10 Best Big Pharma Companies

Big Pharma Companies – Overview

Big Pharma refers to the world’s largest pharmaceutical corporations collectively. Big pharma companies contribute to the growth of the healthcare industry. They 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 in their Cominarty and Paxlovid treatment. Together, they were nearly half of the operating revenue of Pfizer. 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

The headquarters of Roche is in Basel, Switzerland. It was founded in the year 1896. Dr. Severin Schwan is the CEO of Roche. During the pandemic, this company made a considerable contribution, mainly in the diagnostic area. It has helped in the growth of the company.

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

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

Here is a list of brands and pharmaceutical companies of Abbvie.

  • 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

Their headquarters are in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in the United States. The CEO of Johnson & Johnson is Joaquin Duato. It is one of only two companies that are US-based and have an AAA credit rating.

In 2021, Johnson & Johnson ended with an announcement of splitting into two companies. First, they wanted to separate 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

The headquarters of Bayer is in Leverkusen, Germany. The CEO of this company is Werner Baumann. In 2020, this company was in the fourth position on BizVibe’s list of the biggest pharmaceutical corporations in the world. This German company is a manufacturer and developer of 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)

The headquarters of Merch (Merch Sharp & Dohme) is in Kenilworth, New Jersey. Robert M. Davis is the CEO of this company. It is a leading multinational company in the pharmaceutical world. This company is 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 Vioxx Fosamax Keytruda Januvia Primaxin

8. BMS and Bristol Myers Squibb

The headquarters of Bristol Myers Squibb is in New York. the CEO of the BMS is Dr. Giovanni Caforio. Their blood thinner medication increased by at least 17 percent in their sales.

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 the pandemic. The pandemic treatments developed by GSK with Vir Biotechnology are among the most popular treatments 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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