Worldwide top drug producing mechanisms of action by number of active compounds 2019

This statistic shows the top 10 mechanisms of action (pharmacologies) of drugs in the R&D pipeline worldwide by number of active compounds in 2019. It was projected that there will be nearly 1,400 active compounds of immunostimulants, thus making it the second ranked mechanism of action in that year.

Top 10 mechanisms of action in R&D pipeline drugs worldwide by number of active compounds in 2019*

Mechanism of actionNumber of active compounds
Immuno-oncology therapy1,875
Immunostimulant1,387
T-cell stimulant404
Immune checkpoint inhibitor327
Immunosuppressant199
Angiogenesis inhibitor186
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) receptor149
Apoptosis stimulant131
Radiopharmaceutical122
Opioid mu receptor agonist116
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Source

Release date

March 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

as of January 2018

Supplementary notes

* Projections as of January 2019.

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