Top 10 Pharmaceutical Companies In Nigeria

Are you aware of the top pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria? Everybody is bound to get sick at some point in time. No we don’t wish you evil, it’s just a truth we can not avoid.

Nigerians in the past would turn to traditional medicine whenever they or their children had any symptoms. But in most cases these days, herbs, potions, mixtures and elixirs do not work 100% efficiently.

Agbo” ( a popular mixture of boiled herbs and tree bark made mostly by the yoruba people) doesn’t work for everything.

The modern man has turned to medical science to seek help, relief and freedom from diseases and that’s where pharmaceutical companies come in. 

A pharmaceutical company, also known as a drug company, is a commercial enterprise that is licensed to research, develop, market, and/or distribute drugs, most commonly in the context of healthcare.

They can sell both generic and brand-name medications.

We have compiled a list of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria in no particular order. Here they are:


Top 10 Pharmaceutical Companies In Nigeria

1. Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited

First on our list is Emzor Pharmaceutical, the producer of the famous “headache-killer” Emzor paracetamol.

Interestingly, this company was founded in 1984 but actually started off as just a retail medication outlet in 1977, then turned into a medication importer and wholesaler before growing into the drug manufacturing “med-giant” it is today. 

Emzor started independent drug production in 1985, by 1988 it had become a widely known pharmaceutical company with it’s leading product, the popular Emzor Paracetamol which is popular not only in Nigeria but in the Sub Saharan region of Africa as a whole.

2. Swiss Pharma Nigeria Limited 

At spot number 2, we have, Swiss Pharma Nigeria Limited known casually as SWIPHA. SWIPHA was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Lagos State, Nigeria.

It was the first pharmaceutical company in the country to acquire the ISO 9001 : 2000 certificate and since then they have produced a lot of widely used drugs ranging from caplets to tablets, liquid syrups and suspensions. 

Apart from selling their own products to federal, state government and private organisations, they also market products for companies outside Nigeria e.g. Bayer Health care and Bio-Strath both in Switzerland. 

3. May and Baker Nigeria PLC. 

May and Baker Nigeria was established in 1944 under a huge pharmaceutical company in the UK. It was the first pharmaceutical company to be established in Nigeria. 

May and Baker manufactures antibiotics, anagelsics and anaesthetics, multivitamins,  anti-malaria drugs and others.

Some of their popular products include Diamet, Loxagyl tablets and suspension, Lixyped, Loxaprim, Loevotil 500mg and others. 

May and Baker has their factory located in Ikeja, Lagos State where they manufacture some of their top quality products on par with international standards. 

4.  Fidson Healthcare PLC

Fidson Healthcare was established in 1995 and is a household name in the pharmaceutical industry.

Their products cut across a wide range of drugs which include antacid and ulcer care drugs, anti diabetics, anti malaria, anti diarrhoea drugs and anti infection drugs.

They currently operate a CGMP-compliant manufacturing facility and are one of only a few Nigerian pharmaceutical manufacturers vying for the World Health Organisation’s GMP certification.

In order to deliver unique products and cost-effective services, the company has entered into technical collaboration with a number of overseas manufacturers, the majority of whom are market leaders in their respective fields.

Their headquarters is located in Lagos Nigeria where they produce several high quality drugs. 

5. Mopson Pharmaceutical Limited

Mopson Pharma Ltd. was established in 1977 is currently headed by Dr Paul  Oyebanjo. Just like Emzor pharmaceutical they started as a retail medical supplies outlet before evolving into one of the best pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria.

Mopson Pharmaceutical Limited is well-known for the high quality of its products, which we refer to as “products of excellence.” The company’s Research and Development department created these innovative products.

They are well-known for their effectiveness and patient acceptance – they are referred to as ‘patient-friendly.’

They supply drugs to government and private owned medical facilities and are on a mission to provide high quality and affordable essential medications to their customers. 

6.  Neros Pharmaceutical Limited

Nero’s pharmaceutical Ltd. Is one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria and is currently experiencing rapid growth.

Neros pharmaceutical was established in 1986 as

Neros Pharmaceuticals Limited has maintained consistent growth and progress in recent years, despite the global economic downturn.

With a staff of over 100, the company now has more than 100 branded products spanning various therapeutic classes such as anti-malarias, multivitamins (minerals), anti-bacterials, anti-fungals, anti-hypertensives, analgesics, anti-diabetics, and anti-virals.  

7. Glaxosmithkline Consumer Nigeria Limited (GSK Nigeria) 

Glaxosmithkline Consumer Nigeria Limited Nigeria was established in 1971 and has since evolved into one of the best pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria.

Glaxosmithkline Consumer Nigeria Limited actually operates under it’s international parent company Glaxosmithkline PLC who with their three global businesses, scientific and technical know-how, and talented people, have a strategy  to bring differentiated, high-quality, and needed healthcare products to as many people as possible.

The company has its headquarters in Lagos Nigeria and produces health related products such as horlicks drink , sensodyne toothpaste, parasol cold and catarrh etc. 

8. Zolon Healthcare Limited 

This is a pharmaceutical company with a lot of international influence through their partners which include Svizera in Switzerland, the Eckhart coorporation, Torrents Pharma, Lincoln Pharmaceutical and others. 

Zolon healthcare is responsible for the production of Emvite Super and other popular drugs. 

9. New Heights Pharmaceutical Limited

New Heights Pharma operates in all parts of the country but is head quartered in Lagos State. They are a leading wholesaler in the pharmaceutical industry.

They market and distribute products for Wassen International Uk, Omron healthcare in Europe Alere Medicals in Israel and some other manufacturing companies based in Nigeria.

10. Chemiron International Limited 

Established as Chemech Laboratories Nigeria in 1987, Chemiron International Limited has slowly evolved into one of the top pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria.

They produce the Chemiron blood nourishing tonic and capsules and have their headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos State. 

The pharmaceutical companies on this list are responsible for making most of the drugs we use tidy ranging from simple pain killers to stronger drugs for other ailments or diseases. 

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