Nord Ovest; Lombardia; Milano
Location of affected unit(s)
Agrate Brianza
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Goods In Specialised Stores
47.7 - Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores

376 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
26 August 2008
Employment effect (start)
30 September 2008
Foreseen end date


X-Pharma, a pharmaceutical company specialising in sales services, is to close its branch located in Agrate Brianza (in the province of Milan) with the loss of 376 jobs. The workers affected by the closure are sales representatives. According to the company, the closure is mainly due to the sectoral economic crisis that principally affects the sales services. The trade unions and the sectoral employers’ association are trying to involve the national authorities in order to find adequate measures to relaunch the sector.

X-Pharma belongs to the Pharmexx Group, a multinational company founded in Germany in 1999. It is one of the leading contract sales and marketing organisations worldwide, which takes over tasks in the sales, marketing and distribution areas for pharmaceutical companies. The group is represented in 23 countries.


  • 7 September 2008: Il Sole 24 Ore
  • 27 August 2008: Il Sole 24 Ore


Eurofound (2008), X-Pharma, Closure in Italy, factsheet number 67110, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67110.