Top pharmaceutical manufacturer vs. top pharmaceutical distributor U.S. 2019

This statistic shows a comparison of the top U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturer vs. the top U.S. pharmaceutical distributor as of 2019. In general, pharmaceutical distributors generate much higher revenues than manufacturers, as it can be seen clearly comparing top distributor McKesson and top manufacturer Pfizer. On the other hand, manufacturers' return on sales are much higher. In 2017, a large controversy was started about who is responsible for increasing drug prices whereby pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors were especially in focus, passing the responsibility for high pricing to each other.

Comparison of the top U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturer vs. the top U.S. pharmaceutical distributor as of 2019

McKessonPfizer
Revenue (billion US$)208.453.6
Revenue per employee (million US$)3.10.6
Profit as % of revenue020.8
Profit as % of assets0.17
Annualized return to investors (2008-2018, %)1213.8
Number of employees (in 1,000s)6892.4
Fortune 500 ranking761
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Release date

June 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

as of June 2019

Supplementary notes

* Pharmaceutical distributors include wholesalers, pharmacy benefit manager (PBMs), and pharmacies.
According to Fortune 500, Johnson & Johnson is the largest pharmaceutical manufacturer. Nevertheless, for this statistic Pfizer was chosen because it is to a much higher degree a pure drug manufacturer. The same is true for McKesson which is more focused on drug distribution than UnitedHealth Group.

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