Companies in Pharmaceuticals
Companies in Pharmaceuticals
CVS Corp. (Woonsocket, R.I.) — 18,631 locations
2. Walgreens (Deerfield, Ill.) — 17,437 locations
3. Walmart (Bentonville, Ark.) — 10,458 locations
4. Rite Aid Corp. (Camp Hill, Pa.) — 9,194 locations
5. Kroger (Cincinnati) — 4,868 locations
6. Safeway (Pleasanton, Calif.) — 1,722 locations
7. Publix Pharmacies (Lakeland, Fla.) — 1,515 locations
8. Sears Holdings Corp. (Hoffman Estate, Ill.) — 1,200 locations
9. Cerberus Capital Management (New York) — 1,177 locations
10. Costco Pharmacies (Issaquah, Wash.) — 1,007 locations
1. Pfizer Inc (U.S.)
Total Revenue: $51.75 billion
Number of Employees: 96,500
Revenue Per Employee: $536,000
Pfizer is the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company. Its research headquarters are located in Groton, Connecticut, America. Pfizer has developed many medicines and vaccines like Sutent, Zithromax, apixaban, Macugen, Lyrica, latreperdine, etc., in the areas of oncology, infections, and infestations, cardiology, ophthalmology, neurology, and psychiatry. Its top-selling drug is Lipitor. The company was founded in 1849 in New York City by cousins Charles Pfizer and Charles Erhart.
2. Hoffmann-La Roche AG (Switzerland)
Total Revenue: $63.35 billion
Number of Employees: 94,500
Revenue Per Employee: $670,000
Hoffmann-La Roche is a Swiss global healthcare company founded by Fritz Hoffmann-La Roche after whom the company is named, in 1896. Its headquarters is located in Basel, Switzerland. Other companies owned by Roche are Genentech, Chugai pharmaceuticals, and Ventana. It was the first company to produce synthetic vitamin C on a large scale under the brand name of Redoxon. Its leading drug is Herceptin a medication for breast cancer. The various drugs produced by Roche include Accutane, Bactrium, Cellcept, Herceptin, Invirase, Tamiflu, Rohypnol, etc. It also manufactures a range of Diabetes management products under the brand name Accu-check.
3. Novartis International AG (Switzerland)
Total Revenue: $48.67 billion
Number of Employees: 108,700
Revenue Per Employee: $472,000
Novartis International AG, a multinational pharmaceutical company is based in Basel, Switzerland. Novartis has been on the face of the pharmaceutical industry for about 250 years owing to its formation by the merger of Swiss companies Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz Laboratories in 1996. Novartis produces a range of products including vaccines, contact lenses, over-the-counter drugs, veterinary medicines, etc. Novartis is a manufacturer of drugs including Clozapine, Diclofenac, Carbamazepine, Valsartan (Diovan), and Glivec.
4. Johnson & Johnson (U.S.)
Total Revenue: $82.06 billion
Number of Employees: 132,200
Revenue Per Employee: $620,000
Johnson & Johnson is a US-based multinational company that manufactures medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and consumer packaged goods. It was founded in 1886 by Robert wood Johnson I, James Wood Johnson, and Edward Mead Johnson. The Company’s headquarters is located in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Johnson & Johnson is a leading name in many household items like Johnson & Johnson baby products, Neutrogena skin and beauty products, Band-Aid, Clean and clear facewashes, etc. The other drugs manufactured by it are Bapineuzumab, Ceftobiprole, Dacogen, Procrit, Rivaroxaban, Topamax, etc.
5. Merck & Co., Inc (U.S.)
Total Revenue: $46.84 billion
Number of Employees: 56,000
Revenue Per Employee: $836,000
Merck & Co., Inc is an American pharmaceutical company with its headquarters located in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. Kenneth Frazier is the chairman, president, and CEO of the company and it was founded in 1891 as a subsidiary of Merck KGaA. It came out as an independent company in 1917 after being taken over by U.S. Government during World War I.
6. AbbVie Inc (U.S.)
Total Revenue: $33.27 billion
Number of Employees: 30,000
Revenue Per Employee: $1,100,000
AbbVie is an American biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 and was formed when Abbott Laboratories announced its plan to separate into two publicly traded companies. It was decided that the “new” Abbott Laboratories would specialize in diversified products including medical devices, diagnostic equipment, and nutrition products, while AbbVie would operate as a research-based pharmaceutical manufacturer that specializes in making small molecule drugs for patients worldwide. The company focuses on therapy areas such as dermatology, oncology, neurological disorders, and metabolic diseases. AbbVie’s most well-known for its rheumatoid arthritis med Humira (Humira makes up more than 60% of AbbVie’s total sales) along with Imbruvica, Lupron, Veikira, and Synthroid.
7. Sanofi S.A. (France)
Total Revenue: $39.19 billion
Number of Employees: 105,000
Revenue Per Employee: $373,000
Sanofi-Aventis is a French multinational pharmaceutical company with its headquarters located in Paris, France. It conducts research and development and manufactures pharmaceutical products sold primarily in the prescription market. Over-the-counter medicines are also developed by the company. Various drugs manufactured by the company include Aflibercept, Jevtana, Humenza vaccine, Iniparib, and Otamixaban. Sanofi-Aventis was formed in 2004 by the merger of Aventis and Sanofi-Synthélabo and later in 2011 changed the name to Sanofi.
8. Bristol-Myers Squibb (U.S.)
Total Revenue: $26.15 billion
Number of Employees: 30,000
Revenue Per Employee: $871,000
Bristol-Myers Squibb was formed in 1989 through the merger of the Squibb Corporation and Bristol Myers and Company. Today, it has its headquarters in New York City, U.S., and produces pharmaceuticals and biologics to treat several conditions, including HIV and hepatitis. They were also one of the first companies to begin research and development into anti-cancer drugs in the 1970s.
9. GlaxoSmithKline plc (UK)
Total Revenue: $33.75 billion
Number of Employees: 99,400
Revenue Per Employee: $339,000
GlaxoSmithKline plc is a multinational company based in the United Kingdom dealing in pharmaceutical, biologics, vaccines, and consumer healthcare. GSK was formed by the merger of Glaxo Wellcome plc and SmithKline Beecham plc in 2000. It manufactures products for various diseases, including mental health, diabetes, asthma, cancer, virus control, etc. GSK also manufactures nutritional products, drinks, and other healthcare goods like Horlicks, Sensodyne, Boost, etc. Its top-selling drug is Advair and is used to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder treatment.
10. AstraZeneca plc (U.K.)
Total Revenue: $24.38 billion
Number of Employees: 61,100
Revenue Per Employee: $405,000
AstraZeneca plc was founded in 1999 through the merger of the Sweden-based Astra AB and the UK-based Zeneca Group, which is a Swedish-British multinational pharmaceutical and biologics company. It specializes in prescriptive medicines including Carbocaine, Naropin, Betaloc, Zestril, Lexinor, Cubicin, Zomig, Tomudex, and a variety of other medications in the areas of oncology, neuroscience, gastrointestinal, etc. The acid reflux medication called Nexium is its leading product at $5.2 billion. It is also the manufacturer of drugs for cholesterol treatment called Crestor and an antipsychotic drug called Seroquel.
Careers in Pharmacy
Careers in Pharmacy
National average salary: $12.39 per hour
Primary duties: A pharmacy clerk has a variety of responsibilities, including filling prescriptions for customers, completing cash register transactions, and updating patient information records. Furthermore, they make sure that the pharmacy area is clean and well-arranged. They also assist the pharmacist in ordering stock and entering it into inventory.
National average salary: $13.04 per hour
Primary duties: A pharmacy dispenser selects medical drugs or devices according to a patient’s prescription order and puts them in a suitably labeled container. They also update the patient’s personal and insurance information on the computer. They assist the pharmacist in managing the inventory, placing wholesale orders, arranging the merchandise neatly on shelves, processing paperwork, screening telephone calls, and communicating with insurance carriers.
National average salary: $14.31 per hour
Primary duties: A pharmacy assistant helps the pharmacy management with regular administrative tasks like storing prescription records, maintaining inventories, preparing invoices, preparing audits, and ordering office supplies. They keep personnel files and carry out background checks on new employees. They also conduct training for safety and compliance requirements and ensure that all the pharmacy areas and equipment are kept clean.
National average salary: $16.27 per hour
Primary duties: A pharmacy technician works in a hospital or clinic pharmacy under a licensed pharmacist. They help manage the pharmacy workstation, which involves ordering medications for the inventory and keeping the shelves clean, well-stocked, and in neat order. Additionally, they fill patient prescriptions, dispense the correct medications at the proper dosages and check for any allergies and food and drug interactions. They listen to the patients’ health reports and may suggest over-the-counter medications for some of their ailments.
National average salary: $52.47 per hour
Primary duties: A pharmacist has in-depth knowledge of pharmaceutical products and their appropriate use. They assess and fill medication prescriptions for patients and if necessary may discuss medicinal alternatives with doctors and other medical professionals. They order and stock medications and arrange them neatly on the pharmacy shelves. They also maintain medication and patient records.
National average salary: $52.55 per hour
Primary duties: A chemotherapy pharmacist prepares and dispenses chemotherapy drugs used in cancer treatments. They assess the quality of these drugs and make their review available to cancer hospitals and cancer treatment centers. The health providers can then know how effective the drugs will be in treating cancer patients.
National average salary: $52.55 per hour
Primary duties: A nuclear pharmacist is responsible for preparing, testing, and dispensing radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosing and treating different types of cancers and many other diseases. Aside from managing laboratory procedures and testing equipment during drug production, they supervise the handling, packaging, and delivery of the radiopharmaceuticals. They are actively involved in maintaining the work environment's safety and in the disposal of hazardous bio-waste products. Additionally, they keep production and sales records and comply with company policies and legal regulations.
National average salary: $54.63 per hour
Primary duties: A long-term care pharmacist oversees pharmaceutical services for patients in a long-term care facility. They work in collaboration with the physicians, nurses, and medical staff at the facility to evaluate patient health, dispense necessary medications and resolve any pharmacy-related concerns. They update patient medication information in a medical database and monitor and record the results of the patient medication regimen. Also, they prepare reports of drug utilization and make recommendations to improve patient clinical care.
National average salary: $55.16 per hour
Primary duties: A staff pharmacist dispenses accurate prescription orders, administers immunizations, and counsels patients about how to take their medications. They analyze and interpret reports, implement and monitor safety controls and conduct operational and quality assurance reviews. Additionally, they ensure compliance with legal policies and regulations.
National average salary: $108,574.00 per year
Primary duties: A director of a pharmacy is responsible for overseeing a pharmacy’s operations and management. They procure and store medications and work in coordination with medical staff to dispense them safely to patients. Along with maintaining accurate records of accounting transactions, they respond to pharmacy claims adjudication. They make the decisions to introduce improved operational programs and safety policies or update existing ones. They implement strategic plans, evaluate service standards, and boost performance for optimum efficiency.
National average salary: $111,019.00 per year
Primary duties: A pharmacist in charge implements daily operations in coordination with the pharmacy management, and recruits the pharmacy staff, and oversees their work. They maintain a database of patient medical history, respond to patients about their pharmaceutical requirements, and discuss prescriptions with doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals.
They order, stock, and store pharmaceutical drugs and are responsible for the disposal of outdated or contaminated drugs. They also make sure that the pharmacy complies with legal requirements and regulations.
12. Pharmacy Manager
National average salary: $112,139.00 per year
Primary duties: A pharmacy manager is in charge of a pharmacy’s daily operations. They provide efficient customer services, handle medications and other products, and maintain a patient medication database. They consult with medical professionals about filling prescriptions and counsel patients about the medication intake and its possible side effects. They prescribe over-the-counter medications for minor ailments and follow departmental and legal policies and procedures.
National average salary: $112,282.00 per year
Primary duties: A pharmacy specialist assembles and maintains patient medical histories and reviews them to evaluate a patient’s self-care needs. While monitoring patients using electronic health records and other digital systems, they inform them about self-care medication, products, and services. Additionally, they let them know about available medication assistance programs and the enrollment requirements, and schedule meetings with the appropriate medical staff and financial counselors. They work in sync with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in managing the patient’s health condition and requirements.
National average salary: $117,977.00 per year
Primary duties: A clinical pharmacist works in cooperation with physicians and other clinical health providers to review and dispense medications to patients. They evaluate a patient’s drug regimen and may recommend an alternative pharmacotherapeutic plan if the prescribed medications produce allergic reactions. They educate patients on proper medication usage and monitor them for health problems.
National average salary: $115,375.00 per year
Primary duties: A health outcomes pharmacist will plan and implement various clinical pharmacy patient care programs. These might include immunization services, medication therapy management programs, and disease state management. They ensure that the pharmacy adheres to FDA regulations and follows standard operating procedures. Using pharmacy system information technology, they support and connect with patients and pharmacy staff. Also, they stay updated on developments in the pharmaceutical field by reading pharmacy-related content and publications and attending training.
National average salary: $140,020 per year
Primary duties: A pharmacologist works with hospitals, biopharmaceutical companies, and other organizations to discover and develop therapies to treat cancer and various other diseases. They often collaborate with research scientists in various clinical development programs to conduct quantitative modeling, clinical trial simulations, and safety tests. The pharmacologist studies test, and analyzes pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics data about patients.
Facts and figures courtesy of Indeed.com