Israel 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: Israel will continue to be targeted by multinational drugmakers as a destination for innovative drug sales; however, their relative success will be limited by funding constraints towards the country's health services basket and the lack of transparency with new drug inclusions. An uptick in economic growth and an increase to government funding supports our moderate growth outlook for Israel's pharmaceuticals and healthcare sectors over the coming years.

Headline Expenditure Projections

  • Pharmaceuticals: ILS7.82bn (USD2.01bn) in 2015 to ILS8.15bn (USD2.11bn) in 2016; +4.2% in local currency terms and +4.6% in US dollar terms. Forecast in line with Q316.

  • Healthcare: ILS88.95bn (USD22.90bn) in 2015 to ILS93.61bn (USD24.19bn) in 2016; +5.2% in local currency terms and +5.6% in US dollar terms. Forecast downgraded from Q316.

Headline Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Forecasts (Israel 2014-2020)
2014 2015 2016f 2017f 2018f 2019f 2020f
f = BMI forecast. Source: National Sources, BMI
Pharmaceutical sales, USDbn 2.100 2.010 2.110 2.230 2.420 2.520 2.620
Pharmaceutical sales, % of GDP 0.69 0.68 0.69 0.68 0.67 0.65 0.64
Pharmaceutical sales, % of health expenditure 8.8 8.8 8.7 8.6 8.4 8.3 8.1
Health spending, USDbn 23.760 22.900 24.190 26.020 28.690 30.450 32.380

Ri sk/Reward Index

The Israeli pharmaceutical sector boasts a number of key qualities. These include a largely urbanised population and a significant pensionable proportion. Although intellectual property (IP) laws are currently being made more robust, we highlight long drug approval times as a hindrance to multinational drugmakers' ability to maximise their returns in the market. In our Pharmaceutical Risk/Reward Index (RRI) for Q416, the country scores 55.0 out of 100. This now makes it the third most attractive market for pharmaceutical investment in the Middle East and Africa (MEA), behind the United Arab Emirates (61.1) and Saudi Arabia (60.4), out of 31 countries analysed.

Latest Updates

  • In July 2016, Kantar Health, a leading global healthcare consulting and market research firm, announced it would expand its presence in Israel to better partner with companies in the rapidly growing life sciences industry. Kantar Health will offer marketing insights and real-world evidence solutions to the local biotech, medical technology and mHealth companies that populate Israel's hub of healthcare innovation.

  • In August 2016, Novartis announced it would support the development of a non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) drug by its Israeli partner BioLineRx. The arrangement sees BioLineRx, which Novartis works with to scout opportunities in Israel, in-license the NASH asset under its R&D framework.

BMI Economic View

The Israeli government will maintain its expansionary stance over 2017-2018, as it seeks to reduce socio-economic disparities and support leading industries. Israel's budget deficit shrank to 2.1% of GDP in 2015, due to capped expenditures amid the government's failure to adopt a budget until November 2015. A pickup in government spending in 2016 and modest economic growth will result in a widening fiscal deficit in 2016, projected at 3.0% of GDP. Over 2017-2018, the government will target a very gradual reduction of the budget deficit, as it continues to support growth through tax cuts.

BMI Political View

As Palestinian political leadership continues to weaken, and with most factions of Israel's ruling coalition still opposed to a two-state solution, we do not envision any real progress in peace talks between the two sides anytime soon. With no prospect for resolution and a continued shortage of economic opportunities, the risk of a significant uptick in violence and social unrest will remain elevated over the coming years.

BMI Industry View
Table: Headline Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Forecasts (Israel 2014-2020)
SWOT Analysis
Industry Forecast
Pharmaceutical Market Forecast
Table: Pharmaceutical Sales, Historical Data And Forecasts (Israel 2012-2020)
Healthcare Market Forecast
Table: Healthcare Expenditure Trends, Historical Data And Forecasts (Israel 2012-2020)
Table: Government Healthcare Expenditure Trends, Historical Data And Forecasts (Israel 2012-2020)
Table: Private Healthcare Expenditure Trends, Historical Data And Forecasts (Israel 2012-2020)
Prescription Drug Market Forecast
Table: Prescription Drug Market Indicators, Historical Data And Forecasts (Israel 2012-2020)
Patented Drug Market Forecast
Table: Patented Drug Market Indicators, Historical Data And Forecasts (Israel 2012-2020)
Generic Drug Market Forecast
Table: Generic Drug Market Indicators, Historical Data And Forecasts (Israel 2012-2020)
OTC Medicine Market Forecast
Table: Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medicine Market Indicators, Historical Data And Forecasts (Israel 2012-2020)
Pharmaceutical Trade Forecast
Table: Pharmaceutical Trade Data And Forecasts (Israel 2014-2020)
Table: Pharmaceutical Trade Data And Forecasts local currency (Israel 2014-2020)
Industry Risk/Reward Index
Middle East and Africa Risk/Reward Index - Q3 2016
Israel Risk/Reward Index
Regulatory Review
Intellectual Property Issues
Pricing Regime
Table: Price Build-Up In The Israeli Pharmaceutical Market
Reimbursement Regime
Market Overview
Healthcare Sector
Table: Healthcare Resources (Israel 2010-2015)
Table: Healthcare Personnel (Israel 2010-2015)
Table: Healthcare Activity (Israel 2010-2015)
Research & Development
Table: Israel's R&D Legislation - Conditions For OCS Funding
Clinical Trials
Competitive Landscape
Research-Based Industry
Table: Multinational Pharmaceutical Company Activity
Pharmaceutical Distribution
Pharmaceutical Retail Sector
Company Profile
Dexcel Pharma
Neopharm Group
Perrigo (Agis Industries)
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
Demographic Forecast
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Israel 1990-2025)
Table: Key Population Ratios (Israel 1990-2025)
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Israel 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group (Israel 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group % (Israel 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 Israel 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 Israel Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Report provides industry professionals, strategists, company executives, investors, analysts and sales/marketing heads with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Israel pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.

Key Benefits

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