Brazil: revenue of pharma companies in 2018

The Brazilian company Aché Laboratórios Farmacêuticos S.A. was the leading pharmaceutical company in Brazil in 2018, with a revenue of 4.15 billion Brazilian reals. Brazilian EMS Pharma S.A. ranked second with a revenue of 3.54 billion reals. The total revenue of the pharmaceutical market in Brazil reached more than 76 billion reals in 2018, a value that has been constantly increasing since 2008.

Brazil in the global pharmaceutical market

Brazil was among the leading pharmaceutical markets worldwide in 2018, with a market share of nearly three percent. The market is mostly dominated by sales of new medicines and biologicals, which comprise more than 40 percent of the revenue. Generic drugs, in comparison, accounted for only 13 percent of it.

Brazilian pharmaceutical industry

The manufacturing industry is one of the main sectors of Brazil’s economy, and makes up approximately 10 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. The pharmaceutical segment is no exception: with a production value of more than 40 billion Brazilian reals in 2017, the drug production market employed nearly 184 thousand people. For instance, only in the wholesale segment, the pharma sector was responsible for 9.4 billion Brazilian reals spent on salaries and remuneration.

Leading pharmaceutical companies in Brazil based on revenue in 2018

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Release date

August 2019



Survey time period

Moving annual total as of December 2018

Special properties

In purchasing power parity (PPP) reals

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded

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