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A Pharma Success Story

Duchesnay’s focus on maternal health stems from personal experience. We are a family-owned company and, back in the 1980s, a member of the owner’s family experienced an issue with her pregnancy. She discovered that the information provided by her physician and her pharmacist was very different – her physician thought that a drug was safe to use, but when she went to obtain the drug she discovered that her pharmacist was unwilling to dispense it, as they felt there was a lack of information available to show the drug was safe in pregnancy. Ultimately, she found that the decision on whether or not to take the drug was down to her alone. The family felt that this was a lot of responsibility to place on individual pregnant women, and so the decision was made to transition away from the former focus on over the counter drugs in favor of a new mission: to become a pharmaceutical company that could provide reliable medical information and medications to women and their unborn children.

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Eric Gervais

Eric Gervais is Executive Vice-President at Duchesnay, Canada.

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