"Drugmakers are finally getting more bang for their scientific buck, with the rate of return on pharmaceutical research and development (R&D) increasing for the first time since 2010."

"Overall R&D returns have improved to 5.5 percent this year from 5.1 percent in 2013, reflecting a modest uptick in productivity in company labs, according to the latest annual survey of the industry by Deloitte released on Wednesday."

"So far this year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which acts as gatekeeper to the world's biggest market, has approved 35 new products, up from 27 in the whole of 2013 and close to the bumper 39 cleared in 2012, the agency's website shows."

"The most successful of the 12 leading drugmakers assessed in the survey had an R&D return of 11.7 percent in 2014, while the worst-performing saw a negative return of 0.7 percent."

"The companies analysed in the study were Pfizer, Roche, Novartis, Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca , Merck & Co, Eli Lilly, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Takeda and Amgen."

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