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The Top 20 Pharmaceutical Companies



Our annual look at the biggest companies in the pharma industry



By Gil Y. Roth



Published July 14, 2011
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There are no new names in our Top 20 Pharma ranks, but mega-mergers and patent expirations have re-shaped the upper end the list this year. Pfizer stayed on top for another year (although it may choose to abdicate), but Novartis creeped up from #3 to #2, boosted by its Alcon revenues, and Merck jumped from #6 to #3 after integrating Schering-Plough’s sales. Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline, meanwhile, both fell behind as their annual sales dropped from 2009. (Good thing Sanofi will be able to add in some Genzyme revenues next year!)
 

Pharma is in the midst of some tumultuous times. I foresee a lot more jockeying for position in the next several years.
 

—Gil Y. Roth

Editor


Contributors

Editor: Gil Y. Roth

Associate Editor: Kristin Brooks

Contributing Editor: Derek B. Lowe

 

All profiles written by Gil Roth, except Astellas and Daiichi-Sankyo, by Kristin Brooks

The Lowe Down capsules written by Derek Lowe (http://pipeline.corante.com)

Pipeline information compiled by Kristin Brooks

Revenue information compiled by Gil Roth



Top 20 Pharmas
based on 2010 revenues, in millions

1 Pfizer

$58,523

2

Novartis

$44,420

3

Merck & Co.

$39,811

4

Sanofi

$37,403

5

GlaxoSmithKline

$36,156

6

AstraZeneca

$32,515

7

Johnson & Johnson

$22,396

8

Eli Lilly & Co.

$21,685

9

Abbott Laboratories

$19,894

10

Bristol-Myers Squibb

$19,484

11

Teva

$16,121

12

Takeda Pharma

$14,829

13

Bayer Schering

$14,485

14

Boehringer-Ingelheim

$12,883

15

Astellas

$11,161

16

Daiichi-Sankyo

$10,794

17

EISAI

$8,542

18

Otsuka Pharmaceutical

$8,440

19

Gilead Sciences

$7,390

20

Mylan

$5,404



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