World pharmaceutical market distribution by submarket 2014-2019

This statistic shows the distribution of the total global pharmaceutical market sales from 2014 to 3rd quarter of 2019, by submarket. In 2015, the U.S. pharmaceutical market generated some 46 percent of total global market sales.

Global pharmaceutical market

In 2006, the United States pharmaceutical market accounted for half of the world’s market, with other established markets only accounting for about 37 percent. More recently, the gap between the American market and other markets has shrunk. In 2019, the U.S. market accounted for 48 percent, emerging markets accounted for 22 percent, and Europe totaled 19 percent of the global pharmaceutical market.

Revenue generated by the pharmaceutical market has continued to rise in North America, generating almost 511 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. The Asian, African, and Australasian market has experienced even larger growth, from 172 billion euros in 2010 to over 278 billion dollars in 2018.

In the United States, the pharmaceutical market makes up a small part of overall healthcare spending. Growth in drug expenditures in the United States has also slowed likely due to increased costs for consumers, new generic medication, conversion to over the counter drugs, and safety concerns. A large portion of pharmaceutical expenditure is dedicated to oncologics, respiratory agents, lipid regulators, antidiabetics, and antipsychotics. The world’s pharmaceutical market reached some 1.2 trillion U.S. dollars of revenue in 2018.

Distribution of the total global pharmaceutical market sales from 2014 to 2019, by submarket*

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

2014 to Q3 2019

Supplementary notes

* All values are calculated based on market sales given in U.S. dollars at constant exchange rates (CER). Shares may not sum up to 100 percent due to rounding.

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