Allergan Receives CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ Accreditation

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Allergan, Inc. (NYSE: AGN) has received CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ accreditation, recognizing the organization’s commitment to taking concrete actions to reduce the cancer risk of its employees and their families through screenings, early detection, and healthy changes in lifestyle and in the workplace.

William C. Weldon, chairman and chief executive officer of Johnson & Johnson, chairs the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization of cancer-fighting CEOs who created the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, many of its designated cancer centers, and leading health non-profit organizations and professionals. Today, more than one million and a quarter employees and family members are benefiting from the vision and leadership of employers who have chosen to become Gold Standard accredited.

“The leadership and commitment of Allergan and their CEO, David Pyott is exemplary,” said Weldon. “CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation is further testament that Allergan’s efforts to improve health begin with improving the health of their own employees.”

The CEO Cancer Gold Standard calls for companies to evaluate their health benefits and corporate culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to fight cancer in the workplace. To earn Gold Standard accreditation, a company must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by discouraging tobacco use; encouraging physical activity; promoting healthy diet and nutrition; detecting cancer at its earliest stages; and providing access to quality care, including participation in clinical trials.

Other organizations joining Allergan in championing this workplace-based effort to eliminate cancer as a public health threat include: Aetna, Aldagen, Inc., AlphaMed Press, the American Cancer Society’s National Home Office and Mid-South Division, the American Legacy Foundation, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Aptuit, AstraZeneca, C-Change, Cigna, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Duke Medicine, Edelman, Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Fox Chase Cancer Center, GlaxoSmithKline, Hawai’i Pacific Health, Hogan & Hartson, Independence Blue Cross, Jenner & Block, Johnson & Johnson, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, LiDestri Foods, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, MDU Resources, Meridian Health, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, Minot State University, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, The National Cancer Institute, Nevada Cancer Institute, Novartis, The Oncology Nursing Society, OSI Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, PhRMA, PPD, Pride, Inc., Quintiles Transnational, sanofi-aventis, SAS Institute, Saint Barnabas Health Care System (NJ), State Farm, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, The University of North Dakota, US Oncology, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Virtua Health, WCA Hospital, Wistar Institute and XCelience, LLC.

About Allergan

Allergan, Inc. is a multi-specialty health care company established 60 years ago with a commitment to uncover the best of science and develop and deliver innovative and meaningful treatments to help people reach their life’s potential. Today, we have more than 8,000 highly dedicated and talented employees living in more than 100 countries, a rich and ever-evolving portfolio of pharmaceuticals, biologics and medical devices, and state-of-the-art resources in R&D, manufacturing and safety surveillance that help millions of patients see more clearly, move more freely and express themselves more fully. From our beginnings as an eye care company to our focus today on several medical specialties, including ophthalmology, neurosciences, obesity, urologics, medical aesthetics and dermatology, Allergan is proud to celebrate 60 years of medical advances and proud to support the patients and physicians who rely on our products and the employees and communities in which we live and work.

About The CEO Roundtable on Cancer

The CEO Roundtable on Cancer was founded in 2001, when former President George H.W. Bush challenged a group of executives to "do something bold and venturesome about cancer within your own corporate families." The CEOs responded by creating and encouraging the widespread adoption of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard which calls for organizations to evaluate their health benefits and workplace culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to fight cancer in the workplace. For more information on the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ and the web-based accreditation process and support, please visit www.CancerGoldStandard.org.

© 2010 Allergan, Inc. Irvine, CA 92612.



CONTACT:

For more information:
CEO Roundtable on Cancer
John Dornan, Executive Director
P: 919-531-0966
[email protected]
or
Allergan, Inc.
Caroline Van Hove
P: 714-246-5134
[email protected]

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