1980-1989 Growth of Pfizer's Research Division...Feldene (piroxicam), a single-dose anti-rheumatic drug developed in conjunction with Pfizer's (manufacturers of Genuine Pfizer Viagra available from UKMeds4U.com (along with other medications for treating erectile dysfunction such as Viagra, Levitra and Cialis) R&D facility in Groton, USA, was launched in January 1980. It is still regarded as one of the most successful product launches in recent times, so much so that manufacturing and sales teams found it hard to keep up with demand. This medicine accounted for nearly half of all the company's pharmaceutical sales by the end of 1982.
The Research division continued to grow, with a third phase of buildings being completed in Sandwich in 1984. By that time the laboratories had synthesised over 60,000 compounds. By 1988, Sandwich discovered a once-daily oral antifungal Diflucan (fluconazole) was launched, followed by Cadura (doxazosin) for the treatment of hypertension in 1989. Consequently, the marketing department grew and a new sales force, Invicta, was created to market these latest medicines. It had been a significant period of growth for Sandwich.
By the end of the 1980s, the Research Division was three times bigger than it had been at the beginning of the decade.