Top global pharmaceutical markets: growth rate 2013-2018

In 2018, the growth rate of Brazil’s pharmaceutical market stood at ten percent, which is an increase of four percent compared to 2016, but a decrease of six percent compared to 2013. The Japanese market’s growth has dropped from 12 percent in 2016 to -2 percent two years later.

Pharma companies in Brazil

ACHE, which is a Brazilian-owned corporation founded in 1966, was the leading pharmaceutical company in Brazil in 2018, with a revenue of roughly 4.15 billion Brazilian reals (just over one billion U.S. dollars). Six of the top ten companies were domestic and included enterprises, such as Neo Quimica, Libbs, and Mantecorp Farmasa.

Pharmaceutical R&D

Global pharmaceutical research and development expenditures in 2018 came to a total of 179 billion U.S. dollars, which is an increase of roughly 28 percent compared to eight years earlier. By 2024, R&D spending is expected to exceed 210 billion U.S. dollars, with pharmaceutical companies Johnson & Johnson, and Roche spending a projected amount of 10 billion U.S. dollars each that year.

Growth rate of top 10 national pharmaceutical markets worldwide from 2013 to 2018*

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Release date

December 2019



Survey time period

2013 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Calculated in LCD is: local currency dollar - currency fluctuations are not taken into account to make the growth in the countries comparable.
Values not included in the current BPI-report were taken from previous reports.
BPI stands for "Bundesverband der Pharmazeutischen Industrie" (German Federal Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry).

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