Pharmaceutical companies has come to stay in Nigeria despite the presence of traditional herbalists who use plants, it products and parts to cure illnesses. A lot of reasons people stay away from the herbalists exist.
One is because of the lack of a researched dosage while the other been the bitter nature of the medicine or drugs. Other reasons could be because they had not been approved by the Government or simply because it doesn’t look and sound modern.
Now, this drug manufacturing companies are always trying hard to remain relevant in the industry and as such, they are always on their toes to make sure they produce the best and needless to say, they are all approved by NAFDAC and stick to the guidelines.
Out of these numerous avalanche of companies in the pharmaceutical industry in Nigeria, 10 of them has proven to be the best and these top 10 pharmaceutical firms registered in the country would be discussed alongside the products they produce in no particular order.
Top 10 Pharmaceutical Companies in Nigeria & Their Products
#1. Swiss Pharma Nigeria Limited (Swipha)
Simply known as Swipha, Swiss Pharma Nigeria Limited was established in 1976 with it headquarters in Lagos. This is a leading pharmaceutical company in Nigeria that produce drugs ranging from tablets, caplets, Oral liquid syrups to suspensions.
Aside their own products, they also market and distribute products of BAYER Health Care, Basel, Switzerland and BIO-STRATH AG, Zuerich, Switzerland.
This drug manufacturers supply drugs to both Federal and State Government as well as private organisations and other businesses.
This firm is the first pharmaceutical company to obtain ISO 9001: 2000 certification. This firm since it establishment had produced a lot of quality and wide used drugs.
Swipha products includes Arenax® Plus, Betaglip, Bio-strath Digest, Bio-strath Sedative, Bio-strath Tablet/Elixir, Clabetic, Dart, Dyrax, Expezol Syrup & Expezol Tablet, Farenax, Forbetic, Guafensin, Monami & Monami Plus, Nexcef, Ocexone, Polyfort Gel/Chewtab, Pyrox, Pyrox Combi, Relev, Stavlan Capsules, Supra C, Suprakids, Swibetic, Swidar, Swidon, Swifen Suspension, Swinol, Swivasc, Talen and Tiniflox.
#2. May & Baker Nigeria Plc
May and Baker Nigeria Plc is the first Nigerian pharmaceutical company. They were established in 1944 as a subsidiary firm under a giant multinational pharmaceutical company based in UK.
May & Baker Nigeria Plc have it main factory in Ikeja, Lagos State where it manufactures some of it high quality pharmaceutical products that meets international standards.
The company has interest in manufacturing of anitbiotics, anaesthetics, analgestics, antimalaria, multivitamins and other products. May and Baker products includes Aluclox Caps, Bromatan, Cardovasc Tabs, Diatab, Cardovasc Retard, Comepiryl tabs, Furoxetil, Loxaclav, Artelum, Diamet, Mepiryl Tabs, M&B Cipro tablets, Lixyped, Oxavid, Secwid (Secnidazole), Maysedyl with codeine syrup, Rophegan, Loxagyl Susp & Tablets, Thiapril Tabs, Levotil 500mg, Ramitace 10mg, Ketovail, Loxaprim and M&B Paracetamol tablets & Syrup.
#3. Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited
Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited is another top player in the pharmaceutical industry founded in 1984.
One thing I find interesting about this drug manufacturing company is the fact that it started as a chemist retail outlets 1977, then metamorphose into an importer and wholesaler of pharmaceutical products before finally becoming a drug manufacturer.
The company started production in 1985 and by 1988, it had become an established pharmaceutical firm with a very popular product ( Emzor Paracetamol) that’s not only popular in Nigeria but in the sub-saharan Africa.
The companies factory is located at Isolo industrial area of Lagos with facilities to make a wide variety of high quality pharmaceutical products that meet international standards.
Emzor Pharmaceutical products cut across the analgesic, anti-malaria, vitamin/haematinics/multivitamin supplement, anti-helmintic, antibiotics and therapeutic categories.
They had produced about 80 products. Some of these includes Emzor Paracetamol ’96 Tablet, Emzor Paracetamol Syrup, Emzor Paracetamol Drops, EM-Vit-C Drops, EM-Vit-C Syrup and EM-Vit-C Chewabl among others.
#4. Fidson Healthcare Plc
Unarguably one of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria, Fidson Healthcare is a household name in the pharmaceutical industry.
This firm was established in 1995 and since then, had proven to be producers of quality drugs. Their head office is located in Lagos State, Nigeria.
Fidson Healthcare products cut across several categories of pharmaceutical products, these includes Antacid & Ulcer Care category such as Gascol Antacid Suspension Classic and Meprasil. In the Anti-Diabetic section, they have Biosulin. They have Motitec in the Anti-Diarrhoea. Fidson Anti-Infectives drugs includes Ciprotab and Peflotab. Their Anti-Malaria drugs include Arthemed and E-Mal.
Looking at their products, this list of registered pharmaceutical companies in the country wouldn’t be complete without them. They are also the makers of Avstat and Pladox meant for Cardio-Vascular treatment. In the Cestra section, they boast of having Cestra® ‘Pre Natal Once A Day’ and Cestra® 50 Plus, Cestra® Omega 3 & 6, Cestra® Once a Day and Cestra® ProBiotix BlackCurrant Chewable. Tuxil (Children) – Runny Nose and Catarrh and Tuxil N® (Adult) – Cough & Cold – Expectorant are the syrup they produced meant for Cough, Cold, Catarrh or Allergies.
Fidson other products includes Astymin G, Astymin, Astymin-SN, Astyfer, Flutex, Rexolan, Arthocare, Zetgel, Avipol and Cutenox among other pharmaceutical products.
#5. Mopson Pharmaceutical Limited
Mopson Pharmaceutical Limited is one of the best pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria. The firm just like Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited is fully indigenous and also started as a chemist retail outlets before becoming a pharmaceutical company. Mopson was established in 1977 and now have it head office in Ajao Estate, Lagos State.
Mopson Pharmaceutical Limited has developed a lot of quality products that received award. Some of these includes Neofylin cough syrup that won the Africa’s best cough mixture of the year 2006 award and Asmalyn syrup that won the best Asthma management award in 2012.
Mopson’s others products includes Ascorbion C300 vitamin C syrup, Folimop Folic acid syrup, Liquid Paraffin, Mopson Methylated Spirit, Micpol suspension, Multivitamin Syrup, Neomox, Pitrofin syrup, Supermag Antacid and Throtal.
#6. Neros Pharmaceuticals Limited
NEROS Pharmaceuticals Ltd. plays a vital role in the pharmaceutical industry in Nigeria. It was established in 1986 as an importer and distributor of pharmaceutical products. They have their head office in Lagos.
Currently, Neros Pharmaceutical Limited has developed more than 100 branded pharmaceutical products ranging from anti-malaria agent, Antifungal, vitamins / Minerals Supplements, Antibiotics / Antibacterial, Antituberculosis, Analgesics, Antispasmodic, Anti Hypertensive, Anticholesterol Agent, Anti Inflammatory, Anti-Diarrhoea, Eye and Ear Drops / Ointment, Antacid / Anti-Ulcer, Anti-Diabetic Agent, Expectorant etc.
NEROS pharmaceuticals Ltd are the producers of several popular products such as Arthemeter and Artesunat antimalaria products, Falcidin Suspension, Quinine products, Vitamin C Glucose, etc.
#7. Glaxosmithkline Consumer Nigeria Plc (GSK Nigeria)
GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK) is a multinational pharmaceutical company operating in Nigeria adopting the name, “GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc.”
GSK Nigeria was established in 1971 and had since then walk it way as one of the best pharmaceutical firm in Nigeria. This firm has it headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria.
GSK Nigeria products includes Panadol Cold & Catarrh, Horlicks, Sensodyne and Panadol Pain & Fever.
#8. Chemiron International Limited
Chemiron International Limited was established as Chemech Laboratories Nigeria Limited in 1987 and since it establishment had walk it way top in the pharmaceutical industry.
Chemiron International Limited have in headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos State. They are the producers of the popular Chemiron blood nourishing tonic and capsules.
#9. Zolon Healthcare Limited
Zolon Healthcare Limited is one of those drug manufacturing company in the country with a lot of partners outside the country.
They include: Svizera of Netherlands, Panacea Biotec, Lincoln Pharma, Torrents Pharma, Hanmi Pharma (South Korea), Gujarat Liqui Pharmacaps Pvt, Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, Eckhart Corporation (USA). Zolon Healthcare are the producers of Emvite Super and Osteoarthritis.
#10. New Heights Pharmaceutical Limited
New Heights pharmaceutical Limited is a leading wholesaler in the pharmaceutical industry based in Lagos but operates in all parts of the country.
They mostly market and distribute products of Omron Healthcare Europe, Wassen International UK, Alere medicals Israel, and that of some other pharmaceutical manufacturing companies in Nigeria.