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Hunkar D
The Top 20 Global Pharmaceuticals by Sales
Seeking Alpha 2010 Nov 21

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The table below lists the top 20 global drug companies based on sales in 2009:

S.No. Company Ticker 2009 Revenues in US $ (Milllions)
1 Pfizer PFE $45,448
2 Sanofi-Aventis SNY $40,871
3 Novartis NVS $38,455
4 GlaxoSmithKline GSK $36,746
5 AstraZeneca AZN $31,905
6 Merck & Co. MRK $26,929
7 Johnson & Johnson JNJ $22,520
8 Eli Lilly & Co. LLY $20,629
9 Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY $18,808
10 Abbott Laboratories ABT $16,486
11 Takeda Chem Ind. TKPHY.PK $14,204
12 Boehringer-Ingelheim $14,027
13 Teva Pharma TEVA $13,814
14 Bayer Schering BAYRY.PK $13,344
15 Astellas ALPMY.PK $10,509
16 Daiichi-Sankyo DSKYY.PK $9,757
17 Eisai ESALY.PK $8,441
18 Otsuka $7,717
19 Gilead Sciences GILD $6,469
20 Mylan MYL $5,015
Source: Contract Pharma

Otsuka, Gilead and Mylan are new to this list. Half of the companies ranked 11-20 are based in Japan. Though currently ranked at number 13, Israel-based Teva (TEVA), the world’s largest generic drug maker, has revenue goals that could propel it into the top 7 ranks in the next few years. U.S.-based Gilead (GILD) primarily focuses on developing drugs for life-threatening diseases diseases such as HIV/AIDS, liver disease and serious cardiovascular/metabolic and respiratory conditions.


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