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Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) is one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. Brand name drugs include Plavix (heart disease), Pravachol (cholesterol) and Avapro (hypertension). BMS also makes the antipsychotic medication Abilify and a number of other oncology, virology (including HIV) and autoimmune disease drugs. Through its Mead Johnson subsidiary, BMS makes Enfamil infant formula and other nutritional products for children. The company has over 30 manufacturing plants worldwide and ten research and development (R&D) centers in five countries. The U.S. accounts for approximately half of BMS' global sales.
In the fiscal year ending in December of 2009, the company reported sales of approximately 18.81 billion dollars and had 35,000 employees. 
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Bristol-Myers Squibb does animal testing.
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USDA AWA reports
As of May 26, 2009, the USDA began posting all inspection reports for animal breeders, dealers, exhibitors, handlers, research facilities and animal carriers by state. See also USDA Animal Welfare Inspection Reports.
Bristol-Myers contract tests out to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). Huntingdon Life Sciences is the 3rd largest contract research organization (CRO) in the world and the largest animal testing facility in all of Europe. Firms hire CROs to conduct animal toxicity tests for agrochemicals, petrochemicals, household products, pharmaceutical drugs and toxins. HLS has a long history of gross animal welfare violations. See also Huntingdon Life Sciences.
Abilify is an antipsychotic drug. In September 2007 the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that BMS agreed to pay over $515 million dollars in a settlement over drug pricing and promotion practices:
- "from 2002 through the end of 2005, BMS knowingly promoted the sale and use of Abilify, an atypical antipsychotic drug, for pediatric use and to treat dementia-related psychosis, both 'off-label' uses. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Abilify to treat adult schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, but has not approved the use of Abilify for children and adolescents or for geriatric patients suffering from dementia-related psychosis. Indeed, the FDA has mandated that the package for Abilify carry a “black box” warning concerning its use in the treatment of dementia-related psychosis. Nonetheless, BMS directed its sales force to call on child psychiatrists and other pediatric specialists, and the sales force then urged physicians and others providers to prescribe Abilify for pediatric patients.
BMS also created a specialized long term care sales force that called almost exclusively on nursing homes, where dementia-related psychosis is far more prevalent than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder." 
Drugs used to treat HIV and AIDS are various classes of toxic chemotherapies known as "antivirals" or "antiretrovirals". See also AIDS industry.
Toxic drug trials on foster children
See also foster child drug trials.
Bristol-Myers Squibb is the maker of the antidepressant drug Buspirone (marketed as Buspar) that was found useful in helping reduce smokers' anxiety when trying to quit. 
In 1989, after Henry Kravitz purchased R.J. Reynolds, he hired Louis Gerstner, a board member of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute, to run the company. Gerstner was promptly thrown off Sloan-Kettering's board, but was elected to the board of Bristol Myers. The Bristol-Myers Squibb company went smoke-free in its offices around 1993. 
The company spent $3,804,276 for lobbying in 2009. $3,429,276 went to in-house lobbying and the remainder went to 9 lobbying firms. Some of the firms used were used were Patton Boggs LLP, the Nickles Group, Foley Hoag LLP and BKSH & Associates.
Personnel & board
- James Cornelius - Chairman & CEO
- Lamberto Andreotti - President, Director & COO
- Charles Bancroft - Acting CFO 
Executive compensation (2006)
- James M. Cornelius - Chairman & CEO, $455,000
- Andrew R. J. Bonfield - CFO & Executive VP, $809,000
- Stephen E. Bear - Senior VP, Human Resources, $466,000
- Elliott Sigal - Chief Scientific Officer, Executive VP, $728,000
- Lamberto Andreotti - Executive VP, President, Worldwide Pharmaceuticals, $1,010,000 
Selected board members
- James D. Robinson III, Chairman, Bristol-Myers Squibb
- Lewis B. Campbell, Chairman, President & CEO, Textron Inc.
- Michael Grobstein, Retired Vice Chairman, Ernst & Young 
Bristol-Myers Squibb 345 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10154
Web address: http://www.bms.com
Articles & sources
- AIDS conspiracy
- AIDS industry
- Animal testing
- Foster child drug trials
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- National Primate Research Center System
- Pharmaceutical industry
- War on Cancer
- Ellen V. Futter - former board member
- Stephen I. Sadove
- Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. - former CEO
- Al Whittaker - former president
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