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Merck & Co. - Statistics & Facts

Today, Merck & Co. is an established top global player on the pharmaceutical market, generating nearly 49 billion U.S. dollars of revenue. The roots of Merck & Co., Inc. can be traced back to the 17th century: The company began as a purchased drug store in Darmstadt, Germany, in 1668 under Jacob Friedrich Merck. In 1891, a subsidiary became active in the United States under the name Merck & Co. Since 1917, when it was confiscated by the U.S. during the World War, Merck & Co. is an independent U.S. American company.

Merck's focus areas

The company’s products range from vaccines and cancer drugs to animal health products. As a company, Merck & Co. has one of the highest numbers of approved drugs, spending significant amounts on research and development. Two of the company's most important products are targeting diabetes, a chronic disease that plagues society. Januvia (sitagliptin) is one of the best-selling diabetes drugs globally and is popular as it does not cause weight gain. The drug generated some 3.3 billion U.S. dollars in revenue in 2021. However, blockbuster cancer drug Keytruda is currently by far Merck's leading product.

A global company

Merck & Co. is an international company, generating more than half of its revenues outside the United States. As one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, Merck & Co. had some 68,000 employees in 2021, spread over 100 countries. The company had total assets accounting for nearly 106 billion U.S. dollars in the same year.


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