West Virginia Pharmaceutical Factory Closes

CHARLESTON, West Virginia, USA (AP) – A West Virginia pharmaceutical factory that employed about 12,500 people has had to close despite intense efforts by unions and activists to keep it running.

The Mylan plant in Morgantown has had to close, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

Pharmaceutical company Viatris Inc announced in December that it would have to lay off employees at the end of July. The facility was previously operated by Mylan, which last year merged with Upjohn to create a new company. Viatris, which announced a 20% reduction in its payroll globally, is today one of the leading manufacturers of generic drugs.

The decisions hit the economy of West Virginia hard, a state that has been trying to attract investment.

Several activist and union groups called on President Joe Biden on July 21 to intervene to save jobs. A campaign by the Our Revolution group founded by Bernie Sanders had called on Biden to use the Defense Production Act to avoid closure and create a commission to find ways to keep the factory open.

The White House has not responded publicly to the factory shutdown or the groups’ letter, the Gazette-Mail reported.

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