New Market Study Published: Iran Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Report Q3 2014

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Fri Jul 04 2014

BMI continues to adjust its forecasts for Iran's pharmaceutical market to account for the sanction-induced currency crisis and high rates of inflation. The rapid depreciation of the rial means that we expect the value of the market to contract sharply in US dollar terms. On a positive note, improved international relations have reduced the political risk associated with operating in the market for multinational drugmakers .

Headline Expenditure Projections

* Pharmaceuticals: IRR44,216bn (USD2.46bn) in 2013 to IRR51,750bn (USD1.72bn) in 2014; +17.0% in local currency terms and -29.9% in US dollar terms.

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* Healthcare: IRR404,091bn (USD12.25bn) in 2013 to IRR488,404bn (USD16.28bn) in 2014; +20.9% in local currency terms and +33.0% in US dollar terms.

Risk/Reward Rating

BMI's appraisal of Iran's business environment was broadly unchanged in Q314, with a score of 42.7 out of 100. The country rose one place in the regional rankings to 14th out of 30 countries in the Middle East and Africa region in Q314. Its overall score is broadly on a par with the regional average of 42.4. Generally speaking, Iran benefits from a large and growing population and relatively widespread access to healthcare services. However, its regulatory regime - including intellectual property (IP) rights, political and economic situation - is highly questionable.

Key Trends And Developments

* In March 2014, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani launched a medical insurance plan, called RouhaniCare, to insure five million of the 12mn Iranians who cannot afford premiums. The Financial Times reported Rouhani saying: 'The first step will be taken in the next Iranian calendar year starting on March 21 to gradually bring everyone under medical insurance coverage and lower peoples' share of medical cost.' Health experts have welcomed Rouhani's insurance plan, but say the high costs for patients have been compounded by the near bankruptcy of the country's 555 state hospitals, which provide most...

The Iran Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s forecasts for drugs and healthcare expenditure and imports and exports, focusing on the growth outlook for the prescription, OTC, patented drugs and generics market segments.

BMI's Iran Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Report provides industry professionals, strategists, company executives, investors, analysts and sales/marketing heads with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Iranian pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.

Key Benefits

* Benchmark BMI's independent pharmaceutical and healthcare industry forecasts for Iran to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Iranian pharmaceutical and healthcare market.

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