S.A.L.A.R.S. S.p.A. (Ltd. Co.) founded in 1932 in Milan, was the first and is presently the only manufacturer of Opium derivatives in Italy, mainly narcotics, for pharmaceutical and scientific use.

A small firm with a team of 25 very specialized employees in this unique field. In 1936 the control of the majority of the shares was taken over by Commendatore and Member of Parliament, Achille Castelli, who handed over the Company to his son Cino F. Castelli (Chemical Engineer) for the reconstruction of the factory and the General Management, of which he was responsible for several decades, mainly together with his son D. Castelli, who is still in charge.

The present factory built in Como in 1950, occupies an area of 1,120 m² of a total area of 1,800 m². The capital now stands at Euro 1,500,000.-

The main clients and suppliers of S.A.L.A.R.S. S.p.A. include companies of acclaimed international importance such as: A.C.R.A.F. Angelini, Italy; Zambon, Italy; Novartis, Italy; Alpharma, U.K.; Glaxo, Australia; Tasmanian Alkaloids, Australia (Johnson & Johnson Group U.S.A.); Merck Generics, U.K.

S.A.L.A.R.S. S.p.A. supplies high-ranking Italian and foreign State Laboratories, such as the United Nations Laboratories in Vienna, the Italian and Swiss police forces and the Ministry of Health in Rome. Furthermore, the Company also collaborates with International Pharmacopoeias for the preparation of new draft monographs, as in the case of: Morphine salts, Codeine salts, Buprenorphine HCl and base, and Dihydrocodeine Tartrate.

S.A.L.A.R.S. S.p.A. is an acknowledged official producer and supplier of Opiates to U.S.P. (United States Pharmacopoeia).

On numerous occasions S.A.L.A.R.S. S.p.A. has been the largest world exporter of Dihydrocodeine, according to the United Nations Narcotics Statistics yearly source.

S.A.L.A.R.S. S.p.A. mainly manufactures but trades also in a wide range of narcotic and related substances, which are also available as analytical Standards. Since 1991 S.A.L.A.R.S. S.p.A. is the exclusive distributor for the Italian market of Standards produced by ALLTECH Applied Science Labs., U.S.A.

S.A.L.A.R.S. S.p.A. is regularly inspected by Police and Health Authorities, in accordance both with legal requirements and G.M.P. standard procedures connected with the manufacture of Opiates A.P.I.

Due to the uniqueness of the materials which S.A.L.A.R.S. S.p.A. handles (narcotics), some information concerning the phases of production cannot be disclosed in detail for security purposes, which is not the case for producers of other active ingredients. For this same reason the methods of production of S.A.L.A.R.S. S.p.A. may also differ from conventional methods.

More than seventy years of dynamic activity in the production of Opium derivatives is proudly considered as an excellent achievement by the staff of S.A.L.A.R.S. S.p.A.