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India’s pharmaceuticals market to rocket in the next five years

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The pharmaceuticals market in India, valued at $20 billion last year, is set to soar to $55 billion by 2020, says research and consulting firm GlobalData.

This represents a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 22.4%.

According to the company’s latest report, India’s rapidly growing generics market is the primary driver of the nation’s pharmaceutical sector, with sales expected to soar by nearly 84% to $26.1 billion this year.

Generic drugs, with their low costs and easy accessibility, now dominate India’s pharmaceutical space, accounting for around 70% of the market.

"India supplies 20% of global generic medicines in terms of export volume, making the country the largest provider of generic medicines globally,” said Adam Dion, GlobalData’s Senior Industry Analyst.

"Indeed, Indian pharmaceutical companies are now exporting to countries like Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Russia and Japan, and, according to India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the nation’s pharmaceutical export segment has more than doubled from $7.8 billion in 2008 to $16.5 billion in 2014."

Biologic treatments

Another driver of India’s pharmaceutical sector is the potentially lucrative biosimilars market, which is expected to increase to $40 billion globally by 2020, as biologic treatments are introduced for diseases such as diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

“One company benefiting from its leading position in the biosimilars market is Dr Reddy’s, Mr Dion says.

In 2007, Dr Reddy’s was the first to launch a biosimilar version to Roche’s cancer drug rituximab (Rituxan), and has four other biosimilars on the market.

"The company’s drug characterization strategy and quality measures give Dr Reddy’s a significant competitive advantage that reduces the uncertainty of potential outcome differences when used in patients.”

Source: Global Data

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