Pharma profit margins are very high

BBC recently compiled some nice, more dis-aggregated numbers on pharma marketing spend & profit margins using GlobalData. Numbers are for 2013 I believe. On first glance looks like the median ROI is similar to Forbes numbers that have been used to show high profitability earlier (e.g. by Prof Donald Light in this classic article)*.

BBC article: [see table]
[This same data table shows that Marketing spend is greater than R&D spend for 9 of 10 top pharma companies.]

*The earlier Forbes numbers come from a slide compiled by Kaiser FF, but they no longer host the slide. Luckily it is still available as a cached version here.


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