Perrigo Voluntarily Recalls Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol; Reaffirms 2020 Guidance
Date of Release: Sept. 17, 2020
DUBLIN /PRNewswire/ — Perrigo Company plc (NYSE; TASE: PRGO) today announced a voluntary U.S. nationwide recall of albuterol sulfate inhalation aerosol to the retail level after previously halting production and distribution. These actions are being taken out of an abundance of caution as a result of complaints that some units may not dispense due to clogging. Perrigo’s generic albuterol sulfate inhalation aerosol was developed in partnership with and manufactured by Catalent Pharma Solutions.
Corrective action plans are underway and a definitive timeline for product reintroduction has not been determined at this time.
The Company expects to take a charge of approximately $18 million to $22 million in the third quarter for this market action and has not recorded any sales of the product since late August 2020. Despite this, the Company is reaffirming its fiscal year 2020 adjusted EPS guidance range of $3.95 to $4.15 due to continued strong consumer demand in the Consumer Self-Care Americas business and faster than projected recoveries in the Consumer Self-Care International and base Rx businesses that were most negatively impacted by COVID-19 lock-downs. This guidance assumes no further albuterol sulfate inhalation aerosol sales for the remainder of the year.
Perrigo Company plc (NYSE; TASE: PRGO) is a leading provider of Quality, Affordable Self-Care Products and over-the-counter (OTC) health and wellness solutions that enhance individual well-being by empowering consumers to proactively prevent or treat conditions that can be self-managed. Led by its consumer self-care strategy, Perrigo is the largest store brand OTC player in the U.S. in the categories in which it competes through more than 9,000 SKUs under customer ‘own brand’ labels. Additionally, Perrigo is a Top 5 OTC company by revenue in Europe, where it markets more than 200 branded OTC products throughout 28 countries. The Company also commercializes and manufactures generic prescription products in the U.S. Visit Perrigo online at www.perrigo.com.
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