Hungary Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Report

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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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BMI View: The Hungarian healthcare sector will continue to face challenges which will limit the country's attractiveness to multinational pharmaceutical firms. Low wages, a rising disease burden and the migrant crisis have caused the healthcare system to be labelled as in a critical condition.

Headline Expenditure Projections

  • Pharmaceuticals: HUF660.80bn (USD2.37bn) in 2015 to HUF668.00bn (USD2.28bn) in 2016; +1.1% in local currency terms and -3.5% in US dollar terms. Forecast revised downwards from last quarter.

  • Healthcare: HUF2.43trn (USD8.70bn) in 2015 to HUF2.47trn (USD8.43bn) in 2016; +1.6% in local currency terms and -3.1% in US dollar terms. Forecast revised downwards from last quarter.

Headline Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Forecasts (Hungary 2014-2020)
2014 2015 2016f 2017f 2018f 2019f 2020f
f = BMI forecast. Source: WHO, National Sources, BMI
Pharmaceutical sales, USDbn 2.785 2.366 2.284 2.462 2.709 2.961 3.058
Pharmaceutical sales, % of GDP 2.03 2.04 1.99 1.92 1.87 1.82 1.79
Pharmaceutical sales, % of health expenditure 27.2 27.2 27.1 26.9 26.7 26.5 26.2
Health spending, USDbn 10.231 8.699 8.434 9.157 10.153 11.189 11.659

Risk/Reward Index

Hungary currently ranks third (up from the sixth position in the previous quarter) out of the 20 regional markets profiled in the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region, with a score of 59.1. While its Risks profile is generally predictable, Hungary's Rewards score has improved considerably due to favourable currency effects and our improving outlook for the country's pharmaceutical market.

Latest Updates

  • In November, Hungary-based drugmaker Gedeon Richter has posted a 21% y-o-y increase in net profit to HUF6.85bn (USD23.67mn) for Q315 versus Q314; revenue expanded 4.2% y-o-y to HUF92.6bn (USD320.55mn) in Q315. The results beat analysts' expectations for net profit and the performance was driven by strong sales in the EU and China which compensated for declines in the Russian market due to the sharp fall in the rouble. The company expects its full-year revenue to remain steady or decline by up to 2% compared with 2014 in euro terms.

  • A letter published on December 4 2015, signed by almost 800 doctors working in Hungary, lamenting the state of the country's healthcare system highlights some of the challenges facing the Hungarian healthcare sector. Within the letter the sector is described as in a 'critical condition', and an increase in the wages of medical professionals, which are lower than many other Eastern European countries, were demanded.

  • In January, Gedeon Richter has acquired from its partner, Rxmidas Pharmaceuticals Holdings, its outstanding 50% stake in Gedeon Richter Rxmidas Joint. Subsequent to the present acquisition, Richter now holds 100% of Gedeon Richter Rxmidas Joint Venture and consequently will be in full charge of its contraceptive and OTC business in China.

BMI Economic View

Hungary's current account surplus will remain among emerging Europe's largest in the coming years, as economic recovery in the eurozone boosts export demand and oil prices remain low. However, we expect the surplus to decline steadily in the coming years on the back of weaker global trade volumes, a modest rebound in commodity prices, and relatively strong domestic demand.

BMI Political View

Domestic support for the ruling Fidesz party will stay strong over the coming months, as the government's aggressive measures to keep out migrants prove to be effective. Moreover, a common stance on the migrant crisis will strengthen the position of the Visegrad Group in Europe.

BMI Industry View
Table: Headline Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Forecasts (Hungary 2014-2020)
Industry Forecast
Pharmaceutical Market Forecast
Table: Pharmaceutical Sales, Historical Data And Forecasts (Hungary 2012-2020)
Healthcare Market Forecast
Table: Healthcare Expenditure Trends, Historical Data And Forecasts (Hungary 2012-2020)
Table: Government Healthcare Expenditure Trends, Historical Data And Forecasts (Hungary 2012-2020)
Table: Private Healthcare Expenditure Trends, Historical Data And Forecasts (Hungary 2012-2020)
Prescription Drug Market
Table: Prescription Drug Market Indicators, Historical Data And Forecasts (Hungary 2012-2020)
Patented Drug Market Forecast
Table: Patented Drug Market Indicators, Historical Data And Forecasts (Hungary 2012-2020)
Generic Drug Market Forecast
Table: Generic Drug Market Indicators, Historical Data And Forecasts (Hungary 2012-2020)
OTC Medicine Market Forecast
Table: Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medicine Market Indicators, Historical Data And Forecasts (Hungary 2012-2020)
Pharmaceutical Trade Forecast
Table: Pharmaceutical Trade Data And Forecasts (Hungary 2014-2020)
Table: Pharmaceutical Trade Data And Forecasts local currency (Hungary 2014-2020)
Industry Risk Reward Index
Central And Eastern Europe Risk/Reward Index
Hungary Risk/Reward Index
Regulatory Review
Intellectual Property Issues
Pricing Regime
Table: OEP Reimbursement Changes, September 2014
Reimbursement Regime
Market Overview
Healthcare Sector
Table: Healthcare Resources (Hungary 2010-2015)
Table: Healthcare Personnel (Hungary 2010-2015)
Table: Healthcare Activity (Hungary 2010-2015)
Research & Development
Clinical Trials
Competitive Landscape
Research-Based Industry
Table: Multinational Market Activity
Generic Drugmakers
Pharmaceutical Distribution
Pharmaceutical Retail Sector
Company Profile
Egis Pharmaceuticals (Servier)
Gedeon Richter
Demographic Forecast
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Hungary 1990-2025)
Table: Key Population Ratios (Hungary 1990-2025)
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Hungary 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group (Hungary 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group % (Hungary 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 Hungary 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 Hungary Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Report provides industry professionals, strategists, company executives, investors, analysts and sales/marketing heads with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Hungary pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's pharmaceutical and healthcare market forecasts for Hungary, to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Hungarian pharmaceutical and healthcare market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in the Hungarian pharmaceutical and healthcare sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Hungary.
  • 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.