10 Best Big Pharma Companies

Big Pharma Companies – Overview

Big Pharma refers to the world’s largest pharmaceutical corporations collectively. These companies contribute to the growth of the healthcare industry and play a significant part in critical innovation and new research in the healthcare sector.

Top 10 Big Pharma Companies

Here, we will discuss the top 10 big pharma companies in detail.

1. Pfizer

The headquarters of Pfizer is in New York. Albert Bourla is the CEO of this company. They were very successful with their Comirnaty and Paxlovid treatments. Together, they comprised nearly half of Pfizer’s operating revenue. They announced that in 2021, they had initiated thirteen ‘pivotal’ clinical studies.

Here is a list of their brands and pharmaceutical products.

  • Zoloft (sertraline)
  • Flagyl (metronidazole)
  • Zithromax (azithromycin)
  • Diflucan (fluconazole)
  • Atorvastatin (trade name Lipitor)
  • Norvasc (amlodipine)

2. Roche

Roche’s headquarters are in Basel, Switzerland. It was founded in 1896. Dr. Severin Schwan is the CEO of Roche. During the pandemic, this company made a considerable contribution, mainly in the diagnostic area, which helped the company grow.

Here is a list of Roche’s brands and pharmaceutical products

  • Neupogen (filgrastim): for neutropenia
  • Avastin (bevacizumab): for some malignant tumors
  • Gazyva (obinutuzumab): for chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • Xeloda (capecitabine): for colorectal cancer and breast cancer
  • Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole/ trimethoprim): a sulphonamide antibacterial
  • Fuzeon (enfuvirtide): for salvage therapy of HIV-1 infection
  • Hemlibra (emicizumab): for hemophilia A
  • Zenapax (daclizumab): for the prevention of acute transplant rejection
  • Xolair (omalizumab): for asthma
  • Viracept (nelfinavir): for HIV-1 infection, licensed by Pfizer and ViiV Healthcare
  • Xenical (orlistat): for obesity
  • Xeloda (capecitabine): for breast and colorectal cancer
  • Nutropin (somatropin): for growth hormone deficiency

3. Abbvie

Abbvie’s headquarters are in Lake Bluff, Illinois. Richard A. Gonzalez is the CEO and chairman of Abbvie, a US-based publicly traded pharmaceutical company founded in 2013. Their portfolio in immunology led the way with an increase of 14 percent globally.

Here is a list of Abbvie brands and pharmaceutical companies.

  • AndroGel: (testosterone gel)
  • GENGRAF: Oral Solution (cyclosporine oral solution, USP)
  • CREON: (pancrelipase) Delayed-Release Capsules
  • NIMBEX: (cisatracurium besylate)
  • MAVYRET: (glecaprevir/ pibrentasvir)
  • NIASPAN: (niacin extended-release tablets) [film-coated]
  • GENGRAF Capsules: (cyclosporine capsules, USP)

4. Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson’s headquarters are in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in the United States. Joaquin Duato is the CEO.

In 2021, Johnson & Johnson announced plans to split into two companies, separating their pharmaceutical and consumer products businesses.

Here is a list of pharmaceutical products and brands from Johnson & Johnson.

  • Band-Aid
  • Immunology products
  • Sinutab
  • Ibuprofen
  • Abciximab
  • Galantamine
  • Dapoxetine
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Cardiovascular & metabolic disease products

5. Novartis

The headquarters of Novartis is in Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Vasant Narasimhan is the CEO of this company. It is the second biggest Swiss company in the pharmaceutical world. In 2021, the other Basel giant received around 21 approvals in the EU, the US, China, Japan, and two new molecular entities.

  • Clozapine: (Clozaril)
  • Deferasirox: (Exjade)
  • Diclofenac: (Voltaren)
  • Letrozole: (Femara)
  • Carbamazepine: (Tegretol)
  • Valsartan: (Diovan)
  • Cyclosporine: (Neoral/ Sandimmune)
  • Imatinib mesylate: (Gleevec/ Glivec)
  • Methylphenidate: (Ritalin)
  • Terbinafine: (Lamisil)

6. Bayer

Bayer’s headquarters are in Leverkusen, Germany, and its CEO is Werner Baumann. In 2020, it was fourth on BizVibe’s list of the biggest pharmaceutical corporations in the world. This German company manufactures and develops veterinary and human pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals, biotechnology products, seeds, and consumer healthcare products.

  • Diabetes care
  • Veterinary drugs
  • Diagnostic drugs
  • Seeds
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • General and specialty medicines
  • Pesticides
  • Women’s health products
  • Over-the-counter drugs

7. Merck (Merck Sharp & Dohme)

Merck’s headquarters (Merck Sharp & Dohme outside the United States and Canada) is in Kenilworth, New Jersey. Robert M. Davis is the CEO of this company. It is a leading multinational company in the pharmaceutical world, mostly known for its biologics, vaccines, prescription medicines, and other animal health products.

Here is a list of different brands and pharmaceutical products:

  • Gardasil
  • Singulair
  • Propecia/Proscar
  • Zocor
  • Fosamax
  • Keytruda
  • Januvia
  • Primaxin.

8. Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS)

Bristol Myers Squibb’s headquarters are in New York. the CEO of the BMS is Dr. Giovanni Caforio. Sales of its blood thinner medication increased by at least 17 percent.

Here is a list of their medicines.

  • Abecma
  • Abraxane
  • Azactam
  • Breyanzi
  • Baraclude
  • Camzyos
  • Droxia
  • Eliquis
  • Empliciti
  • Evotaz
  • Hydrea
  • Idhifa
  • Inrebic
  • Istodax
  • Nulojix
  • Onureg
  • Opdivo
  • Opdualag
  • Orencia
  • Pomalyst
  • Reblozyl
  • Revlimid
  • Reyataz
  • Sotyktu
  • Sprycel
  • Sustiva
  • Thalomid
  • Vidza
  • Yervoy
  • Zeposia

9. GlaxoSmithKline or GSK

Their headquarters are in London. Emma Walmsley is their CEO. They sold products worth USD 1.9 billion during the pandemic. The treatments developed by GSK with Vir Biotechnology were aimed at addressing COVID-19, including potential effectiveness against the Omicron variant.

Here is a list of pharmaceutical products and brands by GSK

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Vaccines
  • Oral healthcare
  • Nutritional products
  • Over-the-counter medicines

10. Sanofi

The headquarters of Sanofi is in Paris, France. Their CEO is Paul Hudson. Their specialty care unit became the most prominent business area for the first time. This company is most famous for developing over-the-counter medicines and manufacturing pharmaceutical medicines.

Here is a list of their brands and pharmaceutical products.

  • Prescription and over-the-counter drugs for thrombosis
  • Cardiovascular disease drugs
  • Diabetes drugs
  • Central nervous system disorder drugs
  • Oncology drugs
  • Internal medicine
  • Vaccines


All the Big Pharma companies have a great role in developing the healthcare sector. With advanced research, they can develop new medicines and treatment processes. I hope you might get a better understanding of the above-mentioned top big pharma companies.

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Current Version
November 13, 2022
Written By
Shubham Grover
March 17, 2024
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