Top ten largest pharmaceutical companies
We take a look at the top ten largest pharmaceutical companies based on market cap and revenue.
10 | Pfizer
Pfizer is an American global pharmaceutical corporation headquartered in New York City, and its research headquarters are in Groton, Connecticut. It is among the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Pfizer develops and produces medicines and vaccines for a wide range of medical disciplines, including immunology, oncology, cardiology, diabetology/endocrinology, and neurology. Its products include Lipitor, Lyrica and Diflucan.
9 | Novartis
Novartis is a Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company based in Basel, Switzerland. It is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies by both market cap and sales. Novartis manufactures the drugs clozapine, diclofenac, carbamazepine, valsartan and imatinib mesylate. It is a full member of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA), and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).
8 | Hoffmann-La Roche
Hoffman La Roche is a Swiss multinational health-care company that operates worldwide under two divisions: Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostics. The company controls the American biotechnology company Genentech and the Japanese biotechnology company Chugai Pharmaceuticals. It was founded in 1896, and in 1934 it became the first company to mass-produce synthetic vitamin C. Its headquarters are located in Basel, Switzerland.
7 | Sanofi
Sanofi is a French multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Gentilly, France. The company was formed in 2004 as Sanofi-Aventis, and changed its name to Sanofi in May 2011. Sanofi engages in the research and development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceutical drugs, mainly in the prescription market, and also develops over-the-counter medication. The company covers the areas of cardiovascular, central nervous system, diabetes, internal medicine, oncology, thrombosis and vaccines.
6 | Merck and Co.
Merck and Co. is an American pharmaceutical company and one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. It was established in 1891 as the United States subsidiary of the German company Merck, which was founded in 1668 by the Merck family. Merck and Co. was nationalised by the US government during World War 1 and was established as an independent American company in 1917. Its headquarters are located in Kenliworth, New Jersey. It also publishes The Merck Manuals, a series of medical reference books for physicians, nurses and technicians.
5 | AbbVie Inc.
AbbVie is a pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and markets biopharmaceuticals and small molecule drugs. It originated in 2013 as a spin-off of Abbott Laboratories. In 2011, it was announced that Abbott Laboratories would specialise in medical devices, diagnostic equipment and nutrition products, while AbbVie would act as a research-based pharmaceutical manufacturer.
4 | Allergan
Allergan is a multinational pharmaceutical company that produces branded and generic drugs, and performs pharmaceutical research and development. It was formerly known as Actavis, Plc until June 2015.
3 | AstraZeneca
AstraZeneca is an Anglo-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company. In 2013, it moved its headquarters to Cambridge, England. It did work on biopharmaceuticals in Cambridge, Gaithersburg and Maryland and did research on traditional chemical drugs in Sweden. AstraZeneca has a range of products for major disease areas, including cancer, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, infection, neuroscience, respiratory and inflammation.
2 | McKesson
Mckesson Corporation is an American company that distributes pharmaceuticals at a retail sale level and provides health information technology, medical supplies and care management tools. Mckesson also provides extensive network infrastructure for the health care industry, and was an early adopter of technologies like bar-code scanning for distribution, pharmacy robotics and RFID tags.
1 | GlaxoSmithKline
GlaxoSmithKline is a British pharmaceutical company headquartered in Brentford, London. It was established in 2000 by a merger of Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham. Emma Walmsley became CEO on 31st March 2017 and is the first female CEO of the company. GSK’s products include Advair, Avodart, Flovent, Augmentin, Lovaza and Lamictal.