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Global medicine market — using invoice price levels — should be able to compound in the range of 3%-6% through 2025, touching ~$1.6 trillion in total market size in 2025. This figure excludes spending on COVID-19 vaccines, where total cumulative spending till 2025 is expected to the tune of $157 billion. Therefore, 2023 should be the best time to invest in renowned and top healthcare stocks. In developed countries, quicker adoption of new treatments, offset by patent lifecycles and competition from generics and biosimilars should act as critical factors affecting medicine spending together with growth. New brands should continue a historically high period of spending on novel medicines till 2025, similar in absolute spending to the previous 5 years.

Experts believe that immunology, oncology and neurology exhibit largest aggregate contributors to growth over upcoming 5 years, primarily from continued flow of new medicines which should be offset by losses of exclusivity. Two leading global therapy areas — oncology and immunology — should be able to compound at between 9%-12% through 2025, supported by significant increases in new treatments and medicine use. Investing in top healthcare stocks should help investors outpace overall sectoral growth. Oncology is expected to add 100 new treatments over next 5 years, contributing to a rise in spending of over $100 billion to total of more than $260 billion in 2025. 

With this in mind, let us now have a look at top healthcare stocks.

Top Healthcare Stocks to Buy Now

1. Eli Lilly and Company

2. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated

3. Johnson & Johnson

4. Novo Nordisk A/S

1. Eli Lilly and Company

Eli Lilly and company is a drug firm, which has its focus on neuroscience, endocrinology, cancer, and immunology. Key products of the company consist of Verzenio for cancer; Jardiance, Trulicity, Humalog, and Humulin for diabetes; and Taltz and Olumiant for immunology.

The company announced about successful completion of its acquisition of Versanis Bio. Acquisition has expanded the company’s portfolio to include Versanis’ lead asset, bimagrumab, that is currently being assessed in Phase 2b study alone and together with semaglutide in adults living with overweight or obesity. 

It has released its results for 2Q23, with revenue increasing 28% due to volume-driven growth from Mounjaro, Verzenio, Jardiance and Taltz, and $579.0 million from sale of rights for Baqsimi. If revenue from Baqsimi is excluded, and COVID-19 antibodies in 2022, revenue in 2Q23 went up by 22%. 

In 2Q23, its EPS went up by 86% to $1.95 on reported basis and increased 69% to $2.11 on non-GAAP basis, both inclusive of $0.43 of EPS which was associated with sale of rights for Baqsimi, and $0.09 of acquired IPR&D charges. Worldwide revenue came in at $8.31 billion in 2Q23, exhibiting a rise of 28% in comparison to 2Q22, supported by 29% rise in volume, slightly offset by 1% decline from unfavorable impact of FX rates.

Revenue guidance of the company was increased by $2.2 billion to between $33.4 billion – $33.9 billion. Approximately $1.5 billion of such rise was because of business development activity, which includes sales of rights for olanzapine portfolio, that closed in July 2023, and Baqsimi, with remainder exhibiting strong underlying business performance. EPS guidance of the company was increased to range of $9.20 to $9.40 on reported basis and $9.70 to $9.90 (non-GAAP basis).

2. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated

The company has been categorised as a largest private health insurers, providing medical benefits to 50 million members globally, which includes 5 million outside the U.S. at 2021 end. 

Revenues of the company came in at $92.9 billion, exhibiting a rise of 16% year-over-year, with earnings from operations increasing 13% and cash flows from operations touching $11.0 billion. Diverse health care capabilities and dedicated colleagues continue to enable the company to meet requirements of more people in more ways, supporting substantial growth and expanding its opportunities to serve well. 

Growth in 2Q23 was balanced throughout its businesses. Based upon 1H performance and durable growth and operating expectations, UnitedHealth Group Incorporated strengthened the range of full-year net earnings outlook to $23.45 to $23.75 per share and adjusted net earnings to between $24.70 to $25.00 per share.

3. Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson has been categorised as world’s largest and most diverse healthcare firm. The company carries out operations across 3 divisions i.e., pharmaceutical, medical devices and diagnostics, and consumer.

In 2Q23, its reported sales growth came at 6.3% to $25.5 Billion, with operational growth coming at 7.5% and adjusted operational growth at 6.2%. Operational growth excluding COVID-19 vaccine was at 8.9%. It has increased 2023 full-year guidance midpoints for adjusted operational sales, which excluded COVID-19 vaccine and adjusted operational EPS.

MedTech worldwide adjusted operational sales saw an increase of 9.9%, mainly because of electrophysiology products in Interventional Solutions, trauma in Orthopaedics, wound closure products in General Surgery, biosurgery in Advanced Surgery, along with contact lenses in Vision. Consumer Health worldwide adjusted operational sales saw an increase of 7.7%, mainly because of over-the-counter (OTC) products.

4. Novo Nordisk A/S

The company has been categorised as leading provider of diabetes-care products in world. Based in Denmark, it manufactures and markets a range of human and modern insulins, injectable diabetes treatments, and oral antidiabetic agents.

Its operating profit went up by 30% in Danish kroner and by 32% at constant exchange rates (CER) to DKK 48.9 billion. The company’s sales in North America Operations went up by 45% in Danish kroner (44% at CER). Sales in International Operations grew 14% in Danish kroner (17% at CER).

For 2023 outlook, the company expects sales and operating profit growth at CER to be 27-33% and 31-37%, respectively. Sales and operating profit growth reported in Danish kroner should be 6 and 9 percentage points lower than at CER, respectively.

Conclusion

Investors are required to note that investing in top healthcare stocks should be able to make sure that long-term impact on growth trends is more favourable. Neurology should see many new therapies, which includes novel migraine therapies, potential treatments for rare neurological diseases, and potential for therapies for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Revenue in pharmaceuticals market only should be able to reach US$1,115.00 billion in 2023.

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