Upsher-Smith Laboratories

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Upsher-Smith Laboratories
TypePublicly traded
Industry Pharmaceuticals
Headquarters Maple Grove, Minnesota, United States
Products generic drugs

Upsher-Smith Laboratories, LLC is an American pharmaceutical company based in Maple Grove, Minnesota that has delivered generic medications for nearly a century. Upsher-Smith is a part of Japan-based Sawai Pharmaceutical, Co. Ltd.




Founded in 1919 as a maker of digitalis drugs, [1] Upsher-Smith has traditionally focused on the manufacture of generic medications. In 2017, after owning and operating Upsher-Smith for 47 years, the Evenstad family made the decision to sell the largest part of their company, the generics business, to Sawai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., a large publicly traded generics company in Japan that had been seeking entry into the U.S. market. [2]

Upsher-Smith’s non-generic pharmaceuticals businesses Proximagen, Pairnomix and MOBĒ remained with ACOVA, a holding company owned by the Evenstads.


Upsher-Smith Supplies CVS Pharmacies and offers generic pharmaceuticals to treat the following disease states: [3]

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  2. "Sawai Pharmaceutical Completes Acquisition of Upsher-Smith Laboratories Generics Business". May 31, 2017.
  3. "Upsher-Smith Products".