The pharmaceutical companies in Spain are among the most important taxpayers of the Spanish economy.
In 2019, drug sales in Spanish pharmaceutical companies totaled € 10,280 million. Drugs with an effect on the nervous system were the best-selling therapy group, followed by drugs for the digestive tract and metabolism as well as for the cardiovascular system.
The hospital market also grew and reached 11,440 million euros in 2019, with antineoplastic and autoimmune biologics being the drugs most in-demand in the hospital sector.
In Spain, the pharmaceutical sector spends more than any other sector on research and development. In 2019, the pharmaceutical RandD amounted to 1,210 million euros, the highest amount.
Spain is one of the largest economies in the EU and the thirteenth-largest economy in the world by nominal GDP. It has a population of 46 million.
The Spanish pharmaceutical industry is among the 4 most important countries in the European Union (after the UK has left) in terms of total drug sales.
Spain ranks fifth in terms of production in the European market with 15,000 million euros in 2018 and is one of the largest employers in the country with more than 41,000 employees (52% female employment rate), fourth in the EU in terms of the number of laboratories with 183 pharmaceutical laboratories.
Top Pharmaceutical Companies in Spain
Spain registered 124 companies in the manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and 205 in the manufacture of pharmaceutical preparations in 2018.
Many global pharmaceutical giants such as Pfizer, among others, Novartis, Lilly, and Sanofi have subsidiaries in the Mediterranean country, of which Lilly and Novartis achieved the highest sales in 2019 with more than 1,700 and 1,100 million euros respectively.
Among the Spanish companies, the multinationals Grifols, Laboratorios Cinfa, Laboratorios Esteve, and Almirall stand out.
Below is a detailed and organized list of some of the pharmaceutical companies in Spain:
ALK ABELLO SA
Address: CALLE MIGUEL FLETA 19 28037, MADRID Spain
Revenue: $249.84 million
Director: JELERT, SUREN
BAYER HISPANIA SL
Address: AVENIDA BAIX LLOBREGAT, 3 -5 08970, SANT JOAN DESPI Spain
Revenue: $1.89 billion
Director: GERDAU, THORSTEN
B BRAUN MEDICAL SA
Address: CARRETERA TERRASSA 121 08191, RUBI Spain
Revenue: $321.49 million
Director: MARIA BRAUN, ANNA
Address: CALLE ANTIC CAMI DE TORDERA, 109 – 119 08389, PALAFOLLS Spain
Revenue: $388.56 million
Director: ANTONIUS VAN BOXTEL, HENDRIKUS JOANNES
Address: LUGAR MASIA CAN MALET, S/N 08186, LLIÇA D’AMUNT Spain
Revenue: $220.13 million
Director: RUBIRALTA GIRALT, MARC
BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM ESPAÑA SA
Address: CALLE PRAT DE LA RIBA (PG IND SECTOR TURO DE CAN MATAS) 50 08174, SANT CUGAT DEL VALLES Spain
Revenue: $690.41 million
Director: PLOGER, PETER
CERTEST BIOTEC SL
Address: POLIGONO INDUSTRIAL RIO GALLEGO (CL J) 1 50840, SAN MATEO DE GALLEGO Spain
Revenue: $204.33 million
Director: GONCALVES FERNANDES, NELSON
CURIA SPAIN SA.
Address: LUGAR PARQUE TECNOLOGICO DE BOECILLO, PARC. 105 47151, BOECILLO Spain
Revenue: $123.29 million
Director: MARTINEZ PEREZ, JOSE MARIA
Address: CALLE VILLARICOS, S/N 04616, CUEVAS DEL ALMANZORA Spain
Revenue: $129.97 million
Director: ARROYO MARTINEZ, ANTONIO
DIAGNOSTIC GRIFOLS SA
Address: CALLE CAN GUASCH (PG IND LEVANT), S/N 08150, PARETS DEL VALLES Spain
Revenue: $305.56 million
Director: GRIFOLS DEU, VICTOR
DSM NUTRITIONAL PRODUCTS IBERIA SA
Address: CALLE HONDURAS (PG IND EL DESCUBRIMIENTO.) 26 28806, ALCALA DE HENARES Spain
Revenue: $131.12 million
Director: BERGES ARA, EDUARDO
ESTEVE PHARMACEUTICALS S.A.
Address: PASEO ZONA FRANCA, 109 – 4ª PLANTA 08038, BARCELONA Spain
Revenue: $216.82 million
Director: ESTEVE CRUELLA, ALBERT
FAES FARMA, SA
Address: AVENIDA AUTONOMIA (BO. LAMIACO) 10 48940, LEIOA Spain
Revenue: $449.68 million
Director: UCAR ANGULO, MARIANO
FERRER INTERNACIONAL SA
Address: AVENIDA DIAGONAL, 549 – 5 PTA 08029, BARCELONA Spain
Revenue: $503.94 million
Director: FERRER SALAT SERRA DI MIGNI, SERGIO
FRESENIUS KABI ESPAÑA SA
Address: CALLE MARINA (TORRE MAPFRE VILA OLIMPICA), 16 – 18 08005, BARCELONA Spain
Revenue: $171.65 million
Director: MOLLARD ALAIN, CHRISTIAN
INDUSTRIAL FARMACEUTICA CANTABRIA, SA
Address: CARRETERA ADARZO (CR CAZOÑA-ADARZO), S/N 39011, SANTANDER Spain
Revenue: $138.11 million
Director: RODRIGUEZ NAVARRO, SUSANA
INSTITUTO GRIFOLS SA
Address: CALLE CAN GUASCH (PG LEVANTE) 2 08150, PARETS DEL VALLES Spain
Revenue: $540.69 million
Director: SALLES ROCADEMBOSCH, JAUME
Address: CALLE DE SAN RAFAEL (P I ALCOBENDAS) 3 28108, ALCOBENDAS Spain
Revenue: $270.08 million
Director: DIAVERICO MARIA DE SANTIS, FRANCESCO
KERN PHARMA SL
Address: CALLE VENUS (POL IND COLON II) 72 08228, TERRASSA Spain
Revenue: $302.92 million
Director: DIAZ VARELA BERTSCHINGER, RAUL
LABORATORIOS ALTER SA
Address: CALLE MATEO INURRIA 30 28036, MADRID Spain
Revenue: $128.65 million
Director: ALONSO JENTOFT, CARLOS
LABORATORIOS CINFA SA
Address: CARRETERA OLAZ (POL. ARETA) 10 31620, HUARTE/UHARTE Spain
Revenue: $454.21 million
Director: ARANDA CAMPOS, FRANCISCO JAVIER
LABORATORIOS FARMACEUTICOS ROVI SA
Address: CALLE JULIAN CAMARILLO 35 28037, MADRID Spain
Revenue: $496.66 million
Directors: LOPEZ BELMONTE ENCINA, IVAN JORGE
LABORATORIOS HIPRA SA
Address: AVENIDA SELVA 135 17170, AMER Spain
Revenue: $299.05 million
Director: NOGAREDA ESTIVILL, DAVID
LABORATORIOS INDAS SAU
Address: PASEO DEL CLUB DEPORTIVO (PQ. EMPRESARIAL LA FINCA) 1 28223, POZUELO DE ALARCON Spain
Revenue: $249.68 million
Director: BARTA PEREZ, EMILIO
LABORATORIOS LEON FARMA SAU
Address: CALLE LA VALLINA ((POL. INDUSTRIAL NAVATEJERA)), S/N 24193, VILLAQUILAMBRE Spain
Revenue: $135.21 million
Director: VALERO VENEGAS, JUAN JOSE
LABORATORIOS LICONSA SAU
Address: CALLE DULCINEA, S/N 28805, ALCALA DE HENARES Spain
Revenue: $294.49 million
Director: ALBERTI, GERMANO
LABORATORIOS MENARINI SA
Address: CALLE ALFONS XII 587 08918, BADALONA Spain
Revenue: $240.98 million
Director: BERTOLACCINI, CLAUDIO
LABORATORIOS NORMON SA
Address: RONDA DE VALDECARRIZO (P I TRES CANTOS) 6 28760, TRES CANTOS Spain
Revenue: $342.93 million
Director: GOVANTES ESTESO, JESUS
LABORATORIO REIG JOFRE SA.
Address: CALLE GRAN CAPITA 10 08970, SANT JOAN DESPI Spain
Revenue: $272.10 million
Director: GARCIA REIG, ALEJANDRO
LABORATORIOS SERVIER SL
Address: AVENIDA MADROÑOS 33 28043, MADRID Spain
Revenue: $136.88 million
Director: VENESQUE PIERRE, CHARLES LOUIS
Address: CALLE ELS BOTERS 5 08290, CERDANYOLA DEL VALLES Spain
Revenue: $174.26 million
Director: ANDRESS ESSER, NORA
Address: AVENIDA DE LA INDUSTRIA 30 28108, ALCOBENDAS Spain
Revenue: $1.98 billion
Director: DAOUD, NABIL
LONZA BIOLOGICS PORRIÑO SL
Address: LA RELBA, S/N 36400, O PORRIÑO Spain
Revenue: $142.08 million
Director: HEINZ STOFFEL, STEFAN
Address: CALLE MARIA DE MOLINA 40 28006, MADRID Spain
Revenue: $418.57 million
Director: FERNANDEZ ALCALDE, MIGUEL
NOVARTIS FARMACEUTICA SAU
Address: CALLE GRAN VIA DE LES CORTS CATALANES 764 08013, BARCELONA Spain
Revenue: $1.30 billion
Director: VAN DER KAMP, HILDE
PIERRE FABRE IBERICA SA
Address: CALLE RAMON TRIAS FARGAS, 7 -11 08005, BARCELONA Spain
Revenue: $142.87 million
Director: GHOZLAND, STEPHANE
PHARMA MAR SA
Address: AVENIDA DE LOS REYES (- PG IND LA MINA) 1 28770, COLMENAR VIEJO Spain
Revenue: $319.26 million
Director: FERNANDEZ SOUSA FARO, JOSE MARIA
ROVI PHARMA INDUSTRIAL SERVICES SA.
Address: CALLE VIA COMPLUTENSE 140 28805, ALCALA DE HENARES Spain
Revenue: $283.46 million
Director: LOPEZ BELMONTE ENCINA, JUAN
SANDOZ INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS SA
Address: CARRETERA GRANOLLERS CARDEDEU C-251 (KM 4,3) 08520, LES FRANQUESES DEL VALLES Spain
Revenue: $183.98 million
Director: FREIRE PRADOS, MIGUEL ANGEL
TEVA PHARMA SL
Address: CALLE DE ANABEL SEGURA (ED ALBATROS B), 11 – PISO 1 28108, ALCOBENDAS Spain
Revenue: $433.47 million
Director: CONDE IBARRA, JUAN CARLOS
TOWA PHARMACEUTICAL EUROPE S.L.
Address: CALLE SANT MARTI, 75 – 97 08107, MARTORELLES Spain
Revenue: $144.69 million
Director: PEIX GALLOFRE, DAVID
VIATRIS HEALTHCARE SL.
Address: CALLE GENERAL ARANAZ, 86 – 3ª PLANTA 28027, MADRID Spain
Revenue: $136.46 million
Director: SEQUEIRA SILVA MADEIRA, JOAO MIGUEL
WYETH FARMA SA
Address: AUTOVIA DEL NORTE A-1, KM 23, DESVIO ALGETE, KM 1 28700, SAN SEBASTIAN DE LOS REYES Spain
Revenue: $670.38 million
Director: RODRIGUEZ MARQUEZ
FAQs about the pharmaceutical companies in Spain
Below are the frequently asked questions and the relevant answers about the pharmaceutical industry in Spain
How many pharmaceutical companies are there in Spain?
Spain ranks fourth in the EU in terms of the number of laboratories with 183 pharmaceutical laboratories.
The Spanish pharmaceutical sector has traditionally been one of the most important pillars of the high-tech manufacturing industry in Spain.
How do pharmacies work in Spain?
Where Spanish pharmacies lack the effectiveness of taking pain relievers off the shelf, they make up for it with the effectiveness of filling out a prescription, it can be in 30 seconds to a minute.
Are drugs expensive in Spain?
Due to government price restrictions, drugs tend to cost significantly less than in other countries. Although, it is different across the country. In some places, you can get some generic medicines without a prescription, but they are usually more expensive instead of being prescribed by a doctor.
Is the Spanish health system good?
The Spanish health system ranks 7th in the most efficient health care in the world, according to a 2000 report by the World Health Organization.
The Spanish health system ranks 19th in Europe according to the Euro 2018 Health Consumer Index. Spain is a world leader in organ transplants.
Although there are still some obstacles facing pharmaceutical companies in Spain, such as drug price regulation by the Spanish government in the public health system, Spain continues to be a very attractive market for pharmaceutical companies worldwide and we encourage people to explore this interesting market.