Our History

We've done great things in the past. Today, we're doing great things for the future.

For 125 years, our company has been guided by conviction that great medicines change the world

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.

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1961

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

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1962

Formation of the Veterinary Division in South Africa.

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1966

MSD Johannesburg office and manufacturing facilities expanded two-fold.

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1967

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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.

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1974

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MSD commenced direct distribution of animal products in South Africa.

1976

MSD, Sharp & Dohme Campus opened at Halfway House, Midrand.

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1996

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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.

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"We try never to forget that medicine is for the people. It is not for the profits. The profits follow, and if we have remembered that, they have never failed to appear."

- George W. Merck

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