Fastest Growing Pharmaceutical Companies

Smaller Companies Growing By Focusing on Niche Markets

Some of the biggest innovations in the healthcare industry are being made by small pharmaceutical companies, some with fewer employees than a single department in one of the larger companies. By focusing on niche markets and therapeutic areas, these little companies are making a big impact for patients. From treating illnesses that affect only a handful of the population to focusing entirely on one disease state, these companies are showing how a targeted approach can get results. 

In addition to including some of the fastest growing traditional pharmaceutical companies, this list also includes several companies – mainly information technology enterprises – engaged in supporting pharmaceutical development and sales.

US WorldMeds

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US WorldMeds is a specialty pharmaceutical company based in Louisville, Kentucky. Its marketed products include treatments for malignant hyperthermia, cervical dystonia, and hypomobility in Parkinson's disease. In its pipeline, it has a drug for reducing opiate withdrawal symptoms, a growing area of concern as opiates continue to be abused.

Elorac Inc.

Elorac Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company based in Vernon Hills, IL, develops and markets novel drug products for the U.S. dermatology and oncology drug markets.  It has a topical psoriasis treatment on the market and received orphan drug status to develop a naloxone lotion for itching associated with T-cell lymphoma. 

Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc., located in New Jersey, is a niche pharmaceutical company developing non-opioid products for managing post-surgical pain. Products include DepoCyt(e) an injectable, sustained-release form of cytarabine for the treatment of lymphomatous meningitis and Exparel, a local analgesic. It also developed DepoFoam, a novel drug delivery method which encapsulates drugs and then releases them over a set time period ranging from 1 to 30 days. Its pipeline is especially promising considering the renewed focus in the medical community on automatic-release medications to reduce user error.  More


Putney, based in Michigan, is unique in that it focuses on creating high-quality generic medications for pets. From pain relief medications to antibiotics, they produce drugs used in veterinarian offices around the country. 

Vets First Choice

Vets First Choice, Portland, Maine, an online veterinary partner-pharmacy and marketing service provider, is the nation's fastest growing business services provider. It provides home delivery of FDA-approved pharmaceuticals, therapeutic diets and compounded medications to pet owners on behalf of veterinary practices.  More

Clinipace Worldwide

Clinipace Worldwide is a contract research organization (CRO) based in Morrisville, NJ, that conduct trials of experimental drugs for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. 

Integrated Prescription Management

Integrated Prescription Management, Fresno, CA,  is a prescription benefit manager. It provides services for employers, third-party administrators, and brokers. 

Noble Rx Marketing

Noble Rx Marketing of Orlando, FL, develops educational marketing materials geared for patients and healthcare professionals on behalf of biotechs and pharmaceutical companies. From disease state information to guides on how to use and administer treatment, Noble RX Marketing creates comprehensive materials to help both physicians and patients better utilize medications.  More


Greenphire, headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, develops and manages proprietary payment technologies for the clinical trial industry. An extremely competitive area, clinical trials are the focal point for many pharmaceutical companies, making Greenphire highly sought after.  More