See the latest facts and figures about the pharmaceutical industry in the UK here.

See the list of ABPI members here.

We represent companies who supply more than 80 per cent of all branded medicines used by the NHS and who are researching and developing the majority of the current medicines pipeline, ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of helping patients prevent and overcome disease.

Globally our industry is researching and developing more than 7,000 new medicines.

The ABPI is recognised by government as the industry body negotiating on behalf of the branded pharmaceutical industry for statutory consultation requirements including the pricing scheme for medicines in the UK.​​​​​​​

Our Life Sciences industry is world leading, making a major contribution to the UK's economic strength…

  • We run 5,500+ companies[1]
  • We directly employ 140,000 people[2]
  • For every 1 job we provide, we support 2.5 jobs elsewhere in the economy[2]
  • We contribute £30.4bn in GDP[2]
  • We spend the UK's most on R&D – £4.2bn[3]
  • Our manufacturers are 6x more productive than the UK average – £330,000 GVA[2]

Medicines are one of the greatest hopes we have for the future of human health, helping us live longer, helping us live better…

We have played our part in…

  • Increasing UK life expectancy by 10 years since the 1960s[4]
  • Doubling Cancer survival in the last 40 years[5]
  • Decreasing Heart Disease deaths by 75% since the 1960s[6]
  • Transforming HIV / AIDS into a chronic, manageable condition[7]
  • We are pioneering the development of more than 7,000+ new medicines globally[8]
    • 1,900+ for cancer
    • 1,250+ for infectious diseases
    • 1,000+ immune conditions
    • 550+ for heart disease
    • 500+ for mental health
    • 450+ for rare diseases
    • 400+ for diabetes
    • 200+ for HIV / AIDS


[1]​ Office for Life Sciences, Strength and Opportunity, 2015

[2] PwC UK, The Economic contribution of the UK Life Sciences industry , 2017

[3] ABPI / Clarivate, R&D Sourcebook, 2017

[4] World Bank, Life expectancy at birth, 2014

[5] Cancer Research UK, Cancer survival, 2017

[6] British Heart Foundation, BHF CVD Statistics Factsheet - UK, 2017

[7] Public Health England, HIV in the UK, 2016

[8] Adis, R&D Insight, 2016