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Biologicals dominate Europe’s best sellers Posted 27/06/2014

The landscape of blockbuster medicines in Europe has been changing over the last years from small molecule drugs to biologicals.

Biologicals now dominate the top 10 list of best-selling medicines in Europe, with eight of the top 10 best-selling drugs now being biologicals. This compares to only three biologicals that made the top 10 list back in 2008, see Table 1.

Table 1: Top 10 best-selling drugs in Europe 2008–2013

Source: IMS Health, MIDAS, MAT June 2013

The patents on all of these blockbuster biologicals have already expired or expire by 2022 at the latest [1], making them targets for biosimilars developers.

There are also more than 200 new biologicals in the pipeline (phase II to be registered), all of which could also be future targets for biosimilars [2].

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References
1. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. US$67 billion worth of biosimilar patents expiring before 2020 [www.gabionline.net]. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2014 Jun 27]. Available from: www.gabionline.net/Biosimilars/General/US-67-billion-worth-of-biosimilar-patents-expiring-before-2020
2. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. Biotech pipeline and biosimilars [www.gabionline.net]. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2014 Jun 27]. Available from: www.gabionline.net/Biosimilars/Research/Biotech-pipeline-and-biosimilars

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Comments (2)

Response to 'Top 10 best-selling drugs in Europe 2008–2013' posted 05/08/2014 - by Justyna K, GaBI Online Editorial Office

Dear Mr Kashi, Thank you for your comment. We have also noticed this error and subsequently updated the article. Please continue with your valuable feedback. Kind regards, Justyna

Top 10 best-selling drugs in Europe 2008–2013 posted 29/06/2014 - by Ramesh Kashi

Lipitor (column 2012 / row 5) in Table 1 is not a biologic (high-lighted in yellow)