New Report Available: South Africa Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Report Q1 2015

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Wed Jan 28 2015

A cooling economy, rising unemployment and a worsening consumer outlook will limit the South African pharmaceutical market 's potential in the short term. However, the government's commitment to an expansive fiscal policy, particularly to spending on healthcare infrastructure and general healthcare expenditure, will support continued growth in the sector over the next five years.

Headline Expenditure Projections

* Pharmaceuticals: ZAR34.01bn (USD3.52bn) in 2013 to ZAR38.13bn (USD3.53bn) in 2014; +12.1% in local currency terms and +0.2% in US dollar terms. Forecast revised upwards from Q414.
* Healthcare: ZAR301.49bn (USD31.24bn) in 2013 to ZAR326.66bn (USD30.25bn) in 2014; +8.3% in local currency terms and -3.2% in US dollar terms. Forecast revised slightly downwards from Q414.

Risk/Reward Index

South Africa has longer-term commercial potential because of its sizeable population and disease burden. South Africa is one of the most promising markets in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. South Africa's score in Q115 is 56.2, ranking it fourth in the MEA region.

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Key Trends And Developments

* In November 2014 a subsidiary of Cardiome Pharma entered into an agreement with Pharmacare, which trades as Aspen Pharmacare and is a part of the Aspen Group, to sell and distribute Brinavess (vernakalant intravenous) exclusively in South Africa. Under the terms of the agreement, Aspen has agreed to specific annual commercial goals for Brinavess. Financial details of the agreement have not been disclosed.
* In October, patients, doctors and members of civil society met with government experts to plot a course for quickly reforming South Africa's patent laws in order to improve access to affordable essential medicines. The National Summit on Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines in Pretoria was organised by TAC, which is leading the 'Fix the Patent Laws' coalition of 13 civil society organisations.
* In October, the Department of Trade and...

The South Africa 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 South Africa Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Report provides industry professionals, strategists, company executives, investors, analysts and sales/marketing heads with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the South Africa pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.

Key Benefits

* Benchmark BMI's pharmaceutical and healthcare market forecasts for South Africa, to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the South African pharmaceutical and healthcare market.

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