP business through its leading market positions in injectable medicines and biosimilars. We are seeing the benefits we anticipated for this combination and have bolstered its scientific foundation with a dedicated research and development function.
We continue to pursue other business development deals that enable our strategy. In 2015, we added high quality, complementary vaccines to our portfolio by acquiring two vaccines, Nimenrix® and Mencevax,® from GlaxoSmithKline.
Late in 2015, we announced an agreement with Allergan to bring our two companies together.
A combination with Allergan has the potential to drive growth in our Innovative business, strengthen our Established business and enable us to more efficiently allocate our capital around the world. Both companies bring a great deal of scientific and product expertise to the proposed combination, and shared philosophies on our approaches to research and development.
Following the closing of the transaction our commercial business will continue to operate as two businesses — an innovative products business and an established products business. The two operating segments of the innovative products business will be Global Innovative Pharmaceuticals and Global Specialty and Consumer Brands.
A more complete discussion of how this combination will bring together two great companies that have a strong strategic fit and the benefits it will bring to both patients and investors can be found at our website www.premierbiopharmaleader.com. We are confident that we are taking the appropriate steps to achieve the milestones for closing the transaction in the second half of 2016.
Earning the respect of society is fundamentally grounded in trust. Regulators have to trust our integrity, health care providers have to trust our quality, and patients have to trust us to provide them safe and effective medicines.
In 2015, our robust compliance programs continued to guide how we operate in everything we do everywhere in the world to meet the needs of
the patients we serve and their families. Building on our commitment to an ownership culture, in the fourth quarter the company launched the
Integrity is... campaign, which emphasizes individual accountability by encouraging our colleagues to explore what integrity means to
them and to consider how conducting their daily business with integrity is fundamental to Pfizer's success.
This is an expectation almost unique in global business and is one that we take very seriously.
Of particular note, our U.S. patient assistance program, Pfizer RxPathways,® helped more than 250,000 people access our medicines during 2015. We greatly expanded the eligibility of this program to those making up to four times the federal poverty level and provided those eligible Pfizer medicines for free or at a savings. For more information on this program, go to www.PfizerRxPathways.com.
In 2015, we also continued our long-term relationship with the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), which we helped found in 1998. The goal of ITI is to eliminate blinding trachoma by 2020; this is a devastating but completely preventable disease with more than 230 million people at risk in 58 nations. In November 2015, we marked the donation to the ITI of our 500 millionth dose of Zithromax,® our oral antibiotic effective in the treatment of blinding trachoma.
We also have several other corporate responsibility partnerships including a partnership with GAVI — the global vaccines alliance — to help provide pneumococcal vaccines to children in GAVI countries through 2025 and with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation to bring Sayana® Press, Pfizer's long-acting contraceptive, to women in 69 countries in the developing world.
We continue to share information that may be valuable to all people on preventing disease and maintaining health and wellness at all stages
of life. Our
Get Healthy Stay Healthy platform for health information, which includes television and online content, has reached tens
of millions of people, with more than 90 million views of the program's content in 2015.
We also continued our efforts to improve our reputation in the communities in which we operate, with regulators, lawmakers, our shareholders,
consumers, the media and the investor community. Our Get Old program continues to foster a candid conversation about aging, redefining
what it means to get
old and encouraging individuals to adopt healthy behaviors in order to live longer and more productive lives. In 2015,
we saw a significant increase in visits to GetOld.com, higher social engagements and more than 300,000 consumers become part of the Get Old
In 2011, we set an imperative to build an ownership culture, where colleagues fully understand their role in driving Pfizer's success. We take building an ownership culture as seriously as we take building our business. Each year, we survey our colleagues to determine their viewpoints on the business and to find out what concerns them as they execute their work.
In 2015, our colleagues told us through our annual survey that we are making significant progress in encouraging them to take thoughtful risks and that they can be open and raise tough issues, have constructive debates and act with speed and decisiveness.
We are encouraged by the changes we have seen in the past few years, with more diversity in thinking and action, greater empowerment among colleagues, and increased enthusiasm for the mission and purpose of our company. The progress we have made in embedding an ownership culture is providing the momentum for our strong performance, and I believe that Pfizer's ownership culture will become a sustainable competitive advantage for us.
2015 was a transformational year for Pfizer. We enter 2016 with a much stronger business compared to five years ago. We achieved operational revenue growth and have a solid portfolio of market-leading products and a healthy R&D pipeline. We completed the Hospira acquisition and strengthened the future potential of the company through the proposed Pfizer-Allergan combination.
We have set rigorous goals for 2016 and beyond. Thank you for your confidence as we continue to drive Pfizer towards achieving our mission of becoming the world's premier biopharmaceutical company.
Ian C. Read
Chairman and CEO
We encourage you to read our 2015 Financial Report, which includes our financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2015, which can be found here.
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Improve Pfizer's ability to innovate in biomedical R&D and develop a new generation of high value, highly differentiated medicines and vaccines.
Invest and allocate our resources in ways that create the greatest long-term returns for our shareholders.
Earn society's respect by generating breakthrough therapies, improving access, expanding the dialogue on health care and acting as a responsible corporate citizen.
Build and sustain a culture where colleagues view themselves as owners, generating new ideas, dealing with problems in a straightforward way, investing in open and candid conversations and working as teammates on challenges and opportunities.
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