Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Composition of Certain Financial Statement Captions - Fair Value Assigned to Intangible Asset Classes (Details)

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Composition of Certain Financial Statement Captions - Fair Value Assigned to Intangible Asset Classes (Details) - USD ($)
$ in Thousands
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2017
Dec. 31, 2016
Aug. 31, 2016
Dec. 31, 2015
Aug. 31, 2015
May 31, 2015
Aug. 31, 2013
Dec. 31, 2012
Aug. 31, 2012
Dec. 31, 2011
Feb. 28, 2011
Feb. 28, 2010
Oct. 31, 2009
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Goodwill $ 717,099 $ 704,603   $ 743,348                  
Product registrations                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Weighted average amortization period 9 years                        
Covenants not to compete                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Weighted average amortization period 5 years                        
BioReference                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets $ 446,500       $ 545,250                
Goodwill $ 401,800       401,821                
BioReference | Technologies                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets         100,600                
BioReference | In-process research and development                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets         0                
BioReference | Customer relationships                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets         389,800                
BioReference | Product registrations                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets         0                
BioReference | Covenants not to compete                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets         7,750                
BioReference | Trade names                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets         47,100                
BioReference | Other                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets         $ 0                
CURNA                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                     $ 10,290    
Goodwill                     4,827    
CURNA | Technologies                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                     0    
CURNA | In-process research and development                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                     10,000    
CURNA | Customer relationships                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                     0    
CURNA | Product registrations                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                     0    
CURNA | Covenants not to compete                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                     0    
CURNA | Trade names                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                     0    
CURNA | Other                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                     $ 290    
EirGen                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets           $ 38,634              
Goodwill           83,373              
EirGen | Technologies                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets           0              
EirGen | In-process research and development                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets           560              
EirGen | Customer relationships                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets           34,155              
EirGen | Product registrations                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets           0              
EirGen | Covenants not to compete                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets           0              
EirGen | Trade names                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets           0              
EirGen | Other                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets           $ 3,919              
FineTech                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                   $ 18,800      
Goodwill                   11,623      
FineTech | Technologies                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                   2,700      
FineTech | In-process research and development                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                   0      
FineTech | Customer relationships                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                   14,200      
FineTech | Product registrations                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                   0      
FineTech | Covenants not to compete                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                   1,500      
FineTech | Trade names                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                   400      
FineTech | Other                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                   $ 0      
OPKO Biologics                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets             $ 590,200            
Goodwill             139,784            
OPKO Biologics | Technologies                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets             0            
OPKO Biologics | In-process research and development                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets             590,200            
OPKO Biologics | Customer relationships                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets             0            
OPKO Biologics | Product registrations                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets             0            
OPKO Biologics | Covenants not to compete                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets             0            
OPKO Biologics | Trade names                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets             0            
OPKO Biologics | Other                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets             $ 0            
OPKO Chile                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                         $ 10,806
Goodwill                         5,441
OPKO Chile | Technologies                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                         0
OPKO Chile | In-process research and development                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                         0
OPKO Chile | Customer relationships                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                         3,945
OPKO Chile | Product registrations                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                         5,829
OPKO Chile | Covenants not to compete                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                         0
OPKO Chile | Trade names                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                         1,032
OPKO Chile | Other                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                         0
OPKO Diagnostics                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                         44,400
Goodwill                         17,977
OPKO Diagnostics | Technologies                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                         44,400
OPKO Diagnostics | In-process research and development                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                         0
OPKO Diagnostics | Customer relationships                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                         0
OPKO Diagnostics | Product registrations                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                         0
OPKO Diagnostics | Covenants not to compete                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                         0
OPKO Diagnostics | Trade names                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                         0
OPKO Diagnostics | Other                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                         $ 0
OPKO Health Europe                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                 $ 8,378        
Goodwill                 8,062        
OPKO Health Europe | Technologies                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                 3,017        
OPKO Health Europe | In-process research and development                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                 1,459        
OPKO Health Europe | Customer relationships                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                 436        
OPKO Health Europe | Product registrations                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                 2,930        
OPKO Health Europe | Covenants not to compete                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                 187        
OPKO Health Europe | Trade names                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                 349        
OPKO Health Europe | Other                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                 $ 0        
OPKO Lab                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets               $ 14,030          
Goodwill               29,629          
OPKO Lab | Technologies                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets               1,370          
OPKO Lab | In-process research and development                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets               0          
OPKO Lab | Customer relationships                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets               3,860          
OPKO Lab | Product registrations                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets               0          
OPKO Lab | Covenants not to compete                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets               6,900          
OPKO Lab | Trade names                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets               1,830          
OPKO Lab | Other                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets               $ 70          
OPKO Renal                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                       $ 191,740  
Goodwill                       2,411  
OPKO Renal | Technologies                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                       0  
OPKO Renal | In-process research and development                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                       191,530  
OPKO Renal | Customer relationships                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                       0  
OPKO Renal | Product registrations                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                       0  
OPKO Renal | Covenants not to compete                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                       0  
OPKO Renal | Trade names                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                       0  
OPKO Renal | Other                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets                       $ 210  
Transition Therapeutics, Inc.                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets     $ 41,000                    
Goodwill     3,453                    
Transition Therapeutics, Inc. | Technologies                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets     0                    
Transition Therapeutics, Inc. | In-process research and development                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets     41,000                    
Transition Therapeutics, Inc. | Customer relationships                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets     0                    
Transition Therapeutics, Inc. | Product registrations                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets     0                    
Transition Therapeutics, Inc. | Covenants not to compete                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets     0                    
Transition Therapeutics, Inc. | Trade names                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets     0                    
Transition Therapeutics, Inc. | Other                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Total identified intangible assets     $ 0                    
Minimum | Technologies                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Weighted average amortization period 8 years                        
Minimum | Customer relationships                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Weighted average amortization period 6 years                        
Minimum | Trade names                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Weighted average amortization period 4 years                        
Minimum | Other                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Weighted average amortization period 3 years                        
Maximum | Technologies                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Weighted average amortization period 12 years                        
Maximum | Customer relationships                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Weighted average amortization period 20 years                        
Maximum | Trade names                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Weighted average amortization period 5 years                        
Maximum | Other                          
Fair values assigned to major intangible asset classes upon each acquisition                          
Weighted average amortization period 10 years