Topical Drug Delivery Market Report Scope & Overview:

The Topical Drug Delivery Market Size was valued at USD 225.73 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 449.79 billion by 2030 and grow at a CAGR of  9% over the forecast period 2023-2030.

The distribution of medications through topical routes such as the skin, mucosa, or cavities in the body is referred to as topical drug delivery. These are used locally to avoid the drug's first-pass effect or for site-specific activity. Creams, foams, lotions, gels, ointments, and other drugs are included.

Topical Drug Delivery Market Revenue Analysis

Get more information on Topical Drug Delivery Market - Request Sample Report

A topical mode of delivery provides advantages such as site-specificity, elimination of variations in drug levels, greater suitability for self-medication, and improved compliance. The pharmacological response of a drug, both the desired therapeutic effect and the undesirable adverse consequence, is determined by the concentration of the drug at the site of action, which is determined by the dose form and the amount of drug absorption at the site of action.



  • The use of topical prescription medication for dry eye disorders is extremely common.

  • Transdermal patches are replacing traditional needle injections.


  • Topical medicines cause chronic skin irritation and allergies.

  • Preference for alternate drug delivery methods


  • Self-administration and home care are becoming increasingly popular.

  • Biologics are delivered transdermally and Cosmetic industry uses topical vehicles


  • Topical preparations for medicines with low plasma concentrations

  • The incidence of medicine failures and product recalls is increasing.


During the COVID-19 pandemic wave, self-medication was a frequent tendency for drug consumption. Many treatment facilities and single doctor clinics were closed as a result of the epidemic, depriving the general public of timely medical aid. The pandemic has prompted people to self-medicate. The most often utilised therapeutic techniques for self-medication were topical corticosteroids. Anti-acne preparations, corticosteroids, combos (corticosteroids, antibiotics, and antifungals), moisturisers, and barrier creams were the most commonly utilised topical medications. Self-medication has increased demand for over-the-counter and topical medications, which has benefited the topical drug delivery business.

One of the most common symptoms of COVID-19 was a runny nose, cold, and cough. Nasal sprays were beneficial in relieving nasal congestion during COVID-19. Amcyte Pharma, for example, introduced its Nasitrol nasal spray (topical solution) for sinus irrigation. The nasal cavity and rhino pharynx were the primary sites of SARS-CoV-2 propagation. The spray is designed to lower viral load in the upper respiratory tract, stopping viruses from multiplying and migrating into the lungs. This increase in nasal sprays that can decrease viral load during COVID-19 has raised demand for topical sprays and foams used to treat virus-induced nasal congestion.

The topical medication delivery market is divided into semi-solid formulations, liquid formulations, solid formulations, and transdermal products based on product. The semi-solid formulations segment held the greatest market share in 2021. This segment's substantial share is related to the applicability of APIs with low density, which are more stable in atmospheric conditions than liquid and solid forms, and the rise in personalised medicine due to their unique composition and increased absorptive capabilities. These dose forms are not dehydrating and have no effect on skin function.

The market is divided into five sections based on the method of administration: cutaneous, ophthalmic, rectal, vaginal, and nasal drug delivery. The dermal drug delivery market segment's large share can be attributed largely to pain-free self-administration for patients, which is advantageous for drugs with shorter half-lives or narrow therapeutic indices, as well as the elimination of frequent administration of drugs and plasma level peaks and valleys associated with oral dosing and injections to maintain a constant drug concentration.

The market is divided into home care settings, hospitals & clinics, burn centres, and other facilities based on the facility of usage. The high proportion of home care settings can be ascribed to benefits for long-term therapy, greater convenience over inpatient care, and improvements in medical adherence and treatment outcomes. Other key factors impacting the growth of the home care settings sector are the world's growing geriatric population and the growing requirement for self-administration of pharmaceuticals.


by Product

  • Semi-Solid Formulations

  • Liquid Formulations

  • Solid Formulations

  • Transdermal Products

by Route of Administration

  • Dermal Drug Delivery

  • Ophthalmic Drug Delivery

  • Rectal Drug Delivery

  • Vaginal Drug Delivery

  • Nasal Drug Delivery

by Facility of Use

  • Home Care Settings

  • Hospitals & Clinics

  • Burn Centers

  • Other Facilities

Topical Drug Delivery Market Segmentation Analysis

Need any customization research on Topical Drug Delivery Market - Enquiry Now


North America led the topical drug delivery market, followed by Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. The rising prevalence of target health conditions, the increasing preference for pain-free drug delivery solutions, the rising prevalence of skin diseases, an increasing number of smokers worldwide, rising advancements in transdermal patches, and the high demand for drugs that can be self-administered all contribute to North America's large share.


  • North America

    • USA

    • Canada

    • Mexico

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • UK

    • France

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • The Netherlands

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

    • Japan

    • south Korea

    • China

    • India

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • The Middle East & Africa

    • Israel

    • UAE

    • South Africa

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

  • Latin America

    • Brazil

    • Argentina

    • Rest of Latin America


The Major players are Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., Crescita Therapeutics Inc., MedPharm Group Ltd., 3M Company, Bayer AG, Novartis AG, Janssen Global Services, LLC, and Cipla, Galderma S.A., GlaxoSmithKline plc. and other players.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc-Company Financial Analysis

Company Landscape Analysis

Topical Drug Delivery Market Report Scope:

Report Attributes Details
Market Size in 2022 US$ 225.73 Billion
Market Size by 2030 US$ 449.79 Billion
CAGR CAGR of 9% From 2023 to 2030
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2023-2030
Historical Data 2020-2021
Report Scope & Coverage Market Size, Segments Analysis, Competitive  Landscape, Regional Analysis, DROC & SWOT Analysis, Forecast Outlook
Key Segments • by Facility of Use (Homecare setting, Hospitals, Burn Centres)
• by Solids(Suppositories)
• by Liquids(Solutions), Transdermal products)
• by Route(Dermal, Ophthalmic)
• by Type (Semi-solids (Creams, Gels, Lotions)
Regional Analysis/Coverage North America (USA, Canada, Mexico), Europe
(Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands,
Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (Japan, South Korea,
China, India, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific), The
Middle East & Africa (Israel, UAE, South Africa,
Rest of Middle East & Africa), Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
Company Profiles Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., Crescita Therapeutics Inc., MedPharm Group Ltd., 3M Company, Bayer AG, Novartis AG, Janssen Global Services, LLC, and Cipla, Galderma S.A., GlaxoSmithKline plc.
Key Drivers • Transdermal patches are replacing traditional needle injections.
RESTRAINTS • Topical medicines cause chronic skin irritation and allergies.
• Preference for alternate drug delivery methods.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ans: The market share of the Topical Drug Delivery Market in 2022 is US$ 225.73 Billion.

Ans: The CAGR of the Topical Drug Delivery Market is 9% over the forecast period 2023-2030.

Ans: The major players in the market are Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., Crescita Therapeutics Inc., MedPharm Group Ltd., 3M Company, Bayer AG, Novartis AG, Janssen Global Services, LLC, and Cipla, Galderma S.A., GlaxoSmithKline plc., and others in the final report.

Ans: North America region is dominating the Topical Drug Delivery Market.

  • The use of topical prescription medication for dry eye disorders is extremely common.

  • Transdermal patches are replacing traditional needle injections.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

1.1 Market Definition

1.2 Scope

1.3 Research Assumptions

2. Research Methodology

3. Market Dynamics

3.1 Drivers

3.2 Restraints

3.3 Opportunities

3.4 Challenges

4. Impact Analysis

4.1 COVID-19 Impact Analysis

4.2 Impact of Ukraine- Russia war

4.3 Impact of ongoing Recession

4.3.1 Introduction

4.3.2 Impact on major economies US Canada Germany France United Kingdom China Japan South Korea Rest of the World

5. Value Chain Analysis

6. Porter’s 5 forces model

7.  PEST Analysis

8.Global Topical Drug Delivery Market, by Product

8.1 Semi-Solid Formulations

8.2 Liquid Formulations

8.3 Solid Formulations

8.4 Transdermal Products

9.Global Topical Drug Delivery Market, by Route of Administration

9.1 Dermal Drug Delivery

9.2 Ophthalmic Drug Delivery

9.3 Rectal Drug Delivery

9.4 Vaginal Drug Delivery

9.5 Nasal Drug Delivery

10.Global Topical Drug Delivery Market, by Facility of Use

10.1 Home Care Settings

10.2 Hospitals & Clinics

10.3 Burn Centers

10.4 Other Facilities

11. Regional Analysis

11.1 Introduction

11.2 North America

11.2.1 USA

11.2.2 Canada

11.2.3 Mexico

11.3 Europe

11.3.1 Germany

11.3.2 UK

11.3.3 France

11.3.4 Italy

11.3.5 Spain

11.3.6 The Netherlands

11.3.7 Rest of Europe

11.4 Asia-Pacific

11.4.1 Japan

11.4.2 South Korea

11.4.3 China

11.4.4 India

11.4.5 Australia

11.4.6 Rest of Asia-Pacific

11.5 The Middle East & Africa

11.5.1 Israel

11.5.2 UAE

11.5.3 South Africa

11.5.4 Rest

11.6 Latin America

11.6.1 Brazil

11.6.2 Argentina

11.6.3 Rest of Latin America

12.Company Profiles


12.1.1 Financial

12.1.2 Products/ Services Offered

12.1.3 SWOT Analysis

12.1.4 The SNS view

12.2 L3Harris Technologies Inc.

12.3 Rapiscan Systems

12.4 Smiths Detection Inc.

12.5 Teledyne e2v

12.6 3DX-RAY

12.7 Astrophysics Inc.

12.8 Autoclear

12.9 Leidos

12.10 Nuctech Company Limited

13. Competitive Landscape

13.1 Competitive Benchmarking

13.2 Market Share Analysis

13.3 Recent Developments

14. Conclusion

An accurate research report requires proper strategizing as well as implementation. There are multiple factors involved in the completion of good and accurate research report and selecting the best methodology to compete the research is the toughest part. Since the research reports we provide play a crucial role in any company’s decision-making process, therefore we at SNS Insider always believe that we should choose the best method which gives us results closer to reality. This allows us to reach at a stage wherein we can provide our clients best and accurate investment to output ratio.

Each report that we prepare takes a timeframe of 350-400 business hours for production. Starting from the selection of titles through a couple of in-depth brain storming session to the final QC process before uploading our titles on our website we dedicate around 350 working hours. The titles are selected based on their current market cap and the foreseen CAGR and growth.


The 5 steps process:

Step 1: Secondary Research:

Secondary Research or Desk Research is as the name suggests is a research process wherein, we collect data through the readily available information. In this process we use various paid and unpaid databases which our team has access to and gather data through the same. This includes examining of listed companies’ annual reports, Journals, SEC filling etc. Apart from this our team has access to various associations across the globe across different industries. Lastly, we have exchange relationships with various university as well as individual libraries.

Secondary Research

Step 2: Primary Research

When we talk about primary research, it is a type of study in which the researchers collect relevant data samples directly, rather than relying on previously collected data.  This type of research is focused on gaining content specific facts that can be sued to solve specific problems. Since the collected data is fresh and first hand therefore it makes the study more accurate and genuine.

We at SNS Insider have divided Primary Research into 2 parts.

Part 1 wherein we interview the KOLs of major players as well as the upcoming ones across various geographic regions. This allows us to have their view over the market scenario and acts as an important tool to come closer to the accurate market numbers. As many as 45 paid and unpaid primary interviews are taken from both the demand and supply side of the industry to make sure we land at an accurate judgement and analysis of the market.

This step involves the triangulation of data wherein our team analyses the interview transcripts, online survey responses and observation of on filed participants. The below mentioned chart should give a better understanding of the part 1 of the primary interview.

Primary Research

Part 2: In this part of primary research the data collected via secondary research and the part 1 of the primary research is validated with the interviews from individual consultants and subject matter experts.

Consultants are those set of people who have at least 12 years of experience and expertise within the industry whereas Subject Matter Experts are those with at least 15 years of experience behind their back within the same space. The data with the help of two main processes i.e., FGDs (Focused Group Discussions) and IDs (Individual Discussions). This gives us a 3rd party nonbiased primary view of the market scenario making it a more dependable one while collation of the data pointers.

Step 3: Data Bank Validation

Once all the information is collected via primary and secondary sources, we run that information for data validation. At our intelligence centre our research heads track a lot of information related to the market which includes the quarterly reports, the daily stock prices, and other relevant information. Our data bank server gets updated every fortnight and that is how the information which we collected using our primary and secondary information is revalidated in real time.

Data Bank Validation

Step 4: QA/QC Process

After all the data collection and validation our team does a final level of quality check and quality assurance to get rid of any unwanted or undesired mistakes. This might include but not limited to getting rid of the any typos, duplication of numbers or missing of any important information. The people involved in this process include technical content writers, research heads and graphics people. Once this process is completed the title gets uploader on our platform for our clients to read it.

Step 5: Final QC/QA Process:

This is the last process and comes when the client has ordered the study. In this process a final QA/QC is done before the study is emailed to the client. Since we believe in giving our clients a good experience of our research studies, therefore, to make sure that we do not lack at our end in any way humanly possible we do a final round of quality check and then dispatch the study to the client.

Start a Conversation

Hi! Click one of our member below to chat on Phone