Case ID: 707509
Solution ID: 2018

Strategy in the 21st Century Pharmaceutical Industry: Merck & Co. and Pfizer Inc.

Case Solution

The global pharmaceutical industry has gone through substantial changes in the last few decade and pharmaceutical firms face major challenges, including headline-grabbing litigation, imminent patent expirations, new technologies, rising drug development costs, generic drug substitution, international competitors, and complex public policy issues. Describes the pharmaceutical industry in 2006, including: the drug development process; threats from biotech and generics competitors; pharmaceutical manufacturing, selling, and marketing; and pharmaceutical consumption in Europe, the third world, and the U.S. Merck and Pfizer are analyzed in-depth and a contrast between Merck, as a research-based firm opposed to mergers, and Pfizer, as a marketing powerhouse growing through acquisitions, is developed. Thirteen exhibits give concrete focus to the issues of the case.


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