McKesson Corporation

Market Cap: $30.5 Billion

Industry: Pharmaceuticals

Founded: 1833

Chief Executive Officer: John H. Hammergren

Employees: 68,000

Sales: $196.5 Billion

Headquarters: San Francisco, California


Summary: McKesson Corporation is an American pharmaceutical distribution company. They provide health information technology, medical supplies, and care management tools. The corporation operates through McKesson Distribution Solutions and McKesson Technology Solutions segments. The distribution branch provides ethical and proprietary drugs, medical-surgical supplies and equipment, and health/beauty care products throughout North America. They also provide pharmaceutical solutions for biotech and pharmaceutical manufactures. The Technology Solutions segment provides software, automation, business services, and consulting to hospitals, physician offices, and imaging centers.


Why you should care: Despite being a relatively small company, McKesson ranks #10 in global sales and #5 in American sales. McKesson stock was recently (February 2018) declared the best stock to beat healthcare headwinds. The company’s size, dominating control, and ability to be a low-cost producer in a slim-margin industry allow it to endure hardships faced by other healthcare companies. McKesson Corporation is California’s second-richest company with nearly $200 billion in annual revenues.