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Where we come from

Although firmly rooted in Germany, today we are very much a growing global business. An integrated research and development company, we have an enviable track record of bringing effective pain treatments and state-of-the-art technologies to patients. Our high level of investment in R&D is testament to our unwavering commitment to innovation.

Grünenthal Pharma Ltd., Ireland, a wholly owned subsidiary of Grünenthal GmbH, was established in 2005. With headquarters in Dublin, the company distributes and markets pain and anti-infective products under an exclusive distribution agreement with Grünenthal GmbH.

Grünenthal Pharma Limited markets Qutenza, Zydol® (tramadol HCI), Zydol SR®, Ixprim®, Ixprim Effervescent®, Versatis®, Palexia Film Coated Tablets® and Palexia SR®.

2008 Ixprim®

Ixprim® the first fixed-dose analgesic containing paracetamol and a small dose of tramadol used for the treatment of acute pain is launched in Ireland.

2011 Versatis®

Versatis® is launched, a topically acting lidocaine patch used for the treatment of neuropathic pain after herpes zoster

2018 Qutenza

Launch of the Qutenza capsaicin patch, indicated for the management of neuropathic pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia (PHN).


Thalidomide will always be a significant part of our company history.
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