World pharmaceutical sales 2017-2019 by region

This statistic describes the global pharmaceutical sales in from 2017 to 2019, sorted by regional submarkets. As of Q3 2019, total pharmaceutical sales in the United States was estimated to reach around 491 billion U.S. dollars in that year.

World pharmaceutical sales by region

The pharmaceutical industry is best known for manufacturing pharmaceutical drugs which aim to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent diseases. The pharmaceutical sector represents a huge industry, with the global market valuing in at more than one trillion U.S. dollars. The best known top global pharmaceutical companies are Pfizer, Merck and Johnson & Johnson from the U.S., Novartis and Roche from Switzerland, Sanofi from France, etc. Accordingly, North America and Europe are still among the largest global submarkets for pharmaceuticals.

In 2019, the United States was still the largest single pharmaceutical market, generating more than 490 billion U.S. dollars of revenue. Europe was responsible for generating around 195 billion U.S. dollars. These two markets, together with Japan, Canada and Australia, form the so-called established (or developed) markets. The rest of the global pharmaceutical revenue is mainly from emerging markets which include countries like China, Russia, Brazil and India. In fact, these emerging markets show the fastest increase in pharmaceutical sales. Latin America, the Indian Subcontinent, and non-European countries are the world regions with the highest predicted compound annual growth rates up until 2023.

Global pharmaceutical sales from 2017 to 2019, by region (in billion U.S. dollars)*

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

2017 to Q3 2018

Supplementary notes

* All values are based at constant exchange rates (CER). 2018 figures are estimates.
** ROW = rest of world.

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