Indian market has witnessed double-digit growth
Pharmaceutical market showed a progressive growth of double digits for the second consecutive period in December 2013. The growth was reported to be of 11.3% at Rs 6,679 crore, as per the report published by pharma market research firm IMS health.
With the monthly growth recording a double digit figure in Novemeber and December, pacing annual total (MAT) market growth for the sector illustrated significant improvement, ending at 9.9% for 2013 and almost touching the double-digit mark. In November, the pharma market registered a 13.8% growth, according to IMS statistics.
Mr Kumar Hinduja, senior director, strategy planning and business development commented, "Pharma market has remained almost static during the second half of 2013, moving within a narrow range of Rs 6,700-6,900 crore. A sturdy seasonal thrust coupled with the dip during the last quarter of 2012, has helped the market recover in the last quarter of 2013, especially after the Drug Prices Control Order (DPCO) 2013 impact felt during Aug-Oct period."
Therapies which are closely linked to winter related ailments, have posted strong double digit growths (such as respiratory at over 18.7 percent, pain or analgesics at over 10.1 percent), resulting in acute therapies growing faster than chronic segment, for the second consecutive month.
Mr Hinduja further added that for the full year 2013, the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) segments which throw in about 17 per cent of the pharma market has revealed a decline of 1.1 per cent over the preceding year, rest of the market (non-NLEM segment) has grown at a healthy rate of 12.4 percent. Seasonal factor has also contributed to the healthy growth in December.