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Big pharma stocks: Top pharmaceutical firms

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No, Big Pharma isn't an obese tractor driver – we're talking about drugs and the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world. From life-saving medicines to groundbreaking research and innovation, the pharmaceutical industry dominates our lives even if we're not aware of it. Subject to the strictest regulations, these major corporations research, develop and manufacture essential global medicines and drugs that supply national services – but obviously do so at a price, which can make them and their dominance controversial.

This Spark lists out some of the biggest of the US and European 'Big Pharma' stocks, all with super-healthy market caps above 100bn. Don't rely on us, though - make sure you do your thorough due diligence and testing before you act on anything.