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The history of Gedeon Richter


Until 1914

    Gedeon Richter Plc., the largest pharmaceutical factory in Hungary, was established by pharmacist Gedeon Richter in 1901. Richter is not only the founder of the Company, but the establishment of his firm also marked the beginning of the development of the Hungarian pharma-ceutical industry. Initially, small-scale pharmaceutical production took place in the "Sas" (Eagle) Pharmacy, which still operates. Independent pharmaceutical research and production activities were launched in Hungary in those days. However, pharmaceutical production at an industrial scale necessitated heavy investments and large-scale pharma-ceutical manufacturing activities were considered to be extremely capital-intensive operations even by the established standards in western countries.

Gedeon Richter

Initially, the laboratory that operated on the premises of the pharmacy processed extracts from animal organs and produced organotherapeutic drugs. The plant was built in 1907 in Budapest's Kőbánya suburb. In parallel with the international trends of the pharmaceutical industry in those days, the Company first produced organotherapeutic drugs and processed plant extracts and later started synthetic production. Gedeon Richter's products are still apreciated in therapy, for example the lecithin products, antiseptic and febrifuge products as well as pain killers (Hyperol, Kalmopyrin, Tonogen), that are used nowadays in first aid too.

Between 1914 and 1945

Between 1945 and 1991

Between 1991 and 2003

From 2004 onwards