Since this is a relatively new board and also doesn't have much traffic, I thought I would post two links to messages that I had posted in other boards before this one existed.The first is "Global Competitiveness ranking of pharma/health" and is from the Biotechnology board last September.http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13305422The second was on a Fool Seminar board which is destined to go away so I've cut and pasted it below.Hope some of you here find these useful or interesting.Digger65----------- Excerpted Message -----------Subject: Re: *** Alliances - who matters? *** From "Top 50 Pharmaceutical Companies of 1999," L.J. Sellers, Associate EditorPharmaceutical Executive, Volume 20, Number 4, April 2000, 62.1. Merck2. Pfizer3. AstraZeneca4. Bristol-Myers Squibb5. Glaxo Wellcome6. Aventis7. SmithKline Beecham8. Novartis9. Johnson & Johnson10. Eli Lilly11. Roche12. American Home Products13. Warner-Lambert14. Schering-plough15. Pharmacia & Upjohn16. Takeda17. Bayer18. BASF19. Sanofi-Synthelabo20. Sankyo21. Boehringer Ingelheim22. Monsanto (Searle)23. Shionogi24. Schering AG25. Amgen26. Yamanouchi27. Eisai28. Akzo Nobel29. Merch KGaA30. Novo Nordisk31. Abott Laboratories32. Daiichi33. Fujisawa34. Kyowa35. DuPont36. Banyu37. Tanabe Seiyaki38. Chugai39. Solvay40. Purdue41. Ares-Serono42. Genentech43. Teva44. Alza45. Genzyme46. 3M47. Schwarz Pharma48. ICN49. Biogen50. ElanDon't forget that since this article came out,Pfizer (2) bought Warner-Lambert (13), Pharmacia and Upjohn (15)merged with Monsanto (22) to form Pharmacia, and GlaxoWellcome (5)combined with SmithKline Beecham (7).Note that biotechs Amgen, Ares-Serono, Genetech, Genzyme and Biogen all made it. (I'm still not surewhether to consider Elan a biotech.)However, the intro to the article talks about how difficult it is to measure. They tried to rand based on global pharmaceutical sales. Sellers writes:No revenues from chemicals, diagnostics, nutritional products, or medical devices were included. We excluded royalties and milestone paymentsas well. Even narrowing the criteria to pharmaceuticals wasdifficult. Some companies include OTC products, vaccines, and therapeutic proteins in their pharma sales. Others do not.Did we mention foreign currency exchange rates that change from day to day? Or that some privately held companies are happy to report their earnings while others are not? Some judgment calls were necessary. FYI, according to the article Merck was #1 with $17.4 billion in sales, while Elanwas #50 with $552 million in sales. However, Elan was the fastest growing of the 50, with a 61% increase in slaws from 1998 to 1999. AstraZeneca's Prilosec (omeprazole) was the largest selling product at $5.9 billion.Digger65 (Raun)Magic Bullet co-Leader with Maxoide and Spidey98The views and opinions contained in this message are those of the author and do not represent the views and opinions of the Genzyme Corporation, its subsidiaries, customers, or partners. This bulletin board posting has not been made on behalf of the Genzyme Corporation, nor its subsidiaries, customers, or partners.
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