Saudi Arabia Pharma Market Set to Hit $6 Billion by 2020

July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016

The pharmaceutical market in Saudi Arabia is set to grow from $4.5 billion in 2015 to $6 billion by 2020, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

The company’s latest report states that Saudi Arabia is one of the largest pharmaceutical markets in the Middle East, and its impressive expansion can be attributed to a growing population, rising wealth levels, and demand for patented pharmaceutical products.

Saudi Arabia is planning one of the largest healthcare expansions in the world, with the Ministry of Health planning to spend $18.5 billion annually over the next 10 years. Its investment plan is to improve domestic manufacturing of medical devices and pharmaceuticals.

GlobalData analyst Adam Dion commented: "Due to the increase of chronic diseases and Saudi Arabia’s rising wealth, there is a huge demand for patented products, representing a significant opportunity for market players."

He added: “Domestic pharmaceutical manufacturers, which account for only 18% of the market at present, face challenges from the increasing prevalence of low-cost generics and the entrance of global pharma giants such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Astellas, and Sanofi."

GlobalData’s report states that government expenditure on health services and social development was $20.8 billion in 2015, an increase of 10.1% over 2014.This was directed towards the construction of new hospitals and reference laboratories for blood banks, medical centers and polyclinics, as well as social development projects, such as sport clubs and rehabilitation centers.

CountryFocus: Healthcare, Regulatory and Reimbursement Landscape - Saudi Arabia