Pfizer Reigns Supreme After Patent Cliff as Humira Kicks Avastin off Top Spot
Humira will replace Lipitor as the world’s biggest-selling drug in 2016, but
a familiar name, Pfizer, will still be the biggest seller of medicines after
the patent cliff according to the World Preview 2016 report published today
by EvaluatePharma, the premier provider of pharma and biotech analysis.
The cancer treatment Avastin had been widely expected to emerge as the
biggest blockbuster drug following patent expiry next year for Lipitor, a
cholesterol-lowering drug. However, Avastin has experienced some clinical
setbacks this year and as a result Humira is now forecast to be the top drug
with sales of
Meanwhile, Pfizer, through a strategy of mergers and acquisitions
including last year’s
spot in prescription sales, although Merck & Co, thanks to its
with Schering-Plough last year, will be close behind.
WW Prescription (Rx) WW Annual Market Market Pharmaceutical Sales Sales ($bn) Share Rank Rank 2009 2016 Annual 2009 2016 2009 2016 Growth (09 - 16) 1 Pfizer * 55.3 47.1 -2% 8.6% 6.0% 1 1 2 Merck & Co * 41.6 46.3 +2% 6.5% 5.9% 2 2 3 Novartis 37.3 46.0 +3% 5.8% 5.9% 4 3 4 Roche 36.0 43.9 +3% 5.6% 5.6% 6 4 5 Sanofi-Aventis 38.3 38.9 +0% 6.0% 5.0% 3 5 6 GlaxoSmithKline 36.3 38.7 +1% 5.6% 4.9% 5 6 7 Abbott Laboratories 16.5 26.1 +7% 2.6% 3.3% 10 7 8 Johnson & Johnson 21.3 24.8 +2% 3.3% 3.2% 8 8 9 AstraZeneca 31.6 22.1 -5% 4.9% 2.8% 7 9 10 Teva Pharmaceutical 12.6 20.8 +7% 2.0% 2.7% 15 10 Industries * Proforma data in 2009 (Pfizer+Wyeth / Merck+Schering-Plough)
A surprise in the top pharma sales list is the entrance of Teva, the
Israeli generics company which will become an increasingly large pharma
player as the industry’s patent cliff looms. Over the next seven years Teva
will push into the top ten ahead of some more traditional big pharma groups
like Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly and Amgen.
In terms of therapy areas biotech products targeting cancer and rheumatic
disorders look set to dominate the scene, accounting for six of the top 10 in
2016. Only Glaxo’s respiratory medicine Advair, which is proving incredibly
resilient to generic challengers, and AstraZeneca’s cholesterol fighter
Crestor, will be carrying the flame for conventional, small molecules drugs
Top Ten Selling Products in 2016 WW annual sales ($bn) Rank Product Company(s) Drug Target Technology 2009 2016Annual Growth (09-16) 1 Humira Abbott Laboratories /Eisai Arthritis Biotech 5.6 10.1 9% (monoclonal antibody) 2 Avastin Roche Cancer Biotech 5.7 8.9 6% (monoclonal antibody) 3 Enbrel Amgen/Pfi Arthritis Biotech 6.5 7.3 2% zer/Takeda (recombinant product) 4 Rituxan Roche/Biogen Cancer Biotech 5.6 6.8 3% Idec (monoclonal antibody) 5 Crestor AstraZeneca/ Cholesterol Conventional 4.8 6.3 4% Shionogi/Chiesi -lowering (small molecule) 6 Herceptin Roche Cancer Biotech 4.9 6.2 3% (monoclonal antibody) 7 Remicade Johnson & Arthritis Biotech 5.9 5.7 0% Johnson/Merck & (monoclonal Co/Mitsubishi antibody) Tanabe 8 Lantus Sanofi-Aventis Insulin Biotech 4.3 5.3 3% for diabetes (recombinant product) 9 Advair/ GlaxoSmithKline Asthma Conventional 8.0 5.2 -6% Seretide /Almirall/Others (small molecule) 10 Prolia Amgen/Daiichi Osteoporosis Biotech 0 5.2 - Sankyo/GlaxoSm (monoclonal ithKline antibody)
Commenting on the launch of the report,
CEO, said: “The next seven years will see huge growth in sales of complex
biologics, driven in part by the premium price they can command and the
industry’s productivity in getting these compounds to market. We will also
see generics players such as Teva achieving impressive growth due to a
continued sales erosion of blockbuster products coming off patent.”
“Our World Preview report gives a snapshot of the industry in 2016. This
is the first time this data has been available and will provide a valuable
insight into the new competitive pharma landscape beyond the patent cliff.”
EvaluatePharma launched the report today at BIO 2010 in
More information on EvaluatePharma’s World Preview 2016, which assess
forecasted trends in prescription drug sales, R&D spend, therapy area growth
and the performance of marketed and pipeline products, can be found at
EvaluatePharma’s stand at BIO 2010 (2436) or via EvaluatePharma’s website
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