Shire plc (LSE: SHP), (NASDAQ: SHPGY), (TSX:SHPGY-Q) is a Jersey-registered, Irish-headquartered manufacturer of pharmaceuticals. Originating in and with a large operational base in the United Kingdom, its brands and products include Adderall XR, Carbatrol, Fosrenol, and the recently released Vyvanse.
Shire was founded by Harry Stratford, Dr James Murray, Dennis Stephens, Peter Moriarty, and Geoff Hall in 1986. It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1996 and in 1997 it went on to acquire Pharmavene and Richmond Pharmaceutical Company. In 2007 it acquired New River Pharmaceuticals Inc, a leading US drug maker, for $2.3bn.