Italy: leading pharmaceutical companies 2017, by revenues

In 2017, Sanofi S.p.A. was the pharmaceutical company generating the highest revenue in Italy with a value amounting to 1.5 billion euros. According to the figures provided by Competitive Data, Eli Lilly Italia S.p.A. and Merck Serono S.p.A. followed and they generated revenues for 1.4 and 1.3 billion euros, respectively.  

 International pharmaceutical companies in Italy

 In Italy, most of the companies operating in the pharmaceutical sector are foreign-owned . In 2018, Italian capital firms accounted for 41 percent of the of the total companies, whereas foreign enterprises represented 59 percent of them. Regarding the latter, 35 percent were from EU or Japan, whereas 24 percent were originally from the United States.  

 International Trade 

Trade figures also confirm the international character of the Italian pharmaceutical sector. In 2018, the value of Italian pharmaceutical exports reached almost 26 billion euros , following a steady growth started in 2015. Between 2016 and 2018, Germany and the United States were the leading destination countries for Italy’s exports of basic pharmaceuticals, whereas Switzerland was the major supplier of such products for Italy.

Leading pharmaceutical companies* in Italy in 2017, by revenues

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January 2019



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*Data are taken from statutory financial statements.

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