The pharmaceutical industry develops, produces and markets products licensed for use as medicines. One measure of success of the pharmaceutical industry in any country is to measure the share of leading medicines by sales attributable to it.
The chart below shows the share of sales for the top 100 medicines by country of origin. The country of origin in this analysis is defined as the location of headquarters of the company producing the medicine.
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Figure 1 – Share of sales of top 100 prescription medicines by nationality of company
Source: IMS Health World Review Analyst 2011 www.imshealth.com