Over-the-counter: Firms have focused on front-of-store sales due to falling dispensary revenue

The Pharmacies industry plays an important role in community primary health care. Retail pharmacies are the primary distribution points for prescription and scheduled over-the-counter medicines. Intensifying retail competition from new internal and external operators, such as discount pharmacies and supermarkets, has changed the industry's operating landscape. The industry has become increasingly polarised between small, high-service pharmacies that offer allied preventative and primary healthcare services and large, high-volume, low-margin pharmacies that compete on price. The recent entry of Ramsay Health Care, Australia's largest private hospital operator, into the community pharmacy sector has also changed the industry's operating backdrop...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Intensifying retail competition has changed the industry’s operating landscape
  • Ongoing PBS price disclosure reforms have significantly influenced industry operations
  • Industry operators will diversify revenue streams as they move towards service-based models
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The geographic distribution of the Pharmacies industry reflects the nation's economic, social and demographic breakdown. As at June 2018, the three eastern seaboard states accounted for 76.5% of total approved community pharmacy numbers. These three states also account for a similar proportion of employed community pharmacists.The largest growth in industry establishments has occurred in Victoria. Data provided by the Department of Human Services shows that over the five years through 2017-18, an additional net 330 pharmacies were established across the industry, 99 of which were in Victoria. A further 76 pharmacies were established in New South Wales, and 62 in Queensland. In 2018-19, just under 84% of pharmacies are expected to be in urban areas. As ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Pharmacies Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Pharmacies are:

  • Membership of joint marketing/distribution operations
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Production of goods currently favoured by the market
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Federal funding for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Demand from supermarket and grocery stores in the Pharmacies industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Pharmacies Industry?

    The industry includes all community or retail pharmacies that sell prescription drugs and patent medicines to general consumers. Industry firms source medicines either from pharmaceutical wholesalers or directly from upstream pharmaceutical manufacturers. Key pharmacy groups include independent community pharmacies, banner groups, friendly societies, buying groups and discount pharmacies. Hospital pharmacies and online-only pharmacies are not included in the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Prescription medicines
  • Scheduled non-prescription medicines
  • General retail
  • Industry Activities
  • Drug retailing
  • Patent medicine retailing
  • Pharmacy retailing and operation
  • Prescription and non-prescription medicine dispensing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Federal funding for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
  • Demand from supermarket and grocery stores
  • Population aged 50 and older
  • Real household disposable income
  • Demand from department stores

  • Current Performance
  • Ongoing PBS reforms
  • Profit pressures
  • Intensifying competition
  • Industry consolidation pressures
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Government reviews
  • Increasing competition
  • Continued profit pressures
  • Table: Pharmacies Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Pharmacies Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers
  • Aged Care Residential Services

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Cosmetics and Toiletry Wholesaling
  • Cosmetics, Perfume and Toiletries Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical Product Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Prescription medicines
  • General retail
  • Scheduled non-prescription medicines
  • Chart: Pharmacies Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 45 to 64
  • All other consumers
  • Consumers aged 65 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Pharmacies Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Pharmacies

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Pharmacies Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    My Chemist Retail Group, Sigma Healthcare Limited, EBOS Group Limited, Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Limited,
  • Table: My Chemist Retail Group - financial performance
  • Table: Sigma Healthcare Limited - financial performance
  • Table: EBOS Group Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Pharmacies Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Pharmacies Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Banner Groups
  • Groupings of individually owned stores formed to provide operational support and undertake joint advertising and promotions.
  • General Sales Medicines (Gsm)
  • Unscheduled medicines that can be sold outside of a pharmacy.
  • Schedule 2 Pharmacy Medicines
  • Non-prescription medicines that can only be sold by a pharmacy.
  • Schedule 3 Pharmacist-Only Medicines
  • Non-prescription medicines that can only be sold through a pharmacy under pharmacist advice.
  • Section 90 Approved Pharmacies
  • Pharmacies authorised to supply PBS medicines under Section 90 of the National Health Act 1953.
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    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
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