The big money

Which are the richest pharmaceuticals companies in the world? And how much do they earn?

Despite a number of mergers, sell-offs, buyouts and the emergence of some new specialist blockbuster drugs the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies have remained fairly constant, a new report reveals.

In its recently released report of the top 15 pharmaceutical companies by revenue in 2018, US industry website Fierce Pharma has shown a fairly predictable leader board, but they do predict some changes in the near future.   

The top 15 pharmaceutical companies, by 2018 revenue are:

The report predicts that Japenese pharma Takeda will force its way into the 2019 top 15 after recent acquisitions. It also predicts AbbVie will move up the list on the back of Humira sales, an d new launches.

Novartis and AstraZeneca are also singled out for growth on the back of planned blockbuster launches.

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