WHEREAS, The Texas House of Representatives is proud to recognize April 6, 1999, as Pfizer Legislative Day at the State Capitol; and
WHEREAS, Pfizer, Inc., is a research based pharmaceutical and health care products manufacturer; this year marks the company's 150th anniversary, and through the years it has grown and prospered, now annually generating approximately $13 billion in sales and allocating more than $2 billion for research and development of new medicinal therapies; and
WHEREAS, In addition to being responsible for such important drugs as Norvasc, Procardia, Zoloft, Zithromax, Trovan, Diflucan, and Zyrtec, Pfizer also markets the three most successfully launched pharmaceutical products in history, Viagra, Celebrex, and Lipitor; current drug candidates in development offer potential treatments for cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, schizophrenia, and migraine; and
WHEREAS, This respected enterprise was recognized by Forbes magazine as the Company of the Year, and for two consecutive years it was the top rated pharmaceutical company by Fortune magazine; Pfizer has also been listed by American Benefactor magazine as one of the most generous companies in the United States, donating more than $81 million worth of pharmaceuticals in 1997; and
WHEREAS, Pfizer has given generously in Texas, donating more than $9.4 million in pharmaceutical products through prescription assistance programs in 1998 alone and in excess of 400,000 prescriptions since 1993; last year Pfizer gave roughly $358,000 in cash grants to educational and charitable interests and more than $100 million worth of pharmaceutical products to physicians for dispensation to patients with severely limited financial resources; and
WHEREAS, The visiting Pfizer delegation includes Lee Adams, Robert Adams, Ken Ardoin, Michael Arras, Jennifer Benes, Pam Bertrand, Antonia Betancourt Hernandez, Margaret Bloch, Ruel Bobet, Jeffery Bourgeois, Becky Brosche, James Brosche, Talley Bryan, Vicky Bryant, Lou Burke, Ronald Cain, Laurel Castillo, Christopher Clark, Kelly Coates, John Cole, Michael Collins, Clarence Conn, James Coombes, Jeffrey Cotten, Kameron Craft, Kyle Cunov, Kenneth Curll, Scott Devine, Roslyn Dickens, Juliana Dukes, Catherine Dunwody, Candace Dyson, Melanie Eads, Richard Edelen, Darren Elisar, Tony Ezell, Richard Frech, Stephanie Friedhoff, Laura Garcia, Craig Gill, Juan Gonzalez, Dennis Gooch, Woody Goodson, Jr., Sandy Halliburton, Leon Hamilton, Chuck Hardwick, Forest Harper, Jo Anne Harper, Steven Harper, Vaughn Hawkins, Scott Heno, Gaylen Hinch, Sissy Hinojos, Edward Hinojosa, Larry Holden, Heather Holman, Daphne Holmes, Kelly Howard, Marisa Huddleston, Holly Hurst, R. C. Jackson, Jr., Thomas Jenkins, Michael John, Kerry Jones, Marcus Jones, Stan Jones, Le Kearney, James Kendall, Keri Kimler, Marie Louise Kinder, Robert Kinley, John Knighten, Dennis Kozak, Scott LaFerney, Dong Lee, Todd Liddell, Anthony Lisotta, Maria Liuzzi, Daniel Livesay, Gene Lochridge, Sara Madsen, Greg Marcus, Chad Mauldin, Amy Maxwell, Brandon May, Damian May, Linda Meeks, Kimberly Mineo, Patrick Morris, Michael Nejame, Mary Nelson, Denton Nerison, Edward Newell, James Nichols, Ted Nite, Luci Nix, Laura North, Maritza Oldfather, Bruce Pennington, Carissa Perez, Tessa Phillips, Roger Potyk, Rick Powell, Heidi Puhalovich, Deborah Quinones, Anne Ramsey, Catherine Rector, Jay Reynolds, Amy Rickman, Laura Root, Marybeth Rush, Jason Russell, Paula Russell, Michael Samra, Winston Schooley, Joseph Shetler, Leah Silva, William Simmons, Debbie Smith, Vrai Smith, Murray Smith, Craig Smith, Kenneth Smith, Tammy Snyder, Chris Steere, T. K. Stohlman, Jeremy Stout, Aristotle Sunio, Douglas Tate, Johnny Teague, Dan Ting, Caroline Tomlinson, Hector Valadez, Theodore Van Anne, Brandee Vinson, Tamara Visin, Mark Walgren, John Ward, John Warren, Angela Watts, Amy Webster, Sean Wolfe, Gary Wrobel, Ginger Young, and Tim Young; and
WHEREAS, Pfizer, Inc., is truly a philanthropic company that has significantly improved the quality of life for many citizens of the Lone Star State, and it is most deserving of special recognition at this time; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 76th Texas Legislature hereby recognize April 6, 1999, as Pfizer Legislative Day at the State Capitol and extend to the members of the Pfizer delegation sincere best wishes for an enjoyable visit to the State Capitol.
Speaker of the House
I certify that H.R. No. 552 was adopted by the House on April 6, 1999, by a non record vote.