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Fine Chemicals: Growth Amid Pricing Pressure

1:46 PM MST | January 10, 2011

The global pharmaceutical industry is expected to grow 5%-7% in 2011, and sales will exceed $880 billion, consulting firm IMS Health (Norwalk, CT) says. “While the overall market will appear to rebound somewhat in 2011, the underlying constraints to growth in developed markets are stronger than ever, including the impact of major patent expiries and payer mechanisms to limit drug spending,” says Murray Aitken, senior v.p. at IMS Health. Products with combined sales of more than $30 billion/year face the prospect of competition from generic versions in the...

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