News: Hurricane Irene Closes Big Pharma Operations


Aug 31, 2011

Offices or manufacturing facilities of several major East Coast drugmakers shut down Monday due to power outages or other problems caused by Hurricane Irene.

Johnson & Johnson's operations in New Brunswick, N.J., site of its world headquarters, were closed Monday. The headquarters building, two other major office buildings and some smaller offices in the city were shuttered due to flooding in the area and limited road access. They have a total of about 2,000 employees.

British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline PLC said some U.S. facilities had minor water leakage or power outages. One manufacturing facility -- in Oak Hill, N.Y., with about 200 workers -- was closed Monday. Operations were expected to resume on Tuesday.