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Hydroxychloroquine Sulphate Market Segmentation By Type (USP Standards Grade, EP Standards Grade, Pharmaceutical Standards Grade and Others); By Application (Rheumatoid Joint, Adolescent Chronic Joint, Discoid & Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Skin Lesions) – Industry Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2026

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Extensive insights into the Growth of Hydroxychloroquine Sulphate Market amidst COVID-19

Before we witness the stabilization of economic growth in Europe and North America, Asia Pacific is estimated to bounce back progressively with countries such as China, India, South Korea and Japan witnessing more opportunities to recover from the losses sustained during COVID-19.

Being the biggest market in Eastern Europe, Russia is estimated to take the lowest hit, offering a sigh of relief to the businesses operating in the country. Whereas, GCC is estimated to observe low investments due to the sliding prices of crude oil.

We evaluate the strategies and commitment of the Giant Players in the market towards creating products and services that customers value and rely on.

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Market Overview

Hydroxychloroquine sulfate, also known as hydroxychloroquine, is an antimalarial medication certified and approved for pharmaceutical use in the United States for the treatment and prevention of certain types of diseases such as malaria, systemic lupus erythematosus, and rheumatoid arthritis. The drug is sold under the name Plaquenil and is taken orally. The most common side effects of this medication include headache, vomiting, changes in eyesight, weakness in muscles, and serious allergic reactions. This medicine is listed on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines as it is the safest and most effective medicines required in every health system.

The market for hydroxychloroquine sulfate is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.7% during the forecast period, i.e, 2020-2026. The market is anticipated to attain a significantly high market value of USD 1,405.7 million by the end of 2026. The drug has been used as experiment to treat some patients infected by Covid-19 and it is identified as effective drug to a certain limit to treat Covid-19.

Growth Highlights based on Region during 2020-2026

On the basis of region, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa. Hydroxychloroquine sulphate market in Asia Pacific is anticipated to hold the leading share in the market on the back of rising research and development activities for the manufacture of this drug. Moreover, the favourable government policies in the region further promote the market growth, especially in countries such as China, India and Japan. In the Asia Pacific region, the market in China is predicted to hold the largest share in the global market by attaining a value of USD 305.0 million by 2026. The market in North America is anticipated to witness the highest share in the market with the largest market in the United States, which further is the projected to be the fastest growing market in the region at a CAGR of 6.3% during the forecast period. 

The study further incorporates Y-O-Y Growth, demand & supply and forecast future opportunity in North America (United States, Canada), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Rest of LATAM), Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, BENELUX [Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg], NORDIC [Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland], Poland, Russia, Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Rest of Asia-Pacific), Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC [Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman], North Africa, South Africa, Rest of Middle East and Africa). CLICK TO DOWNLOAD SAMPLE REPORT

Market Segmentation Synopsis

By Type

On the basis of type, the market is segmented into USP standard grade, EP standard grade, pharmaceutical standards grade and others, out of which, the segment for USP standards grade is anticipated to hold the largest share in the market with a market value of around USD 496.4 million by the end of 2026. Further, this segment is projected to grow with the highest growth rate over the forecast period. USP Standards Grade segment in global hydroxychloroquine Sulfate market is expected to create an incremental opportunity of USD 155.9 million during the forecast period. 

Hydroxychloroquine Sulphate Market

By Application

Based on the application segment, the market for hydroxychloroquine is segmented into rheumatoid joint, adolescent chronic joint, discoid & systemic lupus erythmatosus and skin lesions. Out of these, the segment for rheumatoid joint is anticipated to hold the leading share in the market on account of growing incidences of the disease all over the world. The segment for discoid & systemic lupus erythmatosus, on the other hand, is predicted to grow at the highest rate with a CAGR of 6.4% during the forecast period. This can be attributed to the increasing research and development activities in the market for finding a cure for the disorder.

Market Drivers and Challenges

Growth Indicators

According to a report by the United Nations, approximately 962 million people globally were aged above 60 years in 2017, which is expected to be double by the end of 2050. This population is highly likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated this population to be around 78 million citizens in the United States alone during the same period. This elevated the need for hydroxychloroquine sulfate drug to cure the condition; thereby boosting the market growth. Moreover, the numerous ongoing research and development activities which support the use of this chemical compound for the treatment of various other diseases are further predicted to boost the overall market demand for hydroxychloroquine across the globe during the upcoming years.


There are several substitutes for hydroxychloroquine available in the market, which can cure the conditions in a better way as compared to hydroxychloroquine sulfate, and with minimal side effects. This, in turn, decreases its demand in the market; thereby, hampering the overall growth of the global hydroxychloroquine sulfate market.

Competitive Landscape

Some of the affluent industry leaders in the global hydroxychloroquine sulphate market are Sandoz International Gmbh, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Mylan N.V., Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc, Ipca Laboratories Limited, Shanghai Pharmaceutical Group Co., Ltd., Jiangsu Shenhua Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Sanofi S.A., Taj Pharmaceuticals Limited and Cinkate Corporation.


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