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Leading pharmaceutical companies in Norway 2019, 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 2019 the leading pharmaceutical company in Norway, in terms of turnover, was Novartis Norge AS. The company generated a turnover of over 1.5 billion Norwegian kroner, and had a market share of 5.9 percent. Soon after followed Pfizer AS, with a market share of 4.8 percent, and MSD Norge, with a market share of 4.7 percent.

Pharmaceutical sales

   The value of pharmaceutical sales in Norway in 2018 was around 28.8 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 2018 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 1.6 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 17.1 percent.

Leading pharmaceutical companies in Norway in 2019, by turnover

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April 2020



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