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FiercePharma's Annual Top 15 Pharma Companies by 2018 Revenue

Posted on April 09, 2019 by Medtech[y] Staff

For the past three years, FiercePharma has compiled the rankings and company profiles for their Top 15 Pharma companies in the world based on revenue. You can find their previous rankings for 2017 here, and their 2016 edition here.

For 2018, the rankings look very similar to other years with the big names in the business continuing to rank near the top of the list as Johnson & Johnson, Roche, Pfizer, Novartis and Merck & Co. are still at the top of the list based on their 2018 sales.

FiercePharma notes that the top 15 names are actually the same as 2017 except the order of rankings have shifted.

The method FiercePharma took to compile the rankings was to pull company earnings reports, earnings transcripts, their own archives, and analyst reports. The results were compiled and then displayed in a great graph that highlights the comparison between 2017 and 2018 revenue as well as the overall rankings of their top 15 pharma companies.

It's important to note that FiercePharma had to make certain judgement calls in how they compiled the overall rankings as companies like Bayer had their crop sciences unit pulled from Bayer's numbers while they left Johnson & Johnson's medical device unit and Roche's diagnostic division in the report. They also converted the 2018 results to U.S. dollars using the average exchange rate for the year.

You can read their report in its entirety here.

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