Australia Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Report

Providing expert analysis, independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the pharmaceuticals and healthcare industry.

Report includes: BMI Industry View, Industry SWOT Analysis, Industry Forecasts, BMI's Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Risk Reward Index, Market Summary, Economic Forecasts, Company Profiles and Competitive Landscape.

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Australia Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Report
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BMI View: As the Australian government continues to focus on cost containment while at the same time increasing the population's access to innovative medicines, companies will increasingly need to justify the price of their treatments by demonstrating their value to the broader healthcare system in improving the quality of life. This will need to be further substantiated by rigorous economic analysis which showcases a strong incremental product cost effectiveness ratio.

Headline Expenditure Projections

  • Pharmaceuticals : AUD14.0bn (USD10.5bn) in 2015 to AUD14.5bn (USD9.6bn) in 2016; +3.4% in local currency terms and -8.6% in US dollar terms, due to significant exchange rate fluctuations.

  • Healthcare: AUD157bn (USD118bn) in 2015 to AUD162bn (USD108bn) in 2016; +3.4% in local currency terms and -8.5% in US dollar terms, due to exchange rate fluctuations.

Headline Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Forecasts (2013-2019)
2013 2014 2015f 2016f 2017f 2018f 2019f
f = BMI forecast. Source: National Sources, The World Health Organization (WHO), BMI
Pharmaceutical sales, USDbn 12.501 12.150 10.349 9.107 9.302 9.932 10.176
Pharmaceutical sales, % of GDP 0.84 0.84 0.84 0.83 0.82 0.80 0.78
Pharmaceutical sales, % of health expenditure 8.8 8.9 8.9 8.9 8.9 8.8 8.7
Health spending, USDbn 141.776 136.846 116.176 102.309 105.037 113.100 117.154

Risk/Rewards Index

In Q216 Australia remains ranked as the third most attractive market to pharmaceutical investors in the Asia Pacific region (scoring 66 out of 100), after Japan (75.6) and ahead of South Korea (65.2). Australia's Risk/Reward Index score is driven by a relatively high drug spending per capita, a large pensionable population and robust population growth but dragged down by poor sector growth.

Latest Updates

  • In January 2016, the Australian Medical Association noted that the country's public healthcare system is coming under stress from reduced funding.

  • In December 2015, the government announced that AUD1bn (USD712mn) will be spent adding new hepatitis C treatments to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. New treatments include Harvoni (sofosbuvir and ledipasvir) and Daklinza (daclatasvir).

  • That same month, the Federal Health Department complained to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that the rise in price of Panadol Osteo (paracetamol) cannot be justified by changes to the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme which came into force in December 2015.

BMI Economic View

Fiscal consolidation will remain a challenge in Australia over the coming years owing to poor revenue collection and insufficient expenditure cutbacks despite the federal government's strong commitment to achieve a budget surplus. We are less optimistic than the Australian Treasury, forecasting the federal budget deficit as a proportion of GDP to come in at 2.1% in FY2016/17 (as compared with the government's forecast of 1.9%). Australia's government expenditure as a share of GDP is likely to remain elevated as the population ages, in turn compromising long-term growth as the private sector is crowded out.

BMI Political View

Malcolm Turnbull's appointment as Australia's 29th prime minister after ousting incumbent Tony Abbott in a snap leadership ballot conducted on September 14 is unlikely to improve the Liberal-National coalition's sliding popularity. Political uncertainty in the party is likely to continue for a considerable amount of time, as the margin of victory was narrow. Meanwhile, Labour remains in prime position to win the upcoming federal election (to be held by January 14 2017), which poses a key risk to the government's fiscal consolidation efforts.

BMI Industry View
Table: Headline Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Forecasts (2013-2019)
Industry Forecast
Pharmaceutical Market Forecast
Table: Pharmaceutical Sales, Historical Data And Forecasts (Australia 2011-2019)
Healthcare Market Forecast
Table: Selected Health Measures In Australia FY2015/16 Budget
Table: Healthcare Expenditure Trends, Historical Data And Forecasts (Australia 2011-2019)
Table: Government Healthcare Expenditure Trends, Historical Data And Forecasts (Australia 2011-2019)
Table: Private Healthcare Expenditure Trends, Historical Data And Forecasts (Australia 2011-2019)
Prescription Drug Market Forecast
Table: Prescription Drug Market Indicators, Historical Data And Forecasts (Australia 2011-2019)
Patented Drug Market Forecast
Table: Patented Drug Market Indicators, Historical Data And Forecasts (Australia 2011-2019)
Generic Drug Market Forecast
Table: Cost Of Selected Drugs Post-Price Disclosure, April 2013
Table: Generic Drug Market Indicators, Historical Data And Forecasts (Australia 2011-2019)
OTC Medicines Market Forecast
Table: Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medicine Market Indicators, Historical Data And Forecasts (Australia 2011-2019)
Pharmaceutical Trade Forecast
Table: Pharmaceutical Trade Data And Forecasts (Australia 2013-2019)
Table: Pharmaceutical Trade Data And Forecasts local currency (Australia 2013-2019)
Industry Risk Reward Index
Asia Pacific Risk/Reward Index
Australia Risk/Reward Index
Regulatory Review
Table: EU & ICH Guidelines Adopted In The TGA's Biosimilars Guidance Document
Intellectual Property Issues
Pricing & Reimbursement Regime
Table: Selected Drugs Undergoing SPD (AUD)
Table: Historical PBS Co-Payments
Table: New PBS Formularies
Market Overview
Healthcare Sector
Research And Development
Clinical Trials
Competitive Landscape
Research-Based Industry
Company Developments
Table: Multinational Market Activity
Pharmaceutical Distribution
Company Profile
Australian Pharmaceutical Industries
Mayne Pharma Group
Demographic Forecast
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Australia 1990-2025)
Table: Key Population Ratios (Australia 1990-2025)
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Australia 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group (Australia 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group % (Australia 1990-2025)
Pharmaceutical Expenditure Forecast Model
Healthcare Expenditure Forecast Model
Notes On Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Index Overview
Table: Pharmaceutical Risk/Reward Index Indicators
Indicator Weightings

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

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's pharmaceutical and healthcare market forecasts for Australia, to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Australian pharmaceutical and healthcare market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in the Australian pharmaceutical and healthcare sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Australia.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors using our company profiles (including SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity) and competitive landscape tables.


BMI Industry View

An at-a-glance perspective on the latest regulatory developments, key forecast indicators and major corporate developments, covering the prescription, OTC and generics markets. The pharmaceuticals and healthcare SWOT outlines strategic factors that affect the basic assumptions underpinning BMI’s forecast analysis, and taken together with BMI’s political, economic and business environment SWOTs, it gives a complete overview of market climate.

BMI Industry Forecast Scenario

Industry forecasts to end-2019 for all key indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecasts:

  • Healthcare: Total healthcare expenditure (USDbn), healthcare expenditure (% of GDP), healthcare expenditure per capita (USD), hospital beds, doctors, and birth & mortality rates (all per ‘000 population).
  • Pharmaceutical Market: Drug expenditure in USDbn, % of GDP and per capita (USD).
  • Patented Drug Market: Prescription drug sales (USDbn & % of total sales).
  • Generic Drug Market: Generic product sales (USDbn), generic sales (% of total sales).
  • OTC Drug Market: OTC sales (USDbn & % of total sales).
  • Macroeconomic Forecasts: Nominal and real GDP, % real GDP growth, % private consumption growth, % industrial output growth, % consumer price index, % GDP price deflator, exports, imports, trade balance, current account balance, foreign direct investment, exchange rate against USD, government expenditure and external debt.

BMI’s Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Index provides investors (both national and multinational) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of the market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Market Summary

A snapshot of key market characteristics, including total size of the pharmaceuticals and healthcare segments, growth drivers, leading therapeutic areas and the competitive landscape

Industry Developments

A focus on government healthcare reforms, epidemiological trends, mergers and acquisitions, product launches, market entries, FDI activity, R&D, biotechnology, clinical trials and supply chain issues.

Regulatory Regime

Details of the industry regulatory framework and key legislation covering the licensing of new products/services, pricing and reimbursements, intellectual property, taxation and advertising, as well as analysis of the overall regulatory burden.

Competitive Landscape

The competitive landscape section provides comparative company analyses and index by USD sales and % share of total sales – for the total pharmaceutical sector, as well as the OTC, generics and distribution sub-sectors.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate Company SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.