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Argentina Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Report Q1 2008
Business Monitor International, March 2008, Pages: 73
The Argentina Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Report provides independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on Argentina's pharmaceuticals and healthcare industry.
At first glance, Argentina’s pharmaceutical market was one of the most dynamic in 2007, growing an estimated 12.0% year-on-year in dollar terms and 14.2% in local currency terms. BMI’s updated five year forecast through 2012 sees average annual dollar growth rate of 4.5% per annum in the total
pharmaceutical market. Statistics released in mid-2007 by the INDEC official statistics agency indicated the market was surging, with a reported 39.5% surge in Q107 combined domestic sales and exports, racking up a combined ARS1.769bn (US$574mn). Data for the first nine months of the year appeared more grounded, showing domestic production up a still robust 14.1% year-on-year. Part of this appears to be due to a weak performance in Q106, which pushed up the numbers a year later. But the numbers also gloss over more systematic problems facing the Argentine market.
Assuming they are reliable, the Q108 numbers reflect a 98% surge in exports and reflect above all the boosted production of domestic producers, who are benefiting from the relative weakness of the Argentine peso in international markets. Perhaps tellingly, a number of Argentine drugmakers are eyeing
projects abroad, including Laboratorios Bagó, which is reportedly investing up to US$10mn in a factory in Pakistan while Gador is looking at Southeast Asia. Amid a domestic environment of price controls and lax but slowly tightening intellectual property (IP) rules, local producers are diversifying their exposure. And while some multinationals, notably Sanofi Aventis, are particularly bullish on the local market, there is no rush by firms that exited the market during the 2002 financial crisis to re-establish a production presence. The less attractive reality of the market is reflected by Argentina’s ranking of eighth out of 10 in BMI’s new Business Environment Rankings for the Americas.
More optimistically, the victory of Christina Fernández de Kirchner in October 2007 elections should promise continuity. In mid-November, she unveiled a cabinet with seven of 11 ministers retaining their posts, while putting in a new Minister of Economy. The previous minister had been the focus of much
discontent from business, including the pharmaceutical industry, for his role in enforcing “voluntary” price controls and oversight of questionable data put out by INDEC, particularly regarding healthcare pricing. It is still too early to say if the new president will make a departure from the expansionary and interventionist economic policies of the previous government. But few believe it will.
The recent successes of local biotech group Biosidus aside, Argentina’s drug industry lags in terms of innovation, along with the country as a whole. A recent study by CEPAL measured Argentina’s research and development (R&D) investment at a mere 0.44% of GDP, less than half the per-capita spending of Brazil. This, like the catch-up growth in the pharmaceutical market, is a legacy of the 2002 crisis. Some two-thirds of R&D is from public bodies, with the private sector lagging. This reflects, perhaps, a surfeit of economic meddling but a lack of long-term incentives for industry, particularly a plan to wean local drugmakers off copy drugs and promote an internationally competitive true generics industry.
Argentina Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Industry SWOT
Argentina Political SWOT
Argentina Economical SWOT
Argentina Business Environment SWOT
Argentina: Business Environment Ranking
Table: Pharmaceutical Business Environment Indicators
Table: Business Environment Rankings
Business Environment Ranking
Limits to Potential Returns
Risks to Realising Returns
Argentina: Market Summary
Intellectual Property Environment
Table: Joint Declaration By Latin American Health Ministers, May 2006
Pricing & Reimbursement Issues
Table: Argentina’s Drug Price Freeze (2005-2007)
Other Regulatory Issues
Retail Pharmacy Sector
Multinational Sector Developments
Domestic Manufacturing Sector
Industry Forecast Sce
Overall Market Forecast
Table: Drug Market Indicators
Key Growth Factors – Industry
Key Growth Factors – Macroeconomic
Table: Argentina: Macroeconomic Data And Forecasts
Prescription Market Forecast
Table: Prescription Drug Market Indicators
Non-Prescription Market Forecast
Competitive Landscape – OTC Pharmaceuticals
Table: OTC Market Indicators
Generics Market Forecast
Table: Generics And Patented Market Indicators
Table: Import And Export Trade Indicators
Other Healthcare Data Forecasts
Table: Socio-Demographic Indicators
Key Risks To BMI’s Forecast Scenario
Profiles: Leading Foreign Companies
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Profiles: Indigenous Manufacturers
BMI Forecast Modelling .
How We Generate Our Industry Forecasts
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