Injectable Drugs Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Injectable Drugs Market is segmented by Molecule Type (Small Molecule and Large Molecule), Drug Class (Blood Factors, Cytokines, Peptide Hormone, Immunoglobulin, Monoclonal Antibodies (mAbs), and Other Drug Classes), Application (Oncology, Neurology, Cardiovascular Diseases, Autoimmune Diseases, Infectious Diseases, Pain, and Other Applications), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and South America). The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Injectable Drugs Market - 1
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 11.1 %

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Market Overview

The injectable drugs market is expected to register a CAGR of nearly 11.1 % during the forecast period.

Currently, big pharma giants are seeking collaborations and approvals to come up with a vaccine in the market space, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as soon as possible. These vaccines are majorly given in the injectable form, which is driving the market growth. For instance, in May 2020, AstraZeneca received funding of more than USD 1 billion from the United States Health Department's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) for the development, production, and delivery of the University of Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine.

With an increase in the number of chronic diseases like cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, and cancer, the demand for injectable drugs has risen significantly in the market.

In the recent past, biologics are becoming an increasingly important aspect of therapies in various diseases and are driving the forces of the pharmaceutical industry. The prefilled syringes have gained substantial acceptance as delivery systems for injectable drugs and biologics in the treatment of chronic diseases. Their ease of administration and the greater level of safety and efficacy has increased the competition among the leading companies of injectable drugs. The market players are focusing on product launches and coming up with novel products. For instance, in April 2019, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries launched INFUGEM injection, used for the treatment of cancer, in the United States Market after receiving approval from the United States health regulatory bodies.

With the need for more convenient drug-delivery methods, they are becoming the fastest-growing choices for unit dose medication (minimizing dosing error), to reduce the drug waste and increase the product life span.

The prefilled syringes have gained utilization across a wide range of therapeutic areas, such as blood stimulants, therapeutic proteins, and vaccines. With the rapid growth of emerging markets, coupled with a surging patient pool there is an increasing demand for patient-friendly parenteral delivery systems. Thus, over the forecast period, a wide expansion of prefilled syringes is expected across the world. This is expected to drive the demand for the injectable drugs market.

Scope of the Report

As per the scope of the report, drugs that are introduced into the body with a syringe and needle as a medium is termed as injectable drugs. These drugs are used for the treatment of various diseases and disorders. The injectable drug market is gaining high importance in hospitals and clinics, with an increasing number of biologics, antibody-drug conjugates, and monoclonal antibodies in development, along with several injectable drugs under clinical trials status, globally. The Injectable Drugs Market is segmented by Molecule Type (Small Molecule and Large Molecule), Drug Class (Blood Factors, Cytokines, Peptide Hormone, Immunoglobulin, Monoclonal Antibodies (mAbs), and Other Drug Classes), Application (Oncology, Neurology, Cardiovascular Diseases, Autoimmune Diseases, Infectious Diseases, Pain, and Other Applications), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and South America). The market report also covers the estimated market sizes and trends for 17 different countries across major regions, globally. The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

By Molecule Type
Small Molecule
Large Molecule
By Drug Class
Blood Factors
Peptide Hormone
Monoclonal Antibodies (mAbs)
Other Drug Classes
By Application
Cardiovascular Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Infectious Diseases
Other Applications
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East and Africa
South Africa
Rest of Middle East and Africa
South America
Rest of South America

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Key Market Trends

Oncology is Expected to Have Significant Market Share

The global cancer burden is increasing, and thus, cancer therapies must be modified according to regional and national priorities. As per the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), in December 2020, globally, 1 in 5 people develop cancer during their lifetime, and 1 in 8 men and 1 in 11 women die from the disease. The IARC estimated that in 2020, the prevalence of cancer rose to 19.3 million cases and 10 million cancer deaths in the year 2020, which was around 18 million cancer cases around the world in 2018. The cancer burden differs by region. Almost half of the cancer prevalence occurs in Asia, and in Europe, one-quarter of the population is suffering from cancer.

As per the 2020 report of cancer released by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, in Europe, around 2.7 million new cancer cases and 1.3 million deaths were reported in 2020. With the increasing burden of various types of cancer, the market players are focusing on the launch of novel and innovative injectables. In 2019, Merck’s cancer therapy, Keytruda received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as part of combination therapy for previously untreated patients with the most common type of kidney cancer. Thus, the increasing burden of cancer and the launch of novel products are expected to drive the market’s growth over the forecast period.


North America Region Holds the Largest Market Share of Injectable Drugs Market

North America dominates the Injectable Drugs market, owing to rapid developments in healthcare infrastructure, the presence of major players in the region, the launch of novel products, huge investments made in the research and development, and increased adoption of injectable form drugs in hospitals to treat different cancers. In October 2019, Premier Inc., a US-based healthcare improvement company, through its ProvideGx program, partnered with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. to supply healthcare providers phytonadione injection and emergency, pre-filled syringes of calcium chloride, epinephrine, sodium bicarbonate, atropine sulfate, dextrose, and lidocaine.

In addition, there is a huge burden of various disorders in this region which increases the demand for effective injectables. For instance, Alzheimer’s Association stated that in 2020, almost 6.2 million people age 65 and older are suffering from Alzheimer’s in the United States, Of these 3.8 million are women and 2.4 million are men. Alzheimer's is a chronic disease and requires long-term medication, therefore this high burden of chronic diseases indicates that there is a huge demand of injectables drugs in this region. Furthermore, the expansion of different companies to increase their production capacities is also driving the North American injectable drugs market.


Competitive Landscape

The injectables drugs market is moderately competitive. The key players in this market include GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Baxter International, Inc., Amgen Inc. among others. Some of the major players in the market have consolidated partnerships for certain products that allow for ease of manufacturing and distribution. Furthermore, the expansion of different companies to increase their production capacities helps in increasing the overall market.

Recent Development

In August 2020, Acacia Pharma Group plc launched BARHEMSYS (amisulpride injection) in the United States for order and delivery to customers through major wholesalers and specialty distributors.

In June 2020, Pfenex Inc. reported that its commercialization partner, Alvogen launched Teriparatide Injection in the United States market for several uses, including in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis who are at high risk for having bone fractures.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Rising Research and Development Focus on Development of Biotechnology-Engineered Anti-cancer Drugs

      2. 4.2.2 Rapid Growth in the Usage of Pre-filled Syringes for Biologic Products

      3. 4.2.3 Increased Outsourcing Activities Across Value Chain Expected to Boost Supply of Injectable Products

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 High Expenses Associated with Inventory Management

      2. 4.3.2 Availability of Alternate Drug Delivery Methods

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Molecule Type

      1. 5.1.1 Small Molecule

      2. 5.1.2 Large Molecule

    2. 5.2 By Drug Class

      1. 5.2.1 Blood Factors

      2. 5.2.2 Cytokines

      3. 5.2.3 Peptide Hormone

      4. 5.2.4 Immunoglobulin

      5. 5.2.5 Monoclonal Antibodies (mAbs)

      6. 5.2.6 Other Drug Classes

    3. 5.3 By Application

      1. 5.3.1 Oncology

      2. 5.3.2 Neurology

      3. 5.3.3 Cardiovascular Diseases

      4. 5.3.4 Autoimmune Diseases

      5. 5.3.5 Infectious Diseases

      6. 5.3.6 Pain

      7. 5.3.7 Other Applications

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. South Korea

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Middle East and Africa

        1. GCC

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa

      5. 5.4.5 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Amgen Inc.

      2. 6.1.2 B. Braun Melsungen

      3. 6.1.3 Baxter International Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 Becton, Dickinson and Company

      5. 6.1.5 Eli Lilly and Company

      6. 6.1.6 Gilead Sciences Inc.

      7. 6.1.7 GlaxoSmithKline PLC

      8. 6.1.8 Johnson & Johnson

      9. 6.1.9 Merck & Co. Inc.

      10. 6.1.10 Novartis AG

      11. 6.1.11 Novo Nordisk A/S

      12. 6.1.12 Pfizer Inc.

      13. 6.1.13 Sanofi S.A.

      14. 6.1.14 Schott AG

      15. 6.1.15 Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Competitive Landscape covers- Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies and Recent Developments

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Injectable Drugs Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Global Injectable Drugs Market is growing at a CAGR of 11.1% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Novo Nordisk A/S, Amgen Inc., Gilead Sciences Inc., Baxter International are the major companies operating in Global Injectable Drugs Market.

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