Privacy Policy

Effective as of December 13th, 2016.

Allergan and Ironwood Privacy Statement

Allergan plc and its global affiliates (hereafter “Allergan”) and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (hereafter “Ironwood”) collect Personal Data (as defined below) in order to serve you and communicate with you. Allergan and Ironwood respect the privacy of visitors to this website and this Privacy Statement explains how Allergan and Ironwood collect, use, and disclose your Personal Data and answers specific questions that you may have regarding privacy and security.

This Privacy Statement applies to the operation of the Linzess websites and other applications (including mobile applications), that directly link to this statement. Allergan’s and Ironwood’s global affiliates may have additional privacy statements which are specifically tailored to the laws in those countries. Those privacy statements are available when you click on "Privacy" in the footer of our affiliate websites.

1. EU-US Privacy Shield Notice and Swiss-US Safe Harbor

Allergan and its affiliates in the United States may receive Personal Data from individuals in the European Economic Area and/or Switzerland. Allergan, and its affiliates adhere to the United States-European Union Privacy Shield Principles, with respect to the collection, use, and retention of Personal Data from the European Economic Area. If there is any conflict between the terms in this Privacy Statement and the Privacy Shield Principles, with respect to the processing of Personal Data from the European Economic Area, the Privacy Shield Principles shall govern. For more information about the Privacy Shield Framework, and to view Allergan’s certification, go to https://www.privacyshield.gov/. The International Centre for Dispute Resolution (“ICDR”) acts as Allergan’s third-party dispute resolution provider, as required by the Privacy Shield Framework. If you have a complaint concerning Allergan’s Privacy Shield compliance, you may either contact Allergan directly as set forth below, or contact ICDR at https://www.adr.org/aaa/faces/services/fileacase. In certain circumstances, it may be possible for you to invoke binding arbitration. Allergan is subject to the investigatory and enforcement powers of the United Stated Federal Trade Commission, with respect to its adherence to the Privacy Shield Principles.

In addition, Allergan and its affiliates in the United States may receive Personal Data from Switzerland. Allergan adheres to the Swiss-United States Safe Harbor, with respect to the collection, use, and retention of Personal Data from Switzerland. For more information about the Swiss-United States Safe Harbor and Allergan’s certification, please visit http://2016.export.gov/safeharbor/swiss. The International Centre for Dispute Resolution (“ICDR”) also acts as Allergan’s third-party dispute resolution provider for the Swiss Safe Harbor. If you have a complaint concerning Allergan’s Swiss Safe Harbor compliance, you may either contact Allergan directly as set forth below, or contact ICDR at https://www.adr.org/aaa/faces/services/fileacase.

2. Types of Personal Data Allergan and Ironwood May Collect

This Privacy Statement explains our practices with regard to "Personal Data." Personal Data is any information that can be used to identify, locate, or contact you. It also includes other information that may be associated with such Personal Data. Examples of types of Personal Data:

  • Contact Data, which includes information such as your name, email address, mailing address, email address or phone numbers;
  • Relationship Data, including information about products, treatments and health conditions that are of interest to you;
  • Transaction Data, including purchases, inquiries, and information about how you use the Allergan and Ironwood websites and mobile applications;
  • Financial Account Data, such as your credit card number or Social Security number;
  • Geo-location Data, as may be transmitted to us by your smart phone or other location-aware devices; and/or
  • Job Applicant Data, such as your Contact Data, resume, previous work experience, education, transcript, driver’s license information, social security number or national identification number and information relating to references.

3. How Allergan and Ironwood Collect Personal Data

In most cases, we collect Personal Data directly from you that you voluntarily submit to us. We will ask you for Personal Data when you interact with us, such as registering on our websites, using any interactive features or applications, signing up to receive a newsletter or a rebate, participating in a savings program, making a direct purchase, or emailing us to ask questions. We may collect additional data from other sources, such as public records, and/or third party data suppliers who enhance our files, and/or from social media sites such as Facebook, if you like our pages or join our communities.

From time to time we may obtain from third party sources Personal Data on healthcare professionals. This information is used to verify such things as professional status, identity and specialty when providing tailored information, communications or products/and or services.

If you interact with us online, we use cookies and other technological tools to collect data about your computer and your use of our website and applications. If you use a mobile application that Allergan and Ironwood have developed, that application will inform you of the data that the mobile application collects and what information it may transfer to Allergan and Ironwood. We treat this data as Personal Data, only when it, or other data that is associated with it, can be used to identify you. For more information about cookies and other technologies, please see the “Cookies and Other Data Collection Technologies” below.

4. How Allergan and Ironwood Use Personal Data

Allergan and Ironwood may use your Personal Data for its business purposes, such as:

  • To respond to your requests for information, products, services, including managing your online accounts with us and providing warranty service for certain products;
  • To provide you with general health information (such as information on certain health conditions) as well as information about our products and services;
  • To provide you with marketing communications and offers for products and services;
  • To deliver our products;
  • To administer promotional programs, such as sweepstakes, rewards, and rebate programs;
  • To determine if you are eligible for certain products, services, or programs (such as patient savings programs);
  • If you have a business or professional relationship with Allergan and Ironwood, to develop our business relationship with you;
  • If you apply for a job via our career center, to consider you for employment;
  • For our research and development efforts;
  • To monitor and analyze our respective business operations and website and other applications usage;
  • To anonymize data so that it is no longer Personal Data
  • For product safety, such as adverse event reporting, or to communicate product safety information to you; and/or

For other everyday business purposes, such as payment processing and financial account management, product development, contract management, website administration, fulfillment, analytics, fraud prevention, corporate governance, reporting, and legal compliance.

5. When and Why Personal Data Is Disclosed by Allergan and Ironwood

Allergan and Ironwood do not sell, share, or otherwise distribute your Personal Data with third parties for their marketing purposes. Allergan and Ironwood will share your Personal Data only in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. For example, we may share your Personal Data as follows:

  • We may share your Personal Data with your consent or as you direct. For example, we may share data with your doctor as part of programs in which you agree to participate.
  • We may share your Personal Data with our affiliated companies and product co-promotion partners, which may only use your Personal Data for the purposes listed herein.
  • We may share your Personal Data with our service providers, who are bound by law or contract to protect your Personal Data and only use your Personal Data in accordance with our instructions. For example, we may share your Personal Data with vendors who provide data processing or fulfillment services for us.
  • We may also disclose your Personal Data where needed to affect the sale or transfer of business assets, to investigate legal issues, enforce our rights, protect our property, or protect the rights, property or safety of others, or as needed support external auditing, compliance and corporate governance functions.
  • We may also disclose your Personal Data when requested under legal process or otherwise required by law, such as in response to a subpoena, including to law enforcement agencies and courts in the United States and other countries where we operate.
  • Please note that we may also disclose data about you that is not personally identifiable. For example, we may publish reports that contain aggregate and statistical data about our customers. These reports do not contain any data that would enable the recipient to contact, locate, or identify you.

6. Cookies and Other Data Collection Technologies

When you visit our website or use our mobile applications, we collect certain data by automated means, using technologies such as cookies, pixel tags, browser analysis tools, server logs and web beacons.

For example, when you visit our website, we place cookies on your computer. Cookies are small text files that websites send to your computer or other Internet-connected device to uniquely identify your browser or to store data or settings in your browser. Cookies allow us to recognize you when you return. They also help us provide a customized experience and enable us to detect certain kinds of fraud.

Allergan and Ironwood use Flash Cookies (also known as Local Stored Objects), Microsoft Silverlight and similar technologies to personalize and enhance your online experience in compliance with Network Advertising Initiative standards. The Adobe Flash Player is an application that allows rapid development of dynamic content, such as video clips and animation. Flash Cookies (and similar applications) use technology to remember settings, preferences and usage similar to browser cookies, but these are managed through a different interface than the one provided by your web browser. For more information about how to manage Flash Cookies and/or Silverlight Cookies, you should refer to those sites’ privacy and data sharing statements.

Pixel tags and web beacons are tiny graphic images placed on website pages or in our emails that allow us to determine whether you have performed a specific action. When you access these pages or open or click an email, the pixel tags and web beacons generate a notice of that action. These tools allow us to measure response to our communications and improve our web pages and promotions.

We collect many different types of data from cookies and other technologies. For example, we may collect data about the device you use to access our website, your operating system type, browser type, domain, and other system settings, as well as the language your system uses and the country and time zone where your device is located. Our server logs also record the IP address of the device you use to connect to the Internet. An IP address is a unique identifier that devices use to identify and communicate with each other on the Internet. We may also collect data about the website you were visiting before you came to Allergan and Ironwood and the website you visit after you leave our site.

In many cases, the data we collect using cookies and other tools is only used in a non-identifiable way, without any reference to Personal Data. For example, we use data we collect about all website users to optimize our websites and to understand website traffic patterns.

In some cases, we do associate the data we collect using cookies and other technology with your Personal Data. This Privacy Statement governs how we use that all of this data when we associate it with your Personal Data.

Allergan and Ironwood have relationships with third party advertising companies to place advertisements on this website and other websites, and to perform tracking and reporting functions for this website and other websites. These third party advertising companies may place cookies on your computer when you visit our website or other websites so that they can display targeted advertisements to you. These third party advertising companies do not collect Personal Data in this process, and we do not give any Personal Data to them as part of this process. However, this Privacy Statement does not cover the collection methods or use of the data collected by these vendors. For more information about third party advertising, please visit the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) at www.networkadvertising.org.

7. Social Media Plugins

This website uses social medial plugins (e.g., the Facebook “Like” button, “Share to Twitter” button) to enable you to easily share information with others. When you visit our website, the operator of the social plugin can place a cookie on your computer, enabling that operator to recognize individuals who have previously visited our site. If you are logged into the social media website (e.g., Facebook, Twitter) while browsing on our website, the social plugins allow that social media websites to share data about your activities on our website with other users of their social media website. For example, Facebook Social Plugins allows Facebook to show your Likes and comments on our pages to your Facebook friends. Facebook Social Plugins also allows you to see your friends’ Facebook activity on our website. Allergan and Ironwood do not control any of the content from the social media plugins. For more information about social plugins from other social media websites you should refer to those sites’ privacy and data sharing statements.

8. Do-Not Track Signals and Similar Mechanisms

Some web browsers may transmit “do-not-track” signals to websites with which the browser communicates. Websites linked to this Privacy Statement do not currently respond to these “do-not-track” signals.

9. Tell-A-Friend Functions

Allergan and Ironwood offer “tell-a-friend” functionality on our websites. If you choose to use this function, we will collect Contact Data (as defined above) for your friend. We will automatically send your friend a one-time email with the information you specified or inviting him or her to visit the site. Allergan and Ironwood use this data for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email and we do not retain the data.

10. Your Choices

You can always limit the data you provide to Allergan and Ironwood, but if you choose not to provide certain requested information, you may be unable to access some of the services, offers, and content on our websites. You can also limit the communications that Allergan and Ironwood may send to you by following a simple opt-out process. Simply follow the instructions in our advertisement/promotional emails to opt-out of receiving future marketing communications.

Please note that even if you opt-out of promotional emails, we may still need to contact you with important transactional data about your account or your purchase. For example, even if you opt-out of advertisement/promotional emails, we will still send you a confirmation when you purchase something from our website, a notification of changes to, expiration of, or discontinuation of a program you are enrolled in, and product safety communications.

You can manage cookie preferences and opt-out of having cookies and other data collection technologies used by adjusting the settings on your browser. All browsers are different, so visit the “Help” section of your browser to learn about cookie preferences and other privacy settings that may be available.

You can opt-out of being targeted by those third party advertising companies that are NAI members online at www.networkadvertising.org.

11. Access and Correction

Allergan and Ironwood take reasonable measures to maintain updated and accurate Personal Data and we respect your right to access and correct your Personal Data. You may update your Personal Data at any time by contacting us via email at IR-PRIVACY@allergan.com, or directly by logging into on your online account, should you have one. You can also write us at the address in the “How to Contact Us” section below. If you send us a letter, please provide your name, address, email address, and detailed information about the change(s) you would like to make.

12. Data Security

Allergan and Ironwood have implemented a data security program that contains administrative, technical and physical controls that are designed to reasonably safeguard your Personal Data from unlawful use and unauthorized disclosure.

13. Disclosure to Subsequent Owner or Operator

If all or part of Allergan or Ironwood is sold or merged into another entity, the data we have about you may be transferred to a third party as part of that transaction. We will try to assure that no Personal Data that is transferred will be used or shared in a manner inconsistent with this Privacy Statement without your consent. However, in the event of a sale or merger, your continued use of this site signifies your agreement to be bound by the privacy statement and other applicable terms of the subsequent owner or operator.

14. Consent to Processing in the United States and Elsewhere

This site is owned and operated by Allergan and Ironwood in the United States, but the data you provide will be accessible to our affiliates, vendors, and suppliers in other countries. Furthermore, if you are visiting this site from another country, other than the United States, your communication with us will necessarily result in the transfer of data across international boundaries. The level of legal protection for Personal Data is not the same in all countries. However, we will take the security measures described in this Privacy Statement in an effort to keep your data secure. By using this site, you consent to the collection, storage, and processing of your data in the United States and in any country to which we may transfer your data in the course of our business operations.

15. Privacy Statements of Third Parties

This Privacy Statement only addresses the use and disclosure of data by Allergan and Ironwood. We may provide links to outside websites or advertisements for third parties that have their own privacy statements and data collection, use and disclosure practices. Our independent dealers, suppliers and business partners have their own privacy statements too. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the privacy statements provided by all third parties prior to providing them with data or taking advantage of an offer or promotion.

16. Children’s Privacy

Allergan and Ironwood websites and applications are not intended to attract children, and we do not knowing collect any Personal Data of anyone under the age of 13. If you believe your child is using our website, please contact us at IR-PRIVACY@allergan.com so we can investigate and delete any inappropriate data.

17. Forums, Product Reviews and Other Public Areas

Our websites may contain forums and other areas where you can publicly post product reviews, communicate with others, and submit media content. Prior to posting in these areas, please read our Terms of Use carefully. You have no privacy rights in public postings. All the data you post will be accessible to anyone with Internet access, and any Personal Data you include in your posting may be read, collected, and used by others. For example, if you post your email address along with a product review, you may receive unsolicited messages. Please use caution when posting any Personal Data.

18. Changes to this Privacy Statement

We will only use Personal Data in the manner described in this Privacy Statement in effect when the data was collected from you. However, we reserve the right to change the terms of this Privacy Statement at any time by posting revisions to our site. If we make any material changes to this Privacy Statement, we will either notify you or place a prominent notice on our website. If at any point, we decided to use Personal Data in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, you will be given a choice to allow or disallow any additional uses or disclosures of your personally identifiable data, beyond that which was stated in this Privacy Statement at the time your data was collected.

Any portions of this policy are void to the extent they are prohibited by applicable law.

19. California Privacy Rights

California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits California residents who are individual customers of Allergan and Ironwood products to request certain information regarding its disclosure of Personal Data to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request please contact us using our contact information listed below in the “How to Contact Us” section.

Be sure to include your name and address. You can include your email address if you want to receive a response by email. Otherwise, we will respond by postal mail within the time required by law.

20. Social Security Number Protection Policy

Allergan and Ironwood collect Social Security numbers in the ordinary course of its business. Allergan and Ironwood have implemented reasonable technical, physical and administrative safeguards to help protect the Social Security numbers from unlawful use and unauthorized disclosure. Allergan and Ironwood have policies that provide for the proper use and protection of Social Security numbers obtained in the course of doing business by Allergan and Ironwood. Such policies protect the confidentiality of Social Security numbers, prohibit unlawful disclosure of Social Security numbers, and limit access to Social Security numbers. The policies apply to all methods of collection of Social Security numbers, including Social Security numbers obtained by oral, written and electronic means. In particular:Access to Social Security numbers is limited to those workers and service providers who have a need to access the data to perform tasks for Allergan and Ironwood. Social Security numbers are only disclosed to third parties in accordance with Allergan’s and Ironwood’s established Privacy Statement.

We will only disclose Social Security numbers: (i) with those service providers, auditors, advisors, and/or successors in interest who are legally or contractually obligated to protect them, or (ii) as required or permitted by law.

21. How to Contact Us

Please contact us if you have any questions or comments about our privacy practices, your privacy choices, or this Privacy Statement. You can always reach us online at IR-PRIVACY@allergan.com. You can reach us via mail at the address below. If you send us a letter, please provide your name, address, email address, and information about the communication that you do not want to receive.

Allergan plc
Attention: Global Privacy Office
2525 Dupont Drive
Irvine, CA 92612 USA