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World pharmaceutical select subsector value share 2017

This statistic shows the value share of pharmaceutical subsectors worldwide as of September 2017. The largest subsector share of 45 percent was held by Global pharma followed by specialty pharma with a share of 23 percent worldwide.

Pharmaceutical value share distribution by select subsector worldwide as of 2017

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Survey time period

as of September 2017

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* Biotech sector seems smaller than some might have expected. This is because the source classifies a company with no approved product as a “biotechnology company” and a company with a marketed product that is not a big pharma, not a Japan pharma nor a China pharma as a specialty pharma company. Thus, many companies (think Incyte) that some would think of as biotech are classified as specialty pharma.

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