Generic Drugs Market Size is Expanding Around USD 670.82 Billion by 2030

The generic drugs market was estimated at USD 439.37 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to reach USD 670.82 billion by 2030, increasing at a CAGR of 5.4% from 2022 to 2030.

Over the course of the forecast period, the global generic drugs market is anticipated to grow significantly. One important aspect anticipated to fuel the target industry's growth in the near future is the low cost of generic medications as an alternative to branded medications. Additionally, expanding RPA use to assure regulatory and standard compliance will open up significant growth potential for the major players functioning in the global industry. Robotic process automation (RPA) refers to the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology to normal, rule-based activities. This automation enables the primary operating participants in the target market to focus more time, effort, and resources on jobs with higher added value.

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Market Growth

Over the forecast period, a growing number of people will likely become aware of the advantages of generic cancer drugs, such as their low cost.

Future opportunities for producers of generic oncology medications will result from rising demand for specialty generics, as well as from greater government efforts and funding. Interest in generic oncology pharmaceuticals has increased all around the world as a result of rising cancer therapy costs and a rising need for high-quality medical solutions. The coronavirus pandemic had a huge impact on the international economy and put up a number of obstacles for most enterprises globally. On the other hand, the demand for generic cancer generic oncology treatments has grown significantly as a result of greater use for drug research.

Regional Analysis

In 2021, North America accumulated the greatest revenue share. In the year 2021, the United States had the largest sales of generic medications. As the pandemic enters its third year of disruptive effects and the death toll approaches 1 million, the region's primary healthcare focus is still on the pandemic, but other important dynamics are at play with regard to the use of health services, the associated level of spending, including patient out-of-pocket costs, and the use of prescription drugs. Decision-makers, including patients, must continue to understand these aspects of the healthcare system and how they might change over the next years.

Market Report Scope

Report Coverage


Market Size In 2022

US$ 439.37 Billion

Market Size By 2030

US$ 670.82 Billion

Growth Rate From 2022 to 2030

CAGR of 5.4%

Base Year


Forecast Period

2022 to 2030

Segments Covered         

  • By Brand
  • By Route of Drug Administration
  • By Therapeutic Application
  • By Distribution Channel

Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa 

Competitive Landscape

The generic medication business is extremely competitive, with a large number of competitors controlling the market. To maintain the escalating market competition, the market participants are implementing techniques including expanding R&D spending, mergers, and acquisitions. Mylan NV, Eli Lilly and Company, GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Pfizer Inc., Sun Pharma, Novartis, and Sanofi are some of the major market participants.

Report Segmentation of the Generic Drugs Market

  • Type Insight: Due to its lower cost than super generic pharmaceuticals, the simple generic drugs category dominates the market in terms of drug kind. The therapeutic effects of these medications are the same, and they are prescribed with the same dosage, quality, and usage patterns. Super generics of the drug type sector are anticipated to account for more than 25% of the global market for generic medications.
  • Application Insight: The global market is divided into the primary categories of cardiovascular, cancer, Central nervous system, respiratory, dermatology, and others based on therapeutic applications. Due to the rising need for the treatment of oncology disorders globally, the Oncology Therapeutic Application sector is dominating with a significant market share. Over the projection period, the cardiovascular category is expected to expand at a respectable CAGR.

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Market Dynamics of the Generic Drugs Market

Market Drivers

The market for generic oncology drugs in the United States is expanding as a result of factors including the sharp increase in cancer cases, growing use of branded generics, rising healthcare costs, high cancer diagnostic screening rates, accessibility to a wide range of cutting-edge cancer treatments, and a sizable presence of top generic drug manufacturers.

Instances of various malignancies have significantly grown in recent years in the U.S., and this trend is expected to remain during the prediction period. In the United States, there will be an expected 1.9 million new cancer diagnoses and 609,360 cancer deaths in 2022, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). This will cause the demand for generic cancer medications to increase at a rapid rate during the forecast period.

Market Restraints

Sales of generic cancer medications could be hampered by oncologists' doubts about their efficacy.

Despite its upbeat outlook, the global generic oncology pharmaceuticals market is dealing with a number of difficulties that are partially limiting its growth. Longer approval times, doubts regarding the efficacy of generic oncology medications, and the use of complementary cancer therapies are a few of these factors.

Market Opportunities

Access to therapy and cancer outcomes are facing a serious threat from the sharp increase in the cost of cancer medications. Due to exorbitant cancer treatment costs, a significant section of the global population who suffers from the disease cannot afford proper cancer therapy. They are constantly hunting for affordable cancer therapies as a result. This has highlighted the demand for generic oncology medications.

Millions of cancer patients who cannot afford expensive therapies have a fresh ray of hope thanks to the introduction of generic medications in oncology. They are being used more frequently by cancer patients around the world as suitable, more affordable substitutes for branded medications.

Recent Development of the Generic Drugs Market

  • In March 2019, Envy Medical, a biotechnology business offering dermatology and medical aesthetics treatments, was purchased by Allergan.
  • In September 2019, An Orange, California-based biotechnology business called Bonti Endurance Biotech was purchased by Allergan.
  • In 2019, Elastagen, a significant participant, was acquired by Allergan. This is done in an effort to broaden the selection of products that contribute to keeping skin elastic.

Major Market Segments Covered:

By Brand

  • Pure generic drugs
  • Branded generic drugs

By Route of Drug Administration

  • Oral
  • Topical
  • Parental
  • Others

By Therapeutic Application

  • Central nervous system (CNS)
  • Cardiovascular
  • Dermatology
  • Oncology
  • Respiratory
  • Others

Key Distribution Channel

  • Hospitals Pharmacies
  • Retail Pharmacies
  • Others

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