WILMINGTON — Though the Alkermes manufacturing facility here provided days off for employees for the Thanksgiving holiday, a group of approximately 40 employees banded together to volunteer to work Thanksgiving.
The reason is they wanted to make absolutely certain they would meet manufacturing deadlines for Alkermes’ product, Vivitrol, a medication for opioid dependence, said a company spokesperson.
The demand for Vivitrol continues to expand, the spokesperson said, and the opioid epidemic has not let up.
For this reason, employees felt it necessary to ensure they are doing their part to get this medication out to people who need it most.
Because of this employee offer, site leadership brought in Thanksgiving dinner for every shift and invited family members of those volunteering to work to come to the facility to have a meal together.