Top 20 therapeutic classes by global pharmaceutical sales in 2015 (in billion U.S. dollars)

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This statistic depicts the top 10 therapeutic classes by global pharmaceutical sales in 2015. In that year, the global pharmaceutical industry generated a total revenue of some 29.5 billion U.S. dollars through dermatologics.

Top therapeutic classes and drugs

Oncologics, pain therapy, and anti-diabetics are among the top global pharmaceuticals based on revenues, generating 79 billion U.S. dollars, 56 billion U.S. dollars, and 71 billion U.S. dollars, respectively, in 2015. 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, Cymbalta was one of the top serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) in the United States, accounting over 40 percent of the market share. 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 is 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.

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