Some of the world's key drugs will lose patent protection over the next three years
Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) August 06, 2012
The Pharmaceutical Product Manufacturing industry is an important component of the pharmaceutical sector. IBISWorld anticipates that the industry will generate revenue of $9.58 billion in 2012-13, up marginally (0.4%) from $9.46 billion in 2007-08. This will equate to an annualised growth rate of just 0.3% over the five years through 2012-13. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Arna Richardson, “While the industry is a net importer, with imported product satisfying about two-thirds of domestic demand, it is also one of Australia's largest high-technology exporters”. In the near term, the industry is expected to continue its gradual transformation process in view of slight revenue growth, declining research and development (R&D) productivity, increasing competitive pressures and rising safety concerns. Continued global industry rationalisation may also have implications for the level of pharmaceutical manufacturing and R&D undertaken in Australia.
The industry will continue to be affected by the expiration of patent protection of some of the world's key drugs between 2011 and 2015, including the world's largest selling drug Lipitor, for which patent protection expired in late 2011. “The pressure for change will escalate as major players lose exclusive manufacturing rights to some of the most profitable drugs in history,” Richardson says. This will result in the adoption of new business models, as industry participants seek to evolve in order to ensure their continued survival. Over the five years through 2017-18, industry revenue is expected to grow despite the effects of patent expirations.
The major global pharmaceutical groups dominate the local industry, although only a small number are engaged in secondary or actives manufacture (active pharmaceutical ingredients), with an increasing number involved in just the later stages of the manufacturing process such as dispensing and packaging, and the fill and finish stage. A large number of players also restrict their activities in Australia purely to distribution. The Pharmaceutical Product Manufacturing industry in Australia is deemed to have a medium level of market share concentration. This partly reflects the number of mergers that have occurred in recent years. Given the highly globalised nature of the industry, concentration will continue to rise gradually, in line with the increasing concentration levels on the world stage. The top four players are Pfizer Australia Holdings, GlaxoSmithKline Holdings, AstraZeneca and Sanofi-Aventis Australia.
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The Pharmaceutical Product Manufacturing industry comprises companies that manufacture various medicinal and pharmaceutical products, including drugs, medicines (including herbal medicines), medicinal chemicals as well as nappies and feminine hygiene products. Industry products are then either distributed by the manufacturer or via wholesalers to hospitals, pharmacies and other retail outlets such as supermarkets.
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