Future of medicine

With 7,000 medicines and vaccines in the global pipeline, the future of health looks exciting. The pharmaceutical industry is pioneering new treatments and new technologies that will change the face of modern medicine. 

So there's a very exciting future for medicines.


The pace of scientific change is incredible at the moment and the more science develops the more we understand about disease and the more we have a more precise understanding of how disease works, the more pharmaceutical companies are able to be very precise in how they design medicines and target medicines in the future.


This is why we're beginning to see examples of physicians being able to use patient's own cells to design very personalised treatments that can sometimes result in cures.


These radically new types of treatment can be challenging to introduce into the NHS and that's why it's very important increasingly for the industry to work very closely with the NHS and physicians to plan for the future, to make sure that patients get access as quickly as possible.

The future of medicines

Medicines and vaccines have helped deliver incredible improvements in patient health – from doubling cancer survival in the last 40 years, reducing heart disease deaths by 75% since the 1960s and transforming HIV/AIDS into a chronic manageable condition.

The future of healthcare is an exciting one. 

Patients are increasingly benefitting from new and personalised treatments more complex conditions, like cancers and rare diseases.

Now more than ever we will need to work in partnership with our science partners, Government and the NHS to ensure that all patients are able to benefit from these new discoveries. 

Last modified: 20 September 2023

Last reviewed: 20 September 2023