The Economic Contribution of the Pharmaceuticals Sector in Northern Ireland

The pharmaceutical sector is critical to the life sciences ecosystem in Northern Ireland, and the economy as a whole.

This is recognised in a wide range of government strategies including New Decade, New Approach, the Rebuilding a Stronger Economy recovery plan and in the wider economic vision for innovation, the 10X Economy Strategy, where Life and Health Sciences is identified as a priority cluster in Northern Ireland.

As the Northern Ireland economy continues its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, the government is now looking further ahead and implementing frameworks that aim to put Northern Ireland in a stronger position to withstand crises like the current one in the future.

The report was commissioned in June 2021 by The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) Northern Ireland.


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