Market share of generics in European countries 2017

This statistic displays the share of generics in the pharmaceutical market sales value in Europe by selected countries in 2017. The generic share in the pharmaceutical industry's market sales in Denmark exceeded 31 percent in 2017. Market share of generics is higher in newer EU member states due to low levels of intellectual property protection.

Market share of generics in selected European countries as of 2017

Share of pharmaceutical market sales value
Italy59%
Russia57%
Poland52.9%
Bulgaria48%
Croatia43%
Austria40.3%
Hungary37.6%
Denmark31.1%
Romania28%
United Kingdom27%
Finland26%
Slovenia25.1%
Portugal22.6%
Greece22.5%
Spain21.9%
Sweden20.2%
Slovakia19.7%
France19.2%
Estonia19.2%
Netherlands18.4%
Belgium16.6%
Ireland15.8%
Switzerland13.6%
Germany13.2%
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Source

Release date

2019

Region

Europe

Survey time period

2017

Supplementary notes

EFPIA: European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations
Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Hungary, U.K.: share of generics in pharmacy market sales
Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain: share of generics in reimbursable pharmacy market sales
Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland: share of generics in total market sales
Cyprus, Czech Republic, Iceland, Latvia, Malta, Turkey: 2017 data not available
France: data relate only to those active substances listed on the official list of medicines
Definition: ‘generic’ means a medicine based on an active substance that is out of patent and which is marketed under a different name from that of the original branded medicine.

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