Pharmaceutical Companies in Nigeria


Pharmaceutical Companies in Nigeria have made the country one of the most promising and rapidly growing pharmaceutical markets in West Africa and is growing 12% annually as indicated by the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN). According to the PMG-MAN, 14 of its members have invested more than US$44 million into factory expansion and the upgrade of manufacturing processes in the last four years.

The pharmaceutical industry in Nigeria is one of the engine room for growth and can potentially reach $4 billion over the next 10 years according to an article by the Lagos business school. The drivers of this growth are the top pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria which together control more than 70% of the market share.


List Of Major Pharmaceutical Companies in Nigeria

Emzor: Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited is a private indigenous pharma manufacturing group founded in 1984 by Dr. Stella C. Okoli, OON. From a humble beginning as a retail chemist’s shop in January 1977 to one of Nigeria’s most respected, indigenous multi-billion naira pharmaceutical companies. Emzor manufactures over 140 high-quality pharmaceutical products and medical consumables including analgesics, vitamins, haematinics, antimalarials, antitussives, antibiotics, anti-helminthic, anti-histamine, antacid, and cardio-protective drugs.


May & Baker: May & Baker Nigeria Plc was founded on September 4, 1944, as Nigeria is the first pharmaceutical company. It is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange on November 10, 1994. Wholly indigenous company with 100 percent equity by Nigerians. May & Baker is engaged in the business of Manufacturing, Marketing, Sales, and Distribution of Human Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines & Sera, Medical Diagnostics, Foods, and Consumer Healthcare Products.

The Pharmaceutical division is involved in the importation, manufacture, marketing, sale, and distribution of both prescription and non-prescription pharmaceuticals. The range of pharmaceuticals includes both solid and liquid dosage forms. It also is involved in the manufacture of beta-lactam antibiotics. The Foods division is involved in the local manufacture, marketing, sale, and distribution of food products. Their current product portfolio includes well known Mimee® brand of instant noodles and Lily® table water.


Swiss Pharma Limited: Recently acquired by Biogaran is also a leader in the pharmaceutical industry and was incorporated in the year 1976. They manufacture, market, and distribute finished pharmaceutical products that meet international standards. They were the First Pharmaceutical Company in Nigeria to attain NIS ISO 9001 2008 Certification. They were also the first Pharmaceutical Company in Nigeria and West Africa to be declared compliant with the standards of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in April 2014.

Swipha’s diverse product portfolio includes manufactured products as well as imported products that are indicated in key therapeutic areas, including Anti-malarials, Anti-infectives, Anti-diabetes, Anti-hypertensives, and Benzodiazepines, etc. Swipha also produces branded pharmaceutical products on behalf of some of the world’s largest multinational pharmaceutical companies on a contract manufacturing basis. Some of ther major products are: Trimacâ,  Swidarâ, Univalâ, Talenâ, Swidonâ, Relevâ, Relev Rapidâ, Farenaxâ ,Tinifloxâ, Swinolâ Ocexoneâ, Arenax Plusâ Forte, Supradynâ, Swivascâ  Ocefixâ, Swisecâ, Swivascâ, Clabeticâ, Forbeticâ, Swibeticâ, Monami Plusâ, Swifenâ, Expezolâ, Pyroxâ, Pyrox Combiâ and Polyfort.


Fidson Healthcare: Fidson Healthcare Plc is a leading pharmaceutical manufacturing company in Nigeria. Founded in 1995. The principal activities of the Company are the manufacture and distribution of pharmaceutical products. The Company’s segments include over-the-counter, ethical products, and consumables. The over-the-counter segment represents the products that may be sold directly to the consumer without a prescription. The ethical products segment represents the drugs, which would be sold to the consumer only on the possession of a valid prescription. The consumer segment represents household items. The Company offers various drug products and formulations across different therapeutic classes and pharmacological segments, which include antacid and ulcer care; anti-diabetic; anti-malaria; cardio-vascular; cough, cold, catarrh, and allergies; multivitamin-hematinics; neuro-psychiatry/anti-psychotic; anti-diarrhea; osteo-care; pain-relievers, and thrombo-prophalytic.


GlaxoSmithKline: GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc is a Nigeria-based research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare company. The principal activities of the Company are manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of consumer healthcare and pharmaceutical products. The Company’s operating segments include Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Healthcare. The Consumer Healthcare segment includes oral care, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and nutritional healthcare. The Pharmaceuticals segment consists of antibacterial, vaccines, and prescription drugs. The Company offers Consumer Healthcare brands, such as Panadol, Andrews Liver Salt, Macleans, Otrivin, Sensodyne, Voltaren, and a range of pharmaceuticals, including Ampiclox, Amoxil, Augmentin, Zentel, Halfan, and vaccines. Global Manufacturing and Supply (GMS) is the manufacturing unit of the Company located in Agbara, Ogun State. SEE: List of Genuine Canadian Online Pharmacies


Tuyil: Tuyil Pharm. Ind. Ltd is a privately owned pharmaceutical company in Nigeria established on the 1st of May, 1996 in Ilorin. It manufactures both human and animal products including potable table water. Due to its rapid expansion in production activities, the company moved to its permanent site at No 22 New Yidi Road, Ilorin. Kwara State on the 2nd of June, 2005. Products of Tuyil pharmaceutical industry limited are very popular in Nigeria, they are the makers of Bunto tonic, Vira tablet, Cenpain night as well as other products.


Jawa: Jawa International Limited is a key player in the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of quality Pharmaceutical products in the Nigerian Pharmaceutical market. JAWA ranks amongst the top 10 Pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria. The company is uniquely positioned to serve the growing needs of the Nigerian market through a diverse portfolio of quality products across the various therapeutic ranges which are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the people.

With 25 years of proven experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry, JAWA delivers quality service, trust, and reliability to its customers. JAWA has established strategic International alliances with other leading Pharmaceutical companies in India to support her vision.

The company has expanded rapidly, growing its marketing coverage to all the Six Geopolitical Zones in Nigeria. This is evidenced with their operational Sales / Branch Offices located in Yola, Kano, Suleja – Abuja, Aba, Enugu, Ibadan, and Lagos. Their Corporate office and Factory is at JAWA HOUSE, Plot 6, Abimbola Way, Isolo Industrial Estate – Lagos.


Juhel: Juhel Nigeria Limited is an indigenous pharmaceutical manufacturing company, founded in 1987 as the first pharmaceutical manufacturing company in old Anambra State, Nigeria. They manufacture a wide range of pharmaceutical products, from oral to intravenous medicines. With a total of over 100 Pharmaceutical products, they also manufacture one of the largest range of pharmaceutical products in the country, all of which are NAFDAC and ISO certified, meeting high standards at affordable prices.

The pharmaceutical manufacturing division of the company operates in two locations. The Oral Medicine Manufacturing Plant in Emene, Enugu State, and the Parenteral Medicine Manufacturing Plant in Awka, Anambra State. The Enugu location contains their Tablet and Syrup Manufacturing Plants, their separate Antibiotic Capsule Manufacturing Plant,  Bottled Water, and Beverage Manufacturing Plants, and the dedicated Plastic Bottle Manufacturing Plant. Juhel has a presence in Nigeria and other countries in West Africa.


Dana: Dana Pharmaceuticals Limited is a leading pharmaceutical manufacturing company in Nigeria. They are a subsidiary of the renowned Dana Group which commenced manufacturing of intravenous fluids in 1996 and have since expanded their capabilities by setting up a formulation plant to manufacture a wide range of pharmaceutical formulations. Dana has more than 27 products including Formulations and Antibiotics, and their products have become brand leaders in their respective segments. SEE: List of Nutraceutical Companies In Malaysia

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