Off script: Reforms to the PBS have led firms to seek alternative revenue streams

Operators in the Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling industry 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.Changes to the industry's operating environment and ongoing reforms to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) have limited the industry's performance over the past five more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Falling unit prices have hindered the industry’s performance over the past five years
  • Regulated price deflation for PBS pharmaceuticals has limited industry revenue growth
  • Some industry players are forecast to boost margins through improved stock and logistics management
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Operators in the Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling industry distribute pharmaceutical products for human use and for veterinary purposes. Human-use pharmaceuticals are scheduled into one of 10 classes based on their perceived risk. The most common human-use pharmaceuticals distributed by the industry are unscheduled, Schedule 2 (pharmacy sale only), Schedule 3 (pharmacy sale only and must see a pharmacist) and Schedule 4 (pharmacy sale only with a prescription).The product portfolios of several industry participants have undergone fundamental changes over the past five years. These changes have been in line with the shifting industry backdrop, which has included ongoing regulatory changes. Ind...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Having links with suppliers
  • Financial support from a downstream activity
  • Having a clear market position
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Federal funding for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Demand from pharmacies in the Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling Industry?

    Industry companies wholesale pharmaceutical products, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and complementary or alternative medicines. Industry companies also wholesale 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
  • 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

    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 pharmacies
  • Population aged 50 and older
  • Health consciousness

  • Current Performance
  • Downward pressures
  • Profitability constraints
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Regulatory review
  • Ongoing PBS changes
  • Changing market conditions
  • Table: Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • General Hospitals
  • Supermarkets and Grocery Stores
  • Convenience Stores
  • Pharmacies

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Pharmaceutical Product Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • PBS pharmaceuticals
  • Other medications
  • Veterinary pharmaceuticals
  • Chart: Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Community pharmacies
  • Hospital pharmacies
  • Supermarkets and health food stores
  • Other markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation and other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Sigma Healthcare Limited, EBOS Group Limited, Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Limited,
  • 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 Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling 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 Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Community Service Obligation (Cso)
  • A patient-orientated model of distribution that ensures every pharmacy in Australia has access to PBS medicines from nominated wholesalers.
  • F1 Formulary
  • Single brand drugs listed on the PBS that are not considered interchangeable on an individual patient basis.
  • F2 Formulary
  • Drugs listed on the PBS for which there exists at least one alternative product considered to be clinically interchangeable. These drugs tend to be medicines where the patent has already expired.
  • Over-The-Counter (Otc) Drugs
  • These medications may be sold directly to consumers without a prescription.
  • Schedule 2
  • Pharmaceuticals sold only in pharmacies.
  • Schedule 3
  • Pharmaceuticals sold only by pharmacists.
  • Section 85 Medicines
  • General PBS medicines available in the community, as opposed to those distributed under special arrangements through PBS Section 100 programs.
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