Changing the script: PBS reforms have forced industry players to diversify their revenue base

The Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Pharmaceutical wholesalers are an important link between local and international pharmaceutical manufacturers and Australia's community pharmacies. Pharmaceutical wholesalers procure, distribute and sell a range of pharmaceutical and medicinal products. These products include prescription medicines, pharmacy-only medicines, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, other healthcare products and veterinary pharmaceuticals.

The performance of the Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling industry over the past five years has been subdued, in line with changes to the industry's operating environment and the ongoing reforms to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)...

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Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

The Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling industry has high concentration. This reflects the dominance of the three full-line wholesalers, which are estimated to account for about three quarters of industry revenue.

In the case of the prescription pharmaceutical product segment, concentration is even higher, with the three major players (full-line wholesalers) accounting for over 80% of total prescription pharmaceutical sales. This high market share concentration is partly a result of regulations governing Community Service Obligation funding that require wholesalers to meet defined standards. PBS medicine wholesalers must be able to deliver pharmaceuticals to any pharmacy in a specified timeframe at (or below) an approved price.
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Industry Products

What is the Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling Industry?

The industry is made up of companies that wholesale pharmaceutical products, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and complementary or alternative medicines. It also includes companies involved in wholesaling veterinary drugs and medicines. The products are obtained from upstream manufacturers and distributed to hospitals, veterinarians and retail outlets, such as pharmacies and supermarkets.

Industry Products
PBS pharmaceuticals
All other medications
Veterinary pharmaceuticals
Industry Activities
Prescription pharmaceuticals wholesaling
Pharmacy-only pharmaceuticals wholesaling
Over-the-counter pharmaceuticals wholesaling
Complementary or alternative medicines wholesaling
Veterinary pharmaceuticals wholesaling

Table of Contents

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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