Australia Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Report Q1 2015 - New Market Research Report

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Tue Dec 02 2014

The Australian government will continue to use drug price controls as a means to reduce healthcare expenditure. Our view is based on the government's runaway budget deficit and the inevitable increased demand for medicines as the population ages and incidence of long-term diseases rise. Consequently, government price controls will continue to present downside risk to drugmakers selling their products in Australia. The need to curb growing healthcare expenditure and high medicine prices will result in the government targeting medicine prices.

Headline Expenditure Projections

* Pharmaceuticals: AUD12.95bn (USD12.50bn) in 2013 to AUD13.48bn (USD12.40bn) in 2014; +4.0% in local currency terms and -0.8% in US dollar terms, due to significant exchange rate fluctuations. Forecast downgraded after taking into account new data for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme's expenditure.
* Healthcare: AUD142.16bn (USD137.18bn) in 2013 to AUD149.19bn (USD137.35bn) in 2014; +4.9% in local currency terms and 0.1% in US dollar terms, due to exchange rate fluctuations.

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Risk/Reward Rating

Australia's Pharmaceutical Risk/Reward Rating (RRR) score for Q115 increased to 67.0 out of the maximum 100 and kept third position within the region. In general, Australia scored above average for all indicators and sub-indicators. However, among the top five countries Australia and Hong Kong have the lowest Industry Rewards scores with 23.6 and 22.4 respectively. Australia's score is boosted by a relatively large pensionable population, a steadily growing population through immigration and high spending per capita second only to Japan, but dragged down by a declining pharmaceutical market.

Key Trends And Developments

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