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The pharmaceutical industry in Britain has an impressive reputation based on a long history of achievement. The sector relies on a solid science base, dedicated researchers and notable business strengths that match the very best in the world.

Major new advances in treatment developed in British laboratories offer entirely new opportunities to treat disease and ill health, to the benefit of patients all over the world.

This section of our website provides a selected range of statistics about the pharmaceutical industry, both in the United Kingdom and overseas.

We have also produced a booklet, entitled 'Delivering Delivering value to the UK: the contribution of the pharmaceutical industry to patients, the NHS and the economy, which provides useful facts and stats about the pharmaceutical industy.

A global industry

Pharmaceuticals and the UK economy

  1. Value of the pharmaceutical industry in the UK
  2. Monthly Annual Total (MAT) trade balance

 Research and development: innovation and investment​

  1. The development of new medicines
  2. Industry/university collaborations in the UK

Medicines and the NHS

  1. Community prescribing in the UK, total figures
  2. NICE decisions
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