Ireland 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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BMI View: A significant increase in Ireland ' s 2017 health budget will support the increasing demand for medical treatment. However, cost control measures targeting pharmaceutical spending and the relatively small drug market will continue to tarnish Ireland ' s market appeal to drugmakers. Meanwhile, active support from the Irish government, a skilled workforce and the well-developed export base will ensure that pharmaceutical investment in R&D and manufacturing capacity in Ireland remain robust in the years ahead.

Headline Expenditure Projections

  • Pharmaceuticals: EUR2.32bn (USD2.57bn) in 2015 to EUR2.28bn (USD2.44bn) in 2016; -1.8% in local currency terms and -5.3% in US dollar terms. Forecast in line in local currency terms and revised downwards in US dollar terms from last quarter.

  • Healthcare: EUR15.09bn (USD16.73bn) in 2015 to EUR15.49bn (USD16.57bn) in 2016; +2.7% in local currency terms and -1.0% in US dollar terms. Forecast in line in local currency terms and revised downwards in US dollar terms from last quarter.

Headline Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Forecasts (Ireland 2014-2020)
2014 2015 2016f 2017f 2018f 2019f 2020f
f = BMI forecast. Source: WHO, National sources, BMI
Pharmaceutical sales, USDbn 3.158 2.573 2.437 2.360 2.281 2.238 2.255
Pharmaceutical sales, % of GDP 1.26 1.08 1.01 0.95 0.89 0.85 0.80
Pharmaceutical sales, % of health expenditure 16.2 15.4 14.7 14.1 13.6 13.2 12.9
Health spending, USDbn 19.521 16.732 16.572 16.722 16.730 16.920 17.482

Risk/Reward Index

In Q117, we have revised upwards Ireland's Risk Reward Index (RRI) score to 63.0 from 61.0 previously (out of 100). The score revision was driven by higher Industry Rewards indices. Ireland shifted up one ranking position to 13th out of 15 countries in Western Europe in terms of market attractiveness to pharmaceutical investors. Ireland's score is driven by high spending per capita on medicine and low industry and country risks but is dragged down by a small market size as well as the effects of cost control measures targeting pharmaceutical and health spending.

Latest Updates

  • As of information reported in October 2016, Ireland's health budget for 2017 will see an increase of almost EUR1bn (USD1.1bn) compared to the previous year, equating to a 7.4% rise to EUR14.6bn (EUR15.9bn).

  • In October 2016, Carrick Therapeutics, which is building an innovative portfolio of first-in-class treatments for cancer, secured USD95mn funding from ARCH Venture Partners and Woodford Investment Management with participation from Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds, Cambridge Innovation Capital, Evotec, GV (Google Ventures), and Lightstone Venture.

  • Also in October 2016, Mallinckrodt opened new offices in the College Business and Technology Park in Blanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland. Additionally, the firm has announced the creation of a new EUR10mn (USD11.2mn) R&D facility at the location.

  • GE Pharmaceuticals is to invest EUR150mn (USD167.5mn) in a new biopharmaceutical manufacturing campus on Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Ireland's strategic site at Loughbeg, Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, as of October 2016.

  • In August 2016, Flamel Technologies received shareholder approval to reincorporate its country of domicile to Ireland from France via a cross-border merger.

BMI Economic View

Ireland's economy will remain one of the EU's best performers over the next decade, even if current rates of extremely fast economic expansion are unlikely to last.

BMI Political View

The confidence and supply agreement between Ireland's ruling minority Fine Gael-Independent coalition and Fianna Fail means that the sustainability of the government will be fragile. Nevertheless, we believe that the current government will serve its term at least until its official performance assessment in September 2018.

BMI Industry View
Table: Headline Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Forecasts (Ireland 2014-2020)
Industry Forecast
Pharmaceutical Market Forecast
Table: Pharmaceutical Sales, Historical Data And Forecasts (Ireland 2012-2020)
Healthcare Market Forecast
Table: Healthcare Expenditure Trends, Historical Data And Forecasts (Ireland 2012-2020)
Table: Government Healthcare Expenditure Trends, Historical Data And Forecasts (Ireland 2012-2020)
Table: Private Healthcare Expenditure Trends, Historical Data And Forecasts (Ireland 2012-2020)
Prescription Drug Market Forecast
Table: Prescription Drug Market Indicators, Historical Data And Forecasts (Ireland 2012-2020)
OTC Medicine Market Forecast
Table: Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medicine Market Indicators, Historical Data And Forecasts (Ireland 2012-2020)
Pharmaceutical Trade Forecast
Table: Top 15 Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Export Companies In 2013
Table: Pharmaceutical Trade Data And Forecasts (Ireland 2014-2020)
Table: Pharmaceutical Trade Data And Forecasts local currency (Ireland 2014-2020)
Industry Risk/Reward Index
Western Europe Risk/Reward Index
Ireland Risk/Reward Index
Regulatory Review
Pricing Regime
Reimbursement Regime
Market Overview
Healthcare Sector
Table: Health Status
Table: Healthcare Funding
Table: Healthcare Resources (Ireland 2010-2015)
Table: Healthcare Personnel (Ireland 2010-2015)
Table: Healthcare Activity (Ireland 2010-2015)
Research & Development
Clinical Trials
Competitive Landscape
Research-Based Industry
Table: Multinational Market Activity
Table: Pharmaceutical Companies In Ireland
Generic Drugmakers
Pharmaceutical Distribution
Demographic Forecast
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Ireland 1990-2025)
Table: Key Population Ratios (Ireland 1990-2025)
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Ireland 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group (Ireland 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group % (Ireland 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 Ireland 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 Ireland Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Report provides industry professionals, strategists, company executives, investors, analysts and sales/marketing heads with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Ireland pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.

Key Benefits

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