hen Pakistan came into being there was hardly any pharma company in the country. Today, the pharmaceutical companies in Pakistan meet around 70% of the country’s demand for finished medicine, says PPMA (Pakistan’s Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association).
But the point is out of these many companies, who are the top-rated? Where should people look for all their pharma needs?
In this blog, we bring you the top 15 pharmaceutical companies in Pakistan according to their popularity, experience, and services in the healthcare industry.
GlaxoSmithKline Pakistan is the largest pharmaceutical company which was established in January 2001. It operates in two industry segments; Pharmaceuticals (prescription drugs and vaccines) and consumer healthcare (over-the-counter-medicines, oral care, and nutritional care). It has a worldwide presence but in Pakistan the company deals in Anti-infective, Respiratory, Vaccines, Dermatological, Gastrointestinal, Analgesics, Oncology, Urology, Central Nervous System, Allergy, Cardiovascular, and Vitamins therapy areas.
The company aims to improve the well-being with their quality products. Their popular brands include Augmentin, Amoxil, Velosef, Zantac, and Calpol. GSK is continuing its legacy by making quality healthcare accessible to people.
Getz Pharma is a highlighted name in the list of top pharmaceutical companies in Pakistan. They are the only company in the country whose manufacturing facility is approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). The same is for their quality control laboratory. It’s a member of the Getz group of companies which started as a local store by three Getz brothers. Initially, Getz Pharma was set up in 1955 with a team of 45 people. Now, it’s a world-class generic pharmaceutical company trusted by millions of people.
They are also the fastest-growing pharma firms in Pakistan and have achieved the third position among 700 pharmaceutical companies in Pakistan. The company’s therapeutic segments include Analgesic, Anti-Asthmatic, Anti-convulsant, Anti-Diabetic, Anti-Fibrinolytic, Anti-Hypertensive, Anti-Lipidemic, Anti-Malarial, and more.
It’s the third-largest pharmaceutical company in Pakistan which has over 80 distributors. Sami Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd is one of the few companies that played a significant role in releasing Pakistan from the dominance of multinational companies. They cover products in the category of ANALGESICS, ANTI-INFECTIVES, SUPPLEMENTS, and GASTROINTESTINAL DRUGS
Their excellence, quality, and innovation-driven approach for 40 years has brought them to the forefront of pharmaceutical innovation in Pakistan. They are headquartered in Karachi but are widespread even in the remote areas with their best healthcare facilities.
Abbott Pakistan started in 1948 with the vision to make people’s lives healthy with a diverse range of science-based nutritional products, diagnostic tools, pharmaceuticals, and diabetes devices. It’s a medical publisher as well as a manufacturer. It was founded under the leadership of Dr Wallace C. Abbott. With a team of more than 1400 people all over the country, Abbott strives to be a leader in the healthcare industry. Their commitment to quality has made them exceptional players all over the world.
Their trusted brands include PediaSure, Pedialyte, Glucerna, Brufen, Ensure, Similac, and FreeStyle. Apart from Pakistan, they are also making a lasting impact on health in more than 160 countries.
Hilton is another big name on the list of pharmaceutical companies in Pakistan. It was established in 1976 as a pharmaceutical manufacturer. Now, it’s known as a market leader in promoting research-based, quality products in the country. It operates in four categories; prescription drugs, biotech, veterinary, and consumer health. Hilton Pharma aims to be at the forefront of innovation and research. They are also dedicated to improving the standards of healthcare solutions with its state-of-the-art products and facilities.
It’s applauded for manufacturing the first Chinese Pharma product ‘Diazine Tablets’ in Pakistan. In the category of human rage, it serves in Anti-Diabetics, Anti-Fibrinolytic, Anti-Gout, Anti-Asthmatic, Anti-Lipids, Central Nervous system, Anti-Hypertensive, Fertility, GI, Multi-Vitamin and Pain Management.
Searle was incorporated in Pakistan as a private limited company in October 1965. In November 1993, IBL acquired Searle under the control of the IBL group. The major operations of Searle lie in pharmaceutical and other consumer products. It’s a leading pharma company known for its state-of-the-art manufacturing of biotechnology products. With a team of more than 2000 employees, Searle generates $135.15 million in sales (USD).
It also has collaboration with top-rated, recognized, global organizations like Grunenthal and CHR Hansen. Their popular products include Adronil, Byscard, Canderel, Extor, Ezium, Hydryllin, Levoxin, Lomotil, Nuberol Forte, Rhulef, Peditral, and more.
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Martin Dow is a recognized name in the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in Pakistan. It was founded in 1955 and came forward as an emerging pharmaceutical business. In June 2010, Martin Dow acquired the manufacturing facility and brands of Roche Pakistan which is considered as one of the largest deals in Pakistan pharmaceutical industry. They are known for their unmatched standards in producing the highest quality products.
It was rated as the fifth-fastest growing company in Pakistan in 2011. They are also one of the few companies that focus on Biotechnology in Pakistan. Martin-Dow developed and commercialized different therapeutic segments, Anti-Infectives, Cardiology, Dermatology, Neuropsychiatry, and Pain Management.
Founded in 1967, Sanofi is another big name in the pharmaceutical companies of Pakistan. It has the best manufacturing facility in Karachi. The company operates in four autonomous business units; Cephalosporin unit (Claforan® Plant), Haemaccel® Plant, Solids Manufacturing Unit, and Oral Liquid Manufacturing Plant.
Sanofi in Pakistan has been committed to improving diabetes management and patient quality of life. They also facilitate free of cost diagnostics services for suspected cases of LSD (Lysosomal Storage Disorders). They are the 7th largest pharmaceutical company that are working day and night to bring effective, affordable, and quality products to Pakistan.
HIGH-Q International was founded in 1994. In 2007, it launched its manufacturing plant HIGH-Q Pharmaceuticals. They aim to be an exemplary pharma company with its state-of-the-art products and sustainable marketing features. They cover the best products in two categories; nutraceuticals, and pharmaceuticals. In pharma, they have medicines in anti-allergy, antibiotics, anti-diabetics, antifungal, anti-vertigo, and more.
They also work to make drugs accessible for everyone, especially in underprivileged areas. It boasts the finest facilities in Pakistan which align with the International standards as well.
Pfizer was founded in 1959 and since then it has been working for the health and wellbeing of the people. The company is well-known and recognized for providing safe, innovative, and affordable medicines to millions of Pakistanis. It’s also a leading drug maker in the country.
They serve medications in the category of Pain, antibiotic, psychiatry, cardiology, urology, women health, malaria, cough, vaccinal, rheumatology, steroidal, and Cancer. They are also in partnership with Pakistan Bait- ul- Mal ( Govt of Pakistan ) for the provision of expensive cancer medicines, absolutely free of cost, to the needy patients. Pfizer Pakistan is open to collaborating more with the government to improve the health of people.
The health challenges in Pakistan have let them put forward the foundation of the Ferozsons business group in 1894. In 1956, Ferozsons Laboratories Ltd was established as the first pharmaceutical manufacturing company in Pakistan. In 1960, it was listed on the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) Limited. They are honored to be a multiple-time recipient of the KSE top 25 companies award.
Their product portfolio carries leading brands in high-quality generics as well as imported medicines that cater to the most needed treatments in the local market.
Bayer is the oldest pharmaceutical company in Pakistan with core competencies in healthcare and agriculture. It operates as a life science company with three divisions; pharmaceuticals, consumer health, and crop science. Their product portfolio contains a number of globally renowned brands. Their best-selling products in the pharma section are Glucobay, Aspirin, Zeralto, Eylea, Xofigo, Adempas, and more.
Bayer also has a worldwide presence because of its quality medical services and products. In Pakistan, it operates as a private limited company under the name Bayer Pakistan (Pvt) Limited.
Novartis is a Swiss-based company and also operates as a pharmaceutical company in Karachi. It provides a healthcare solution that improves the quality of living. It’s headquartered in Basel Switzerland but its products are available in more than 180 countries in the world.
The company’s specialties lie in dermatology, transplantation, immunology, cardiovascular, ophthalmology, oncology, orthopedic, hematology, and rheumatology.
It’s Pakistan is the brainchild of Pfizer Inc. Wyeth LLC, USA and Wyeth Holding Corporation USA are subsidiaries of Pfizer Inc. It was established in 1949 as a public limited company.
Wyeth is solely engaged in the import, marketing, distribution, and sale of research-based ethical specialties and other pharmaceutical products.
Barrett Hodgson is owned by the Salim Habib Education Foundation. Since its inception, it has persistently strived in the field of pharmaceutical, philanthropy, and education. It ranks 15 out of the 700 pharmaceutical companies in Pakistan. It’s also honored for its philanthropic work in the country.
It serves a wide range of products in antibiotics, anti-malarial, endocrinology, cardiovascular, pain management, intensive care, orthopedics, and more.