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August, 2012

India's pharmaceutical sector is gaining its position as a global leader. The pharma market in India is expected to touch US$ 74 billion in sales by 2020 from the current US$ 11 billion, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report.

Growth of Indian pharma companies will be driven by the fastest growing molecules in the diabetes, skincare and eye care segment, as per a report by research firm, Credit Suisse. The market share of a drug company is directly related to the number of fast growing molecules in the company's pipeline, the report highlighted.

The Indian pharmaceutical market is poised to grow to US$ 55 billion by 2020 from the 2009 levels of US$ 12.6 billion, as per a McKinsey & Company report titled "India Pharma 2020: Propelling access and acceptance realising true potential". The industry further holds potential to reach US$ 70 billion, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17 per cent.

Sector Structure/ Market Size

The Indian pharmaceutical market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15.3 per cent during 2011-12 to 2013-14, according to a Barclays Capital Equity Research report on India Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals.

The outlook on the Indian pharmaceutical industry remains favourable, according to a report by ICRA and Moody's. Domestic formulation market stood at Rs 58,300 crore (US$ 10.54 billion) and has been ranked third in terms of volume and tenth in terms of value, globally. From 2011, trends are changing, MNCs are focusing on chronics, branded generics and launching patented products, besides expanding their field force and focusing on tier-II as well as tier-IV towns. Domestic market grew at 15 per cent, while pharma multinational companies (MNCs) revenue grew at 18.7 per cent.


India's exports of drugs, pharmaceutical and fine chemicals grew by 27 per cent to Rs 60,000 crore (US$ 10.85 billion) for the year ended March 2012, according to data compiled by Pharmaceutical Exports Council of India (Pharmexcil). Moreover, the size of the Indian formulations market, which currently stands at around Rs 62,000 crore (US$ 11.21 billion), is growing at 15-20 per cent annually.

"India-Brazil health and pharmaceutical collaboration holds the potential of being key contributor for assuring affordable healthcare for our people," as per Mr Anand Sharma, Union Minister for Commerce, Industry and Textiles. Mr Sharma further called for better understanding between the pharmaceutical regulatory regimes in the two countries.

The Export-Import (Exim) Bank of India has agreed to provide loans to fund the setting up of common infrastructure facilities at Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, which will help boost exports of medicine products from India.


India will see the largest number of merger and acquisitions (M&As) in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector, according to consulting firm Grant Thornton. A survey conducted across 100 companies has revealed that one-fourth of the respondents were optimistic about acquisitions in the pharmaceutical sector.

The cumulative drugs and pharmaceuticals sector attracted foreign direct investments (FDI) worth US$ 9,596 million between April 2000 to May 2012, according to the latest data published by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).


India tops the world in exporting generic medicines worth US$ 11 billion. Currently, the Indian pharmaceutical industry is one of the world's largest and most developed, according to Mr Srikant Kumar Jena, Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers.

Generics will continue to dominate the market while patent-protected products are likely to constitute 10 per cent of the pie till 2015, according to McKinsey report 'India Pharma 2015 - Unlocking the potential of Indian Pharmaceuticals market'. Hyderabad-based generic drug maker, Natco Pharma Ltd has launched a cheaper generic version of Bristol Myers Squibb's blood cancer drug Sprycel at a fraction of the innovator pricing. Natco launched Dasatinib at a pricing of Rs 9,000 (US$ 162.75) for a month's supply against Bristol pricing of around Rs 160,000 (US$ 2,893.31).

Multinational drug companies are showing a healthy growth in the Indian market setting a new trend. Out of 25 top medicine brands by sales last year, 13 were global drug major such as Pfizer, GSK and Novartis. Brand-building exercise is fast becoming more evident in a predominantly generic Indian medicine market, as per a market research entity AIOCD AWACS' report.