List of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world

The rating of the largest pharmaceutical companies that sold the largest volume of goods is published annually. Some of them have been on the list of the best for years. Below is the ranking of the 10 largest and most successful healthcare companies for 2018.

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The ranking of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world in 2018 was headed by the American Pfizer. The volume of its sales this year amounted to over 47.6 billion dollars. It is worth noting that the company secured its leadership in 2016.

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Second place among the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world is Swiss Novartis. Which sales in 2018 amounted to 42.8 billion dollars. By the way, in third place is also a company from Switzerland called Roche. Projected sales at year-end totaled $ 42.4 billion.

The fourth giant climbed the famous giant Johnson & Johnson, whose sales are at around $ 39.9 billion. By the way, the company was able to make a significant leap from 6th place to 4th.

Sanofi from France will move in 2018 from 4th place to 5th. Projected sales of $ 38.2 billion. The sixth will be Merck & Co (outside the US - MSD).

GlaxoSmithKline is in seventh position, AbbVie is in eighth line and Gilead in ninth. Bayer closes the rating with an income of $ 22 billion.

And now let's take a closer look at the first 5 companies that are included in this rating. We will especially pay attention to whether they are represented on the Russian market. Let's start from 1st place - American Pfizer.

1st place - Pfizer

For over 160 years, Pfizer has been developing for the benefit of improving the health and well-being of people at every age stage in life. According to official statements, the Pfizer product portfolio includes only drugs. These include a variety of vaccines, no less famous vitamins and other high-quality products around the world that contribute to recovery and the maintenance of human health.

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Today, over 100 products of the world's largest pharmaceutical company Pfizer are registered in our country. These include drugs for the treatment of diseases of the cardiovascular system, urological preparations, antibiotics, a wide range of oncological and hematological preparations, vaccines and much more.

2nd place - Novartis

The Novartis group of companies appeared at the very end of the 20th century as a result of the merger of Siba-Geigi and Sandoz. The main focus of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world is the production of generics, as well as ophthalmic and pharmaceutical production.

At the end of 2010, Novartis announced a strategic investment program in Russia, which totals an infusion of more than $ 500 million. This program includes multifaceted cooperation, which should help solve the following problems: organization of local production, cooperation in research and development and improvement and modernization of the entire healthcare system in Russia.

Today, almost all Novartis units are represented on the territory of the Russian Federation; more than 2 thousand Novartis employees work for the benefit of patients in Russian regions.

3rd place - Roche

It was founded in 1896. Throughout its existence, it focuses on the production of modern diagnostic tools. Interestingly, 29 drugs of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, Roche, are included in the WHO list of essential medicines.

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Based in the Swiss city of Basel, the company has representative offices in more than 100 countries of the world. Investments in research and development exceed 10.4 billion Swiss francs.

4th place - Johnson & Johnson

The company was founded in 1886. It is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world that produces devices for the diagnosis of health, products for hygiene and human health, and much more. It produces a large number of child care products. For example, body care oils, powders, body milk, atopic skin care products, etc. The main goal of the company is to be useful to society.

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5th place - Sanofi

Today, Sanofi has 46 innovative projects in development. More than 100 factories employ over 110 thousand employees worldwide. Sanofi has operations in more than 170 countries and has a diversified portfolio of medicines and therapeutic solutions. Sanofi focuses on the development of new vaccines to protect life, the development and implementation of innovative treatments for rare diseases and multiple sclerosis.

It is worth noting that all 10 of these pharmaceutical companies produce world famous medicines, which are included in the list of mandatory for public procurement in many countries of the world. All these companies are also present on the Russian market. Moreover, they occupy a fairly significant market share on it. Of course, other companies operate on the market, however, their annual sales volume does not allow them to be included in this rating.


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