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31. Pfizer
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Rank: 31 (Previous rank: 40)
CEO: Ian C. Read
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An expiring patent for the little blue pill is making Pfizer blue these days. Pfizer's blockbuster Viagra will face competition from generics starting next year. To prepare, the company is scrambling to find other uses for the drug. It's also making variations of Viagra, such as a chewable tablet called Viagra Jet, which it's already selling in Mexico.

Like many big pharmas facing a generics threat, Pfizer is slimming down and restructuring. It recently closed its major research facility in Sandwich, England, which employed 2,400 people. In March, Pfizer also announced a strategy to spin off four non-pharma units to focus on its core business. --S.D.

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Key financials $ millions % change
from 2009
Revenues 67,809.0 35.6
Profits 8,257.0 -4.4
Assets 195,014.0
Stockholders' equity 87,813.0
Market value (3/25/2011) 162,621.2
Profits as % of  
Revenues 12.2
Assets 4.2
Stockholders' equity 9.4
Earnings per share  
2010 $ 1.02
% change from 2009 -17.1
2000-2010 annual growth rate % 5.6
Total return to investors %
2010 0.6
2000-2010 annual rate -6.0
Industry: Pharmaceuticals
Rank Company 500
($ millions)
1 Pfizer 31 67,809.0
2 Johnson & Johnson 40 61,587.0
3 Merck 53 45,987.0
4 Abbott Laboratories 69 35,166.7
5 Eli Lilly 115 23,076.0
6 Bristol-Myers Squibb 131 19,484.0
7 Amgen 163 15,053.0
8 Gilead Sciences 299 7,949.4
9 Mylan 418 5,450.5
10 Allergan 457 4,919.4
11 Biogen Idec 476 4,716.4
12 Genzyme 487 4,535.9
Issue date: May 23, 2011
Acquired King Pharmaceuticals (2009 rank: 908), Feb. 28, 2011.
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