Top global pharmaceutical corporations

The research-based pharmaceutical industry is one of the most technically complex of all, and naturally places itself in a small group of industries referred to as high technology, or 'high-tech', industries.

Figure 1 – Top global pharmaceutical corporations, 2012

The table below shows the top 15 pharmaceutical corporations operating on the global market. 'Nationality' of a corporation indicates the country where it is headquartered, 'growth' indicates the annual average growth from the previous year (ie from 2011), and 'market share' is given as percentage of the global market.

Corporation​

Nationality​
2012
Growth (%)
2012
Mkt Share (%)
1​ ​Novartis​ CH -3 5.97
2​ Pfizer USA -18 5.51
3​ Merck & Co​ USA -1 4.72
4​ Sanofi F -5 4.44
5​ ​Roche CH 0 4.08
6​ GlaxoSmithKline GB -4 3.84
7​ ​Astrazeneca​ GB -15 3.76
8​ Johnson & Johnson​ USA 1 3.27
9​ Abbott​ USA 2 3.15
10​ Teva​ ​ ISR ​0 2.91
11​ Lilly USA -9 2.58
12​ Amgen USA 2 2.02
13​ Boeringer Ingel D ​5 ​2.01
14​ Bayer D -1 1.90
15​ ​Takeda J -13 1.89


Source: IMS Health World Review Analyst 2013

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