Consumer HealthCare

We are fully committed to making our Consumer HealthCare business autonomous and sustainable through our core ambition: bring care and comfort to the daily lives of people around the world with healthcare solutions they can trust. We develop and deliver a portfolio of strong and purposeful products for patients and consumers. We started this journey a few years ago with Smecta® brand. Building on 45 years of expertise in functional gastrointestinal disorders, we are moving forward with other gastrointestinal products and plan to extend it over time to other consumer healthcare categories.

Consumer HealthCare

Our heritage

Ipsen Consumer HealthCare is the historical activity of Ipsen: a long-standing expertise in gastrointestinal (GI) disorders developed over more than 45 years, and a global footprint in 80 countries.

Our brands related in 4 main therapeutic areas (GI, cognitive disorders, pain, cough and cold.) have strong medical and commercial value, allowing for sustainable and shared growth with our partners.

We believe every day matters

At Ipsen Consumer HealthCare, we are committed to taking care of patients and consumers around the world, by providing comfort and relief when they need it most. We work with our partners and healthcare professionals to deliver a broad range of healthcare solutions that help people get the most out of every day.

Our vision

We pursue a three-fold ambition: establishing a growing, autonomous and sustainable consumer healthcare business.

Over the years, we have developed a portfolio of well-known brands that we continue to consolidate. These strong foundations have led us to strengthen our position in key European markets (France, Italy), and capture market growth in emerging markets such as Russia, China and Algeria.
In addition to leveraging our key brands (Smecta®, Forlax® & Tanakan®), we are extending our capabilities to include new solutions like medical devices and food supplements.

About us

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“The whole team is fully committed to bring people across the world care and comfort in their daily lives with health care solutions they can trust.”

Benoît Hennion, Executive Vice President, Consumer HealthCare

Our history

Ipsen’s history shows how entrepreneurship, ambition and tenacity have transformed the small-town French pharmacy created in 1929, into a global leader in specialty care. With this same mindset, we are transforming our heritage in primary care into a successful Consumer HealthCare business with a global outlook.

Ipsen’s long-standing expertise in consumer healthcare spans the value chain, from active ingredient, to finished product, to the patient, with special expertise, in gastrointestinal (GI) disorders.

Over the decades, we have developed an expertise in clay-based products as well as Gingko Biloba natural extracts. This expertise has led to the launch of brands such as Smecta® for diarrhea, Forlax® for constipation, Fortrans® and Eziclen®/Izinova® colon-cleansing solutions, Tanakan® for cognitive disorders.

The 6 most recent illustrations of our transformation


We have revitalized this activity by enriching our capabilities, reinforcing our portfolio and expanding our geographical footprint.

New formulations and new partnerships have been developed to better serve the needs of patients around the world.


We signed an agreement with the Swedish firm Probi for the commercialization of the probiotic strain Lactobacillus plantarum 299v (LP299V®).


We acquired (from Sanofi and Boehringer ingelheim) six consumer healthcare products in some European territories. This transaction further accelerated the development of our Consumer HealthCare business and our conversion into an OTx (combined prescription and over-the-counter) business model.


We acquired 100% of the Italian company Akkadeas Pharma, whose diversified portfolio includes probiotics, medical devices and food supplements. In addition to providing a springboard for Ipsen’s future development in Italy, Akkadeas has become our Italian distributor for Smecta® (distributed under the brand name Diosmectal® in Italy).


We acquired (from Novascon) Floractin®, a range of probiotics in Poland.

Floractin® brand was launched in 2013 and includes Food supplements (FS) and Food for Special Medical Purposes (FSMP) under different galenic: drops, powder and capsules produced and commercialized in Poland. Building on well-known strains such as Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG and recommended by the Polish Pediatrician association. Floractin® range targets babies, children and adults offering probiotic and rehydration solutions recommended by scientific societies (WGO, ESPGHAN, FISPGHAN).


We signed a strategic cooperation with McKin Company in China to distribute and promote the range of Health Food Supplements K-Max® in pharmacies .

K-Max® is an American brand launched in China in 1997, with a portfolio of high-quality, all-natural-ingredient nutrition products. It covers 6 main categories: cardio & cerebrovascular health, vitamins, sleep & health, immune enhancement, gastrointestinal health and others like women’s health.

Altogether it represents a range of 22 SKUs mainly dedicated to adults and stamped with the important “Blue Hat” Chinese quality label for Food Supplements

Our history

Our portfolio

Because every day matters to each of us, Ipsen Consumer Healthcare constantly innovates for the benefit of both patients and consumers, offering a large portfolio of drugs, medical devices and food supplements solutions that are scientifically proven and recognized by healthcare professionals.

Today, almost 75% of Ipsen Consumer HealthCare revenues are realized in gastroenterology.

Our expertises


Manufacturing excellence

Expertise & Competencies

Our internal industrial affairs team embed state-of-the-art facilities and high quality standards with outstanding competencies in clays, macrogol, sachets and liquid sticks as well as product development skills to fulfill a robust and successful innovation pipeline.

Our industrial team has also developed an expertise in managing successful technical transfers, collaborating with external manufacturers and contract manufacturing for external customers (CMO).

Production sites

Ipsen CHC regularly invests in its industrial sites to keep them at the forefront of technology and efficiency, meeting strict quality and safety criteria.

70% of our world production comes from France, with 2 manufacturing sites:

  • Dreux (Eure-et-Loire): development and production

All manufacture, packaging and storage of Ipsen Consumer HealtCare’s oral medicines (sachets, tablets, capsules, liquid forms, sticks) is carried out at the Dreux site.

  • L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (Vaucluse): The Global Production and Advanced Research Centre for Natural Therapeutic Clay. 2/3rd of production is dedicated to European and Chinese markets.

Our industrial site in China (Tianjin) is dedicated to the Chinese market.


Those 3 sites continuously work to improve their social and environmental impacts across the value chain: they are certified ISO 14001 (environment) and OHSAS 18001 (safety and health).
Dreux has been certified ISO 50001 (energy savings) end of 2020.

They are also Good Manufacturing Practioners (GMPs).

Our expertises

Our employees

Our 1250 colleagues worldwide are united by their confidence in our business, and their desire to improve people’s quality of life every day.

By joining Ipsen Consumer HealthCare you will:

  • Work for a global company with a strong reputation and a start-up mindset. Agility, entrepreneurship and trust are central to our way of doing business.
  • Contribute to bringing care and comfort into the daily life of thousands of patients and families across the world, while keeping innovation and quality at the heart of everything you do.
  • Benefit from a collaborative and open-minded culture, which offers a wealth of opportunities to talented and ambitious people.

Our employees

Ipsen Consumer HealthCare is an employer of choice,
recognized by external certifications

Top Employer Certified Excellence in Employees Conditions Russia 2021
Best Workplaces Great place to Work Greater China 2020


Ipsen offers exciting opportunities that will challenge your abilities, expand your skills and reward your contribution in a positive atmosphere of personal and professional development.

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