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Global pharmaceutical pipeline by therapy area 2013-2017

This statistic shows the number of products in the global pharmaceutical pipeline for the period 2013-2017, broken down by therapy area. Over that period, it has been assessed that there are 53 pharmaceutical products in the pipeline for tuberculosis. It is evident that (ischaemic) heart disease, cancer and diabetes are the three top therapeutic areas regarding the R&D pipeline.

Number of products in the pharmaceutical R&D pipeline worldwide for the period 2013-2017, by therapy area*

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Release date

November 2013



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Supplementary notes

* The number of products in the pipeline is defined as the number of compounds currently at a life cycle stage between Phase II clinical trials and registration. Pipeline measure for the period 2013-2017.
Abbreviations: IHD: Ischaemic Heart Disease; COPD: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; LRI: Lower Respiratory Infection; BPH: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.

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