Merck & Co Inc

Industry: Major Drugs

Fortune Rank: 85

Merck & Co., Inc. is a pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, produces & markets human/animal health products and services. Merck also provides pharmaceutical benefit services. For the 6 months ended 6/30/05, net sales fell 7% to $10.83B. Net income decreased 38% to $2.09B. Revenues reflect VIOXX withdrawal. Lower income also reflects lower gross margins and the absence of a $176.8M gain on the sales of equity in joint venture.

Merck & Co., Inc. (Merck) is a global research-driven pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, manufactures and markets a range of products to improve human and animal health, directly and through its joint ventures. Merck's products include therapeutic and preventive agents, generally sold by prescription, for the treatment of human disorders. Sales by category of the Company's products during the year ended December 31, 2004, included atherosclerosis, hypertension/heart failure, osteoporosis, respiratory, anti-inflammatory/analgesics, anti-bacterial/anti-fungal, vaccines/biologicals, urology, ophthalmologicals, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) products. Merck sells its products primarily to drug wholesalers and retailers, hospitals, clinics, government agencies and managed healthcare providers, such as health maintenance organizations and other institutions.

Merck & Co Inc

Merck & Co Inc is a Fortune 500 company. In 2010 Merck & Co Inc was ranked number 85 on the Fortune 500 list, making it the 85th largest company in the United States when judged by revenue.

Merck & Co Inc achieved revenue of $27,428.30 million in 2010 and earned a profit of $12,901.30 million.

Merck & Co Inc' rank improves

The company ranking improved in 2010, moving up the Fortune 500 list to 85th compared to 103rd in 2009. This was based on its 2009 revenue of $23,850 million (a change of 4 million compared to 2010) and profits of $7,808 million (a change of $5 million compared to 2009).

Another point of view

To many investors, profits are more important than the revenue a company earns. If the Fortune 500 was ranked by profits instead of revenue then Merck & Co Inc would be ranked 7th rather than 85th due to its profits of $12,901 in 2010.

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