v3.7.0.1
Document and Entity Information - shares
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2017
Jul. 20, 2017
Entity Information [Line Items]    
Entity Registrant Name REGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000872589  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2017  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2017  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Amendment Flag false  
Common Stock    
Entity Information [Line Items]    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   105,240,767
Class A Stock    
Entity Information [Line Items]    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   1,911,456