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Subject: Generic drug manufacturers
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: answersdiva-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 09 Aug 2005 12:36 PDT
Expires: 08 Sep 2005 12:36 PDT
Question ID: 553667
I need a current list of the top 10 generic drug manufacturers. I can
provide a list that was accurate as of June, 2002 to get you started.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 09 Aug 2005 12:45 PDT
Yes...please do provide the 2002 list (along with the source that it
came from, if known).

Having the list is the best way to insure that any update I can find
would be the right sort of list for what you need.



Clarification of Question by answersdiva-ga on 09 Aug 2005 13:33 PDT
Here's the list--I found it on I think that it does
not include "branded" companies that produce generics--I want to
include them. I can tell you that to the best of my knowledge, Teva is
still #1, followed by Novartis (Sandoz) and then Merck (both "branded"
manufacturers). After that I really don't know. A privately held
German company named ratiopharm should also be very high on the list.
From the list below, Ivax has been purchased, as has Sicor.

1	Teva Pharmaceutical Industries	2,500
2	Alpharma Inc.	1,238
3	Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.	1,220
4	IVAX Corporation	1,200
5	Barr Pharmaceuticals	1,190
6	Mylan Laboratories Inc.	1,100
7	Andrx Corporation	771
8	Ranbaxy Laboratories	764
9	SICOR Inc.	456
10	KV Pharmaceutical Company	204

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 09 Aug 2005 19:29 PDT
Thanks for posting that list -- it was a huge help.

I've come across a smattering of ranked lists, as well as other
sources of information that describe and name the major manufacturers
of generics, even though not necessarily in ranked order.

As you well know, such a list is a moving target, since there's so
much consolidation and new entry in the field.

The best and most recent list I can find it this one, though it only
mentions the top five, and hasn't yet caught up with the IVAX sale:

Top five generics manufacturers
by U.S. dollar sales January 2003 to August 2004

Rank   Company   Total $    Total %        % growth over
                 sales *    market share   year-ago period

1      Teva      $1,272.6      11.3%         0.0%
2      Mylan      1,008.7       9.0          6.0
3      Watson       865.1       7.7         34.0
4      Sandoz       734.7       6.5         -4.0
5      Ivax         547.1       4.9         60.0

* Sales in millions


Another fairly recent listing is here, and names the top 10 (though
it's not clear exactly how they are ranked) -- see the chart about
halfway down the page:,3148,64576068_63872702_70515404_71056364,00.html


A good overview of the major players in the industry can be found in
this detailed presention from June 2005:

In particular, see the companies list on page 7


Ratiopharm seems to loom large in Europe, but doesn't show up on the
lists of the world's largest companies (at least, not yet).  Here is
another source of some interesting tidbits on who's who in the
industry...note that these reports have various dates, but most of
them are fairly recent:
Espicom Generics Reports

Alpharma is the seventh largest generic company in the world.

IVAX Corporation is one of the largest US generic drug manufacturers. 

Merck Generics
Merck's generic businesses are not grouped under a single name. The
leading subsidiaries are Alphapharm, the leading generic manufacturer
in Australia, and Merck Generiques, based in France.

Mylan Laboratories
Mylan Laboratories is one of the largest US generic drug manufacturers.

ratiopharm claims to be the leading generic company in Germany, and
the third largest pharmaceutical company overall, in terms of

Sandoz is currently the second largest generic manufacturer in the
world, behind Teva.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
Teva is the largest generic pharmaceutical manufacturer in the world,
with sales worth US$4.8 billion in 2004, an increase of 46% over 2003.

If you search the above site for the word [ largest ] you'll also find
a lot of companies listed as the largest manufacturers in a particular
market our country, e.g.:

Aspen Pharmacare
Aspen Pharmacare is Africa's largest manufacturer of generic drugs,
and the leading supplier of generic products to both the private and
public sectors in South Africa.

Let me know what additional information you need to make for a
complete answer to your question.



Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 09 Aug 2005 19:35 PDT
P.S.  A December 2004 Datamonitor report lists the following
(including Rationpharm) as the leading generics companies:

leading companies
- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
- Sandoz
- IVAX Pharmaceuticals
- Merck KGaA
- Watson Pharmaceuticals
- Ratiopharm
- Hexal
- Barr Pharmaceuticals
- Mylan Laboratories
- Apotex
- Alpharma
- Ranbaxy
- Par Pharmaceutical
- Mayne Pharma
- Taro Pharmaceuticals
- Gedeon Richter
- Andrx

Again, let me know what else you need for a complete answer.


Clarification of Question by answersdiva-ga on 10 Aug 2005 10:14 PDT

This is very good research, but unfortunately my question is still not
really answered. It may be necessary to look at either annual reports
or SEC statements to get a better idea of the complete ranking of top
10 generics manufacturers. But I suspect that would be a bit beyond
the agreed-upon fee. What do you think?
Subject: Re: Generic drug manufacturers
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 10 Aug 2005 15:50 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars

Bingo!  It took a fair amount of digging, but I finally got it:


Med Ad News

Beyond boundaries: as the generic market grows, so does Novartis'
Sandoz; other pharmaceutical companies also are realizing the benefits
of generic units in the business mix.

1 July 2005

Company name     2004 sales ($ in millions)

Sandoz                    5,100 *
Teva                      4,800
Merck Generics            1,986
Ivax                      1,837
Watson                    1,641
Mylan                     1,374
Alpharma                  1,340
Barr                      1,309
Ranbaxy                   1,178
Andrx                     1,145


This was the status at the end of 2004.

Of course, things change rapidly in this business, and it appears that
Teva is back on top as of very recently:

Chemist & Druggist
July 30, 2005

Teva reclaims top spot

.....Teva Pharmaceuticals has reclaimed pole position as the world's
biggest generics manufacturer after its pounds 4.2 billion acquisition
of US firm IVAX Corp...The Israeli company has regained the top spot
lost to Swiss drugs manufacturer Novartis following its purchase of
Eon laboratories and Hexal earlier this year...


I trust these data fully answer your question.  

However, please don't rate this answer until you have everything you
need. If there's anything more I can do for you, just let me know by
posting a Request for Clarification, and I'm at your service.



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