Report Says U.S. Pharma Market Could Reach $550 Billion by 2020

March 17, 2015

According to a GlobalData report, the U.S. pharmaceutical market is forecast to increase from an estimated $395.2 billion in 2014 to $548.4 billion by 2020, representing a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.6%.

The company says that this growth will be driven by a number of factors, including increasing healthcare expenditure, an aging population, the rising prevalence of chronic lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and obesity, universal and easy access to reimbursement for pharmaceutical product costs, and the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Joshua Owide, GlobalData’s Director of Healthcare Industry Dynamics, explains that the PPACA and its amendment, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, continue to have a substantial impact on U.S. citizens and the pharmaindustry.

“As the PPACA mandates health insurance coverage for all Americans, the U.S. has witnessed increasing use of prescription drugs among individuals who are newly insured or have shifted to insurance plans that offer premium and cost-sharing subsidies," says Joshua Owide, GlobalData’s Director of Healthcare Industry Dynamics. "In 2014, spending on prescription drugs amounted to an estimated $275.9 billion, compared with $262.3 billion in 2013.

“Around 20 provisions of the healthcare legislation are expected to have a direct or indirect impact on the volume of drug and biologic sales," he continued. "As many as 32 million formerly uninsured citizens could enter the patient pool, resulting in new business worth $115 billion over a period of 10 years.”

GlobalData’s report also notes that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides a transparent, well-structured and competent regulatory system to facilitate the approval of pharmaceutical products and consequently bolster market growth.