Global pharmaceutical market - revenue distribution 2010-2018, by region

In 2018, the North American region accounted for almost half of the pharmaceutical market revenue worldwide. Since 2010, North America’s revenue share has increased by roughly six and a half percent, while Japan’s share has decreased by approximately three and a half percent.

Global pharmaceutical revenue

The global pharmaceutical market made a grand total of over one trillion U.S. dollars in 2018. Worldwide pharmaceutical revenue had seen a steady increase every single year since 2001, when the market’s value was about two-thirds smaller. The largest submarket within this branch has been the United States in recent years. Total pharmaceutical sales in the United States amounted to roughly 460 billion U.S. dollars, according to estimates as of Q3 2018.

Pharma and biotech top companies

The pharma industry is a large part of the healthcare branch, which deals with the development and production of medical drugs. 2019’s leading pharmaceutical and biotechnological company according to the FT Global 500 ranking, in terms of total revenue, was Cardinal Health, which earned over 140 billion U.S. dollars that year. Other large American companies in the top ten rankings included Johson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Merck & Co.

Distribution of global pharmaceutical market revenue from 2010 to 2018, by region

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2010 to 2018

Supplementary notes

2010-2017 data were added from previous editions of the same report.
* Europe includes Turkey, Russia and Ukraine.

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