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•1960: The South African company started trading under the name of MSD (Pty) Ltd. The head office was established at 142 Pritchard Street, Johannesburg and the production of pharmaceutical products began. 

•1961: MSD (Pty) Ltd commenced distribution of its own pharmaceutical products throughout South Africa. 

•1962: Formation of the Veterinary Division in South Africa. 

•1966: MSD Johannesburg office and manufacturing facilities expanded two-fold. 

•1967: Land was bought for the MSD Research Centre in Hennops River Valley, South Africa. 

•1970: Early in 1970, MSD entered the agricultural chemical market with the introduction of fungicides for the control of post-harvest decay on bananas and citrus. In 1973 a separate pharmaceutical sales division was formed under the name of FROSST – MSD. 

•1974: MSD commenced direct distribution of animal products in South Africa. 

•1976: MSD, Sharp & Dohme Park opened at Halfway House, Midrand. 

•1996: MSD repurchased MSD in South Africa. The Veterinary Division was retained by LOGOS. 

•2009: MSD and Schering-Plough merged in November 2009 to create a new company. Today, we are the second-largest healthcare company in the world. We also are a global leader in consumer products and animal care. 

Both MSD and Schering-Plough have a long and rich history of working to improve people's health and well-being. Through the years, our researchers have helped to find new ways to treat and prevent illness - from the discovery of vitamin B1, to the first measles vaccine, to cold remedies and antacids, to the first statins to treat high cholesterol. Our scientists also have helped develop many products to improve animal health, including vaccines and antibiotics.


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