- John M. Gregory (businessman)
John M. Gregory is a former CEO of
King Pharmaceuticalsand resides in Bristol. In addition to having started up King Pharma back in 1994, Gregory has started up several other notable business ventures including SJ Strategic Investments (a privately held investment firm) and Leitner Pharmaceuticals. Most recently, Gregory has also made major investment outside of the pharmaceutical industry, such as his investment within the privately held United Coal Companylocated in southwest Virginia.
King Pharma acquiring U.S. rights to Altace
During 1994, the U.S.
National Right to Life Committeeannounced an anti- RU-486 boycott, targeting all Hoechst pharmaceutical products including Altace. By September 17, the pro-lifeorganization, Pharmacists For Life International, joined the NRLC anti-RU-486 boycott "...against the American subsidiary of Hoechst, AG Hoechst-Roussel, Hoechst-Celanese, its generic subsidiary Coply Pharmaceuticals and the agricultural Hoechst subsidiary" [http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ProLife.News/1994/pln-0419.txt "3) Pharmacists For Life Joins International Boycott"] . Life Communications. November, 1994.] while asking U.S. consumers to "...focus on key Hoechst drugs which have the most economic impact rather than taking an across-the-board shotgun approach" and specifically targeting Altace as a boycott list item. [ [http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/VA-news/VA-Pilot/issues/1994/vp940708/07080818.htm "Abortion Foes To Boycott Drugs (Altace) Made By RU-486 Manufacturer"] . The Virginia-Pilot. Associated Press. July 8, 1994.]
Hoechst merged with Marion Merrill Dow of Kansas City, Missouri in 1995, forming the Hoechst U.S. pharmaceutical subsidiary Hoechst Marion Roussel (HMR).
Altacewas bringing in under $90 million in U.S. revenues for HMR and Hoechst had stopped promoting Altace within the United States. [http://www.forbesimg.com/forbes/2002/1028/136_print.html "Faith Healers: The born-again Gregory brothers worked a financial miracle from cast-off drug brands"] . Forbes. Zina Moukheiber. October 28, 2002.] , and King PharmaceuticalsPresident Jefferson "Jeff" Gregory also began negotiations in 1995 with Hoechst to acquire U.S. distribution rights to Altace.
King Pharmaceuticalswholly owned subsidiary Monarch Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (another brother - Joseph Gregory - was then the president of Monarch Pharmaceuticals) acquired ownership of the U.S. distribution and marketing rights to Altaceand other Hoescht products from Hoescht AG subsidiary Hoechst Marion Roussel of Kansas City, Missouri on December 18, 1998, and [ [http://www.custservices.com/news.asp?up=8 "Monarch Pharmaceuticals acquired"] . sanofi-aventis Group. December 18, 1998.] following a January 1999 merger with Rhône-Poulenc, Hoechst assummed the new corporate identity of Aventis).
In 2001, "
Forbes" magazine ranked Gregory among the 400 richest Americans. The bulk of Gregory's personal fortune was due in large part due to the ability of King Pharma to reintroduce the prescription drug Altaceback into the U.S. market under the King Pharma subsidiary Monarch Pharmaceuticals brand following the 1998 U.S. marketing and distribution agreement between King and Hoechst/HMR.
Political connection to Altace, pharmaceutical industry
Gregory, along with his family members and subordinate company executives, has been making considerable financial impact through his political campaign donations to Republican candidates in Tennessee, Virginia and Maryland state elections and within both U.S. congressional and presidential elections on the federal level, with extremely large amounts of his money being donated to the treasury of his very own Tennessee Conservative PAC which he created and other political action committees supporting Republican candidates. Gregory is also a prominent campaign contributor to pro-life political action committees in Tennessee:
*the Tennessee Right To Life PAC [ [http://www.timesnews.net/article.php?id=3672677 "John Gregory uses checkbook to promote conservative causes"] . Hank Haynes. September 3, 2006.]
*the State of Franklin PAC [ [http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_66366.asp "Campaign Finance Reform Bill Fails"] . Andy Spears. May 3, 2005.] , and ;
*the Tennessee Conservative PAC. [ [http://www.tennesseeconservative.org/about-us.php "Tennessee Conservative PAC - About Us"] . Brett Holcomb.]
Gregory financed and founded the Tennessee Conservative PAC as the political action committee's original president [ [http://www.tennesseeconservative.org/bio_Gregory.php "John M. Gregory: Founder and Chairman"] . Brett Holcomb.] .
Tennessee State Senator
Ron Ramseyorganized an August 1999 lobbying airlift from Northeast Tennessee aboard King Pharmaceuticals-owned corporate aircraft and flew to a Nashville meeting with TennCareDirector Brian Lapps that was also attended by State Representatives Jason Mumpower, Steve Godsey, and David Davis at the request of King Pharmaceuticals lobbyist [http://go4truth.com/138/ "Leading Democrats castigate King Pharmaceuticals"] . go4truth.org AP news article. September 30, 2004] and former Tennessee State Senator James "Jim" L. Holcomb. The meeting was successful in placing the recently acquired Monarch Pharmaceuticals (a King Pharmaceuticals subsidiary) branded drug Altace onto the TennCare Preferred Drug List within only 33 days. Lapps resigned as TennCare Director on September 27, 1999. [ [http://184.108.40.206/search?q=cache:yeiZjse4f0MJ:www.tennessean.com/sii/99/09/28/tncare28.shtml+Lapps+resigns+TennCare&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=1 " TennCare chief Lapps resigns"] . Tennessean. Bonna M. de la Cruz. September 28, 1999.]
Aventis went on in 1994 to merge with
Sanofi-Synthélabo, forming Sanofi-Aventisas the third largest pharmaceutical company in the world.
* [http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/King-Pharmaceuticals-Inc-Company-History.html Funding Universe. King Pharmaceuticals, Inc.]
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