Prescription pharmaceuticals are drugs that cannot be sold over-the-counter without a written directive from a licensed physician. The global pharmaceutical market was worth approximately $650 billion (at the manufacturer’s level). The market has continued its recovery from the economic downfall experienced in recent years. Sales for pharmaceuticals increased slightly The largest therapeutic areas in medicine are: cardiovascular disease and blood disorders, neuroscience, infection, cancer, respiratory and inflammation and others. The following reports provide market information for prescription pharmaceuticals.