Leading pharmaceutical companies in Norway 2018, by turnover

Unlike its Scandinavian neighbors, the key players in the Norwegian pharmaceutical market are not domestic companies, but rather branches of major international giants in the sector. As of 2018 the leading pharmaceutical company in Norway, in terms of turnover, was Pfizer AS. The company generated a turnover of almost 1.5 billion Norwegian kroner, and had a market share of 6.2 percent. Soon after followed MSD (Norge) AS, with a market share of six percent, and Novartis Norge AS, with a market share of 5.9 percent.

Pharmaceutical sales

   The value of pharmaceutical sales in Norway in 2017 was around 26.6 billion Norwegian kroner. The largest part of the pharmaceutical sales came from prescription pharmaceuticals. In particular, the group of pharmaceuticals that generated the largest turnover in 2017 was drugs for obstructive airway diseases, which had a turnover of around 1.2 billion Norwegian kroner.

Nonprescription pharmaceuticals

  The total turnover generated from nonprescription pharmaceuticals in Norway reached a value of around 1.4 billion Norwegian kroner, after several years of increasing turnover. That year, the leading nonprescription pharmaceutical company in Norway, by market share, was GSK Consumer Health, with a market share of 23.4 percent. It was followed by Karo Pharma AS, with a market share of 17.8 percent.

Leading pharmaceutical companies in Norway in 2018, by turnover

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April 2019



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