Pharmaceutical global R&D was 7.9 percent of sales in 2010

Using industry assertions of R&D spending, pharmaceutical related R&D spending by the private sector was less than 8 percent of global sales in 2010.


These are the data:

2010 Global R&D by all private companies: – $67.4 billion
Source: Page 2 of the 2011 PhRMA industry profile

2010 Global sales – $856 billion
Source: IMS Health Market Prognosis, March 2011

R&D / Sales = 0.078738318

How much of the 7.9 percent invested in R&D is invested in the development of new products that are medically important? Given the small number of FDA priority NCE approvals, that number is significantly lower.