IMS Study Forecasts Rebound in Global Spending on Medicines

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"Following several years of slowing growth, the global market for medicines is poised to rebound from an expected low point of 3–4% growth in 2012 to 5–7% in 2016."

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Following several years of slowing growth, the global market for medicines is poised to rebound from an expected low point of 3–4% growth in 2012 to 5–7% in 2016, according to a new forecast issued by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

The report, The Global Use of Medicines: Outlook through 2016, found that annual global spending on medicines will rise from $956 billion in 2011 to nearly $1.2 trillion in 2016, representing a compound annual growth rate of 3–6%. Growth in annual global spending is forecast to more than double by 2016 to as much as $70 billion, up from a $30 billion pace this year, driven by volume increases in the pharmerging markets and an uptick in spending in developed nations.

Additionally, patent expiries, which will peak in 2012, as well as increased cost-containment actions by payers, will constrain branded medicine spending growth through 2016, at 0–3% percent. Developed markets are expected to experience their lowest annual growth this year, at less than 1% or $3 billion, and then rebound to $18–20 billion in annual growth in the 2014–16 period. . .View Full Article

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