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Drug companies maintain “astounding” profits

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 04 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1054
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Pharmaceuticals again ranked as the most profitable sector in the United States, topping the annual Fortune 500 ranking of America's top industries, released this month.

    The pharmaceutical industry topped all three of Fortune magazine's measures of profitability for 2001, making this decade the third in which the industry has been at or near the top in all the magazine's measures of profitability.

    The occasion was seized by critics of the industry as reflecting corporate greed. Frank Clemente, director of Public Citizen's …

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