The global pharmacovigilance market size was valued at USD 6.97 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.5% from 2022 to 2030. An increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases such as oncological diseases, diabetes, and cardiovascular and respiratory disorders has led to an increase in drug consumption worldwide. Therefore, the demand for new drug development via extensive clinical trials has increased. Pharmacovigilance (PV) is the inevitable part of drug discovery and development procedures. The increasing incidence of Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) is expected to accelerate the demand for PV services.
The market is positively impacted by the COVD-19 pandemic. The evolving threat of COVID-19 infection is affecting businesses, communities, industries, and lives around the world. However, safety reporting and medical monitoring are necessary as several potential therapies are being used to treat a coronavirus-induced infection. Medications like Remdesivir and other old drugs, such as Lopinavir/Ritonavir and hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), are being repurposed to treat coronavirus infection. The chances of suspected ADRs for some of these medicines have already been submitted to the individual case safety reports database named VigiBase managed by UMC. This shows the increased demand for PV services during the pandemic.
The pandemic has also resulted in the global disruption of traditional onsite clinical trials. Hence, the global regulatory bodies are actively fast-tracking clinical trials for the development of innovative solutions. One such instance is Solidarity, an international clinical trial launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) to find effective treatment against COVID-19. Increasing R&D and rising adoption of new technologies in clinical research are further contributing to the market growth. For instance, the incorporation of virtual services in the clinical trial protocol by market players such as IQVIA and PRA Health Sciences is anticipated to propel the demand in the coming years.
The presence of a competitive environment for introducing new molecules in the market has led to high demand for improved manufacturing operations, pharmacovigilance, clinical data management, streamlined R&D, and medical writing. Manufacturers are rapidly considering outsourcing as a viable cost curbing tool. Outsourcing helps increase internal resource flexibility, improve timelines, and gain better outcomes in the short- and long term. It also helps achieve better pharmacovigilance through regulatory compliance, higher quality, better productivity, and improved strategic decisions.
Moreover, regulatory mandates on clinical trial conduct and post-marketing vigilance are expected to spur the demand for PV services in the coming years. For instance, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) formulate regulatory guidelines for all phases of clinical trials. The advancements in the development of ADR databases and information systems enabled reporting accurate information, which can be further utilized by research professionals for prospective studies, thereby fueling the overall demand.
Contract outsourcing held the largest share of over 55.0% in 2021 and is expected to witness the fastest growth in the forthcoming years. The growth can be attributed to the benefits associated with outsourcing such as risk mitigation, resource flexibility, reduction of upfront investments, and lower fixed cost. Contract outsourcing organizations provide solutions such as process design Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), PV audits, and other customized services.
The dynamic growth of the contract outsourcing segment can also be attributed to the rapidly emerging CROs providing end-to-end clinical trial solutions, especially in the emerging economies of Asia Pacific, such as India, China, and Japan, enabling resources sharing, cost efficiency, resource flexibility, and the expansion of operative capabilities. Outsourcing PV services are accompanied by benefits such as delivering services pertinent to highly complex regulatory requirements, helping to add scalability to accommodate growing product portfolios, and helping achieve aggressive cost targets.
Contract outsourcing also helps reduce the complexity of clinical trials, allows faster approval of trials, and helps effective utilization of internal resources. The in-house segment is anticipated to witness moderate growth over the forecast period as a consequence of extensive R&D for the development of new drugs by major pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies. This is expected to serve this industry with growth potential in the forthcoming years.
The phase IV (post-marketing) segment led the overall market with a revenue share of over 75.0% in 2021. These solutions act as an additional safety measure for the drugs undergoing clinical trials. Phase IV is an imperative stage of clinical trials as unsuspected adverse drug reactions can be detected in this stage. Therefore, the data collected and assessed during this stage is expected to be of the highest relevance, attributed to intensive drug testing on a large demographics patient base of the highest relevance after commercialization of the drug.
The phase III segment is expected to witness lucrative growth over the forecast period. Phase III trials are done to determine and establish the efficacy of drugs. These trials also provide additional information regarding possible drug interactions, drug safety, and effectiveness before the commercialization of the drug. The aforementioned factors are expected to drive revenue generation in the segment over the forecast period.
Spontaneous reporting held the largest share of over 30.0% in 2021 owing to wide usage in the detection of new, serious, and rare ADRs and serves as an efficient and inexpensive method. The wide usage of surveillance reports generated through this method by pharmaceutical industries and regulatory authorities is also responsible for the significant growth of the segment.
Cohort Event Monitoring (CEM) emerged as the second-largest segment in 2021 owing to the increasing application in the detection of a wide range of adverse clinical events. Conjugation of CEM with statistical tools and data mining systems such as longitudinal health records are responsible for the growing popularity of this type. It serves as an active form of surveillance method, which can also be used for new as well as older medicines, thereby driving the segment.
Targeted spontaneous reporting is projected to be the fastest-growing segment over the forecast period owing to the rising government initiatives to incorporate reporting methodologies other than spontaneous reporting by the European Network of Centers for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance (ENCePP). Moreover, the benefits associated with targeted spontaneous reporting such as lower labor costs, greater affordability, feasibility in poor resource settings, and usage in routine monitoring are expected to fuel the market growth.
Electronic Health Record (EHR) mining is increasingly used to identify risk factors for patients after discharge from hospitals. Electronic health records are imperative sources of medical information about clinical events in hospitals and research organizations. The benefits associated with EHR, such as improved quality of care, clinical decision-making, automated access, and improvement of clinical workflow and patient management are anticipated to fuel the segment growth over the forecast period.
The oncology segment held the largest revenue share of over 25.0% in 2021. Monitoring the safety of cancer drugs is very important due to the associated side effects, which is propelling the demand for pharmacovigilance services. The drugs mostly have intrinsic biological toxicity and a narrow therapeutic window, which can lead to serious adverse reactions in the body. The increasing incidence of cancer resulted in accelerated R&D and clinical research.
Pharmacovigilance helps in the early detection and spontaneous reporting of adverse drug reactions. Moreover, recent advancements in cancer treatments, such as targeted therapy, have some serious adverse effects and can compromise a patient’s quality of life. For instance, monoclonal antibodies were listed among the top 10 entries for spontaneous ADR reports with around 406,352 records from 2014 till 2018. Likewise, according to the article published by BMC informatics in 2019, in the U.S. alone, serious ADRs contributed to more than 100,000 deaths each year and resulted in a major health concern in the past decade. Constantly changing reporting systems and emerging technology in pharmacovigilance are driving the segment.
Signal detection dominated the market with a revenue share of over 35.0% in 2021. Spontaneous Reporting Systems (SRSs) use the dominant source of signals through which the suspected cases get voluntarily reported by the healthcare professionals to the other regulatory bodies. Accurate signal detection depends on various factors such as knowledge of databases, quality data, and tools designed to summarize, visualize, and evaluate the data.
Nowadays, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and big data are being used by companies for better assessment of signals. The case data management segment is expected to exhibit the fastest growth rate over the forecast period. The adverse event information can be generated from various modes such as post-marketing programs, clinical trials, spontaneous reports, and literature.
In 2021, pharmaceuticals held the largest revenue share of over 40.0% in terms of revenue. Outsourcing the pharmacovigilance process is practiced by pharma companies to avoid high upfront investments and fixed overhead costs, increase resource flexibility, and secure additional capacity. Outsourcing pharmacovigilance proves to be a cost-effective endeavor for small and medium-sized companies.
The biotechnology segment is anticipated to witness lucrative growth in the forthcoming years owing to increasing new product development activities in this sector. In recent years, drugs are being developed and consumed at increasingly high rates. The use of drugs over longer periods by a large population can lead to adverse effects not seen in clinical trials. For instance, Vioxx (an osteoarthritic/ acute pain medication) and Avandia (an anti-diabetic) were marketed for some time before a pattern of safety problems was detected with their use. The growing need for medical information by the regulatory authorities is also anticipated to fuel the growth of this segment.
North America held the largest revenue share of over 30.0% in 2021 owing to the presence of key pharmaceutical and medical devices players, contributing to the overall revenue in this region. The rising level of drug abuse and associated adverse drug reactions is a leading cause of morbidity and death. This acts as a high growth rendering factor for the market in North America. Rising investment in novel drug development by major players is also anticipated to propel regional market growth. Consequentially, as a result of the large production of drugs, the number of clinical trials and the need for post-marketing surveillance have increased, thereby contributing to the overall growth.
Asia Pacific is expected to register the fastest CAGR of 12.1% during the forecast period owing to the availability of various outsourcing organizations. Consequentially, there is improved productivity, cost efficiency, and resource sharing that is anticipated to propel the regional demand for pharmacovigilance in the forthcoming years. Furthermore, increasing awareness among patients, rising investments, and supportive government initiatives for meeting the requirements of the population are the factors driving the regional market.
The market is witnessing a significant boost owing to the patent expiration of branded drugs and the increasing number of new drug developments. This has attracted several local and international pharmacovigilance service providers. The presence of a competitive milieu has led to improved clinical data management and has streamlined the R&D process.
The market is competitive with key participants involved in continuous product development, collaborations, partnerships, and alliances to augment market penetration. For instance, in December 2019, Accenture and UCB announced the collaboration to accelerate data processing and help in improving patient safety, thereby widening their businesses in the respective markets. The rising number of Contract Research Organizations (CROs) and increased demand for outsourcing services are expected to further fuel the competition in the near future. Some prominent players in the global pharmacovigilance market include:
Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings
TAKE Solutions Ltd.
PAREXEL International Corporation
United BioSource Corporation
Market size value in 2022
USD 7.80 billion
Revenue forecast in 2030
USD 17.36 billion
CAGR of 10.5% from 2022 to 2030
Base year for estimation
2017 - 2020
2022 - 2030
Revenue in USD million & CAGR from 2022 to 2030
Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Service provider, product life cycle, type, process flow, therapeutic area, end-use, region
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; MEA
U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; Russia; Japan; China; India; Brazil; Mexico; South Africa; Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Key companies profiled
Accenture; Linical Accelovance; Cognizant; Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings; IBM Corporation; ArisGlobal; ICON plc.; Capgemini; ITClinical; FMD K&L; IQVIA; TAKE Solutions Ltd.; PAREXEL International Corporation; BioClinica Inc.; Wipro Ltd.; United BioSource Corporation
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This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2030. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global pharmacovigilance market report on the basis of service provider, product life cycle, type, process flow, therapeutic area, end-use, and region:
Service Provider Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
Product Life Cycle Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
Intensified ADR Reporting
Targeted Spontaneous Reporting
Cohort Event Monitoring
Process Flow Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
Case Data Management
Case Data Analysis
Medical Reviewing & Reporting
Adverse Event Logging
Adverse Event Analysis
Adverse Event Review & Reporting
Risk Management System
Risk Evaluation System
Risk Mitigation System
Therapeutic Area Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
Medical Device Manufacturers
Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
Middle East and Africa
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
b. The global pharmacovigilance market size was estimated at USD 6.97 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach USD 7.80 billion in 2022.
b. The global pharmacovigilance market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 10.5% from 2022 to 2030 to reach USD 17.36 billion by 2030.
b. North America dominated the pharmacovigilance market with a share of 33.64% in 2021. This is attributable to the presence of key pharmaceutical & medical device players and investment in novel drug development by them in this region.
b. Some key players operating in the pharmacovigilance market include Accenture; Linical Accelovance; Cognizant; Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings; IBM Corporation; ArisGlobal; ICON plc.; Capgemini; ITClinical; FMD K&L; IQVIA; TAKE Solutions Ltd.; PAREXEL International Corporation; BioClinica Inc.; Wipro Ltd.; and United BioSource Corporation.
b. Key factors that are driving the pharmacovigilance market growth include an increase in drug consumption rate around the world and thereby the prevalence of ADRs. The rising level of drug abuse and associated adverse drug reactions is a leading cause of morbidity and death. This acts as a high growth rendering factor for the pharmacovigilance market.
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