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Top therapeutic classes by global pharmaceutical sales 2018 estimates

This statistic depicts the top 10 therapeutic classes by global pharmaceutical sales in 2018. In that year, the global pharmaceutical industry is estimated to generate a total revenue of some 36 billion U.S. dollars through mental health drug spending.

Top therapeutic classes and drugs

Oncologics, pain therapy, and anti-diabetics are among the top global pharmaceuticals based on revenues, generating some 100 billion U.S. dollars, 79 billion U.S. dollars, and 40 billion U.S. dollars, respectively, in 2018. In oncologic developments, drugs for non-small cell lung cancer and breast cancer were among the leading diseases in therapeutic drug development. On the other hand, mental health drugs like Cymbalta generated about 36 billion dollars of revenue worldwide. Cymbalta is manufactured by Eli Lilly and used to treat major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.

One of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s most profitable medications was Abilify, a neurology product that generated revenue of 5.8 billion U.S. dollars in the United States in 2015. Aripiprazole, marketed as Abilify, is used for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder, among other disorders. Bristol-Myers Squibb’s neuroscience program focuses on the development of therapeutic regimens for disorders that impact the brain and nervous systems. Some of the company’s other therapeutic areas of focus include cardiovascular, immunoscience, and virology.

Top 10 therapeutic classes by estimated global pharmaceutical sales in 2018

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Release date

January 2019



Survey time period

as of October 2018

Supplementary notes

The statistic includes 8 developed and 6 pharmerging countries: U.S., EU5, Japan, Canada, China, Brazil Russia, India, Turkey, Mexico.

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