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Perrigo's Omega Pharma Struggles In 2018 As It Continues To Restructure And Divest

Executive Summary

Perrigo's Europe-focused consumer health business Omega Pharma found sales growth hard to come by in 2018 as the group worked hard to right size the organization. While it still has a way to go to completely turnaround Omega, Perrigo is starting to see these interventions pay off, with profits up for the 12 months. 

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