Worldwide top diseases 2019, by number of active drugs

This statistic shows the top 10 diseases/indications worldwide in 2019, based on the projected number of active drugs. The projection said that there will be some 774 active drugs for breast cancer in that year, which would make it the top disease in terms of number of active drugs.

Top 10 diseases worldwide by number of active drugs in 2019*

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Release date

March 2019



Survey time period

as of January 2019

Supplementary notes

* Projections as of January 2019. The statistic excludes the more generalized indications which include the term ‘unspecified’ to focus in solely on counting drugs where precise target diseases have been identified.

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