Top 10: Consumer Healthcare Companies

Top 10 consumer healthcare companies
Top 10 consumer healthcare companies include Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, GSK, Novartis, Sanofi, Bayer, Merck, Nestlé Health Science and Procter & Gamble,

In the ever-evolving world of healthcare, some developments feel like science fiction: 3D printed limbs, biometric hospital security and AI conducting surgery. Yet some things never change - there are staple household products in every home, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Calpol and Proctor & Gamble’s Vicks. 

Consumer healthcare companies work hard to bring customers healthcare products that they need to manage in times of sickness and to maintain good health. 

These are our Top 10 Consumer Healthcare Companies, who offer over-the-counter healthcare products to help people live their best lives.

10 Roche Holding AG

Roche is one of the world’s largest biotech companies, a leading provider of in-vitro diagnostics and a global supplier of transformative innovative solutions. Founded in 1896, the company is headquartered in New York, the company has been recognised as the most sustainable company in the Pharmaceuticals index of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). Its consumer healthcare products include dietary supplements. Roche follows a holistic approach in managing its sustainability and focuses on social responsibility, environmental protection and supply chain sustainability.

09 Abbott Laboratories

Abbott Laboratories is the fourth biggest producer of medical devices in the world. The company is headquartered in Abbott Park, Illinois, and has a revenue of US$34bn. In 1985, Abbott started investigating the HIV virus and is the first healthcare organisation to create a licensed test to identify it in blood. 

Its consumer healthcare products include baby formulas by Similac as well as FreeStyle which monitors glucose levels. Peptide-based therapeutic nutrition VITAL provides balanced nutrition for patients who require tube feeding.

08 Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble started out as a soap company in 1837 and has gone on to become the force behind household brands such as Always, Braun, Fairy and Febreze. However, Procter & Gamble is probably best known for its dental-hygiene focused consumer products from Crest and Oral-B.

“Crest and Oral-B are on a mission to unlock the life-changing power of healthy oral care habits, because everyone deserves a healthy smile,” said Carlos De Jesus, Senior Vice President of Oral Care at P&G. 

Some of Nestlé Health Science's product range.

07 Nestlé Health Science

Nestlé Health Science is a subsidiary of Nestlé, focusing on nutritional health solutions. It develops and markets science-based nutritional products for consumers with specific dietary needs. Its portfolio includes popular brands like Boost nutritional drinks, Carnation Breakfast Essentials, and Vitaflo medical nutrition products. it also offers specialised formulas for conditions such as diabetes, malnutrition, and gastrointestinal disorders. Nestlé Health Science operates globally, aiming to bridge the gap between healthcare and nutrition through innovation and research-backed products.

06 Merck

Merck is a global pharmaceutical company known for its contributions in developing vaccines. The company licensed vaccines for MMR, Hep A, Hep B and Chickenpox. Across healthcare, Merck develops innovative health solutions that increase the prevention of diseases in people and animals. 

Its consumer healthcare products include Apaisyl’s After-Stings Roll-On Gel and molefoam padding for sensitive feet. Merck also sells an assortment of products for animal health used by vets and pets owners. 

05 Bayer

Global life-sciences enterprise Bayer was founded in 1863 and is headquartered in Leverkusen, Germany. Bayer uses AI and machine learning to maximise its Real World Data, which can be shared to the right healthcare source to assist patients. 

Its consumer healthcare products range from skincare to heart health. Bayer’s allergy brand Claritin helps consumers to manage reactions. Bayer’s Canesten can treat intimate skin conditions and Aspirin helps people live free from pain. Bayer’s consumer healthcare products aim to help people live full lives.

04 Sanofi

Sanofi is a global healthcare company which aims to transform medical practices and offer life-changing treatments. In addition, they develop vaccines to improve people’s lives and to work towards infectious disease prevention and control. AI and machine learning is used to collect and analyse large amounts of information to aid in their work against pathogens. 

Its consumer healthcare products support good digestive health with DulcoLax and general wellness products with items such as Unisom and Nature’s Own.

03 Novartis International

For over 40 years, Novartis International has helped to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in low-income communities across the world. The company started out supporting the elimination of diseases like leprosy and malaria. Now, the company is taking on cardiovascular diseases and health inequity, with a strong approach to population health.

Its consumer healthcare products include cough syrups and items for personal relief, as well as soothing skin lotion and probiotics. 

02 GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Pharmaceutical manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was founded in 2000, is headquartered in the UK, and has a presence in 150 countries. 

In 2009, the company was approached by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to assist in providing anti-doping services for the London Olympics. In 2017, Dame Emma Walmsley was made CEO of GSK, becoming the first woman to run a major pharmaceutical company. 

GSK’s Consumer Healthcare focuses on pain relief, oral health, respiratory care, nutrition, gastrointestinal and skin care.

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01 Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been developing, manufacturing and selling life-changing healthcare products for 130 years. Founded in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, the company remains headquartered there, with 134,000 employees working in 60 countries across the world. 

In 1888, one of J&J’s founders, Robert Wood Johnson, was on a train trip to Colorado where he learned from a railway surgeon about the high rate of injuries for railroad workers. He came up with the idea of the First Aid Kit - a box of medical items which people could use on themselves and on each other in health emergencies. 

Fast-forward to the present day and J&J uses AI in its pharmaceutical research and is 3D printing titanium plates to be used in bone fracture recovery. Over the counter, its consumer healthcare products include icons such as Talcum Powder, Band Aid, Baby Shampoo, Listerine and not forgetting Imodium. 

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