TOP 10 companies in the field of pharmaceuticals – 2017 world ranking!

The global pharmaceutical market was estimated at 1.1 trillion dollars in 2016. The global market is highly mature & consolidated. In this article, we’ll tell you about TOP 10 pharmaceutical companies in the world.

Number 1 (Pfizer) and Number 2 (Merck & Co.)


Pfizer was founded in 1849 by two cousins (emigrants from Germany). The company’s turnover today exceeds $51 billion. Pfizer employs around 80 thousand people.

Pfizer’s products include such well-known drugs as Lipitor (atorvastatin), Lyrica (pregabalin), Diflucan (fluconazole), Zithromax (azithromycin), Viagra (sildenafil citrate 100mg, 50mg and 25mg), and Celebrex (celecoxib). The company also offers Pfizer Viagra coupon and other discounts for new consumers.

Merck & Co. headquarters is located in New Jersey, USA. Merck & Co. was founded in 1891 as a subsidiary of the German firm Merck KGaA. During the war, the department was confiscated by the US government and turned into an independent company.

Number 3 (Johnson & Johnson) and Number 4 (Roche)

One of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies produces household chemicals, medicine, contact lenses, cosmetics and medical equipment in addition to medicines and medical products. Its turnover is about 500 billion a year. The company consists of three main production complexes for manufacturing pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and diagnostic equipment.

Roche, the Swiss holding company, actively operates in the market of innovative medications. The corporation owns three subsidiary companies operating in the field of biotechnology. The holding is an employer for 85 thousand people.

Number 5 (Sanofi) and Number 6 (Novartis)

The French pharmaceutical company produces medicines for various diseases, vaccines, oncological agents, etc. At the same time, Sanofi is an employer for 112 thousand people. Sanofi Pasteur, a subsidiary of Sanofi, is the world’s largest vaccine producer.

Novartis, the Swiss company, was founded in 1996. Novartis subsidiary brands are manufacturers of contact lenses Alcon and Ciba Vision, as well as the pharmaceutical company Sandoz.

Number 7 (AbbVie) and Number 8 (AstraZeneca)

AbbVie is a global research biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 by separation from Abbott. AbbVie combines focus on advanced biotechnology, expertise, structure and rich experience of the leading pharmaceutical company with a long history.

The Swedish-British company was founded in 1999 by merging Swedish Astra AB with British Zeneca. The turnover of AstraZeneca is about $25 billion. Today, the pharmaceutical company employs more than 50 thousand people.

Number 9 (Gilead Sciences) and Number 10 (AMGen)

Gilead Sciences is an American company operating in the field of biopharmaceuticals. It is a well-known developer and researcher of medicines. The headquarters of Gilead Sciences, Inc. is located in Foster City, California. Among the most famous products of Gilead Sciences, Inc. the following ones should be noted: Emtriva, Vistide, Tamiflu, and others. There are no Viagra alternatives offered by this manufacturer.

AMGen is an American transnational biopharmaceutical firm headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California. It is the world’s biggest independent biotechnology firm. In 2013, the company became the leader in sales of Neulasta / Neupogen (two closely related meds used to prevent infections in patients who have undergone cancer chemotherapy).