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Top cancer drugs based on revenue worldwide 2018

In 2018, Celgene’s Revlimid generated over eight billion U.S. dollars, making it the number one ranking cancer drug worldwide in terms of revenue that year. Other oncology products among the top ten included Opdivo, Herceptin, and Imbruvica.

Pharmaceutical outlook

In 2024, the top pharmaceutical product (in terms of revenue) is projected to be Keytruda by Merck & Co. Worldwide revenue for this drug is expected to reach 17 billion U.S. dollars that year. Pharmaceutical sales numbers are forecast to be the highest in North America in 2022. It is predicted that sales numbers will reach over 600 billion U.S. dollars, which is more than double the sales numbers expected from the runner-up, Europe.

Cancer cases by gender

Specific types of cancer are more common among certain genders. Worldwide, breast cancer accounted for approximately a quarter of all new cancer cases among females of all ages in 2018. Colorectal cancer was the second most common type for women. For men, lung and prostate cancer were the most common that year. Almost 15 percent of new male cases, involved lung cancer, while about 13 percent were prostate cancer cases.

Top 10 cancer drugs worldwide by revenue in 2018

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April 2019



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