Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling in Australia - Market Research Report

Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling industry trends (2014-2019)

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Operators in the Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling industry procure, distribute and sell a range of pharmaceutical and medicinal products. Pharmaceutical wholesalers are also an important link between local and international pharmaceutical manufacturers and Australia's community pharmacies. Products sold by the industry 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 years. Recent changes to the PBS, including compulsory price cuts to many generic and off-patent drugs, represent the most...
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Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling industry outlook (2019-2024)

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Revenue for the Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling industry is projected to increase at an annualised X.X% over the five years through XXX-XX, to $XX.X billion. The industry's shift towards a new business model focusing on non-PBS medicines and value-added products and professional services is anticipated to boost industry revenue over the next five years. The industry is also anticipated to target new markets over the period, such as the hospital pharmaceutical distribution market. However, challenging operating conditions will likely constrain industry growth over the period. According to the National Pharmaceutical Services Association (NPSA), the pharmaceutical wholesale sector faces several significant ongoing risks, such as the recent PBS reforms cre...
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Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling industry statistics

  • attach_money Market Size: $14bn
  • business Number of Businesses: 1,617
  • poll Average Industry Profit Margin: x.x%
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  • supervisor_account Industry Employment: 12,538

Biggest companies in the Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling industry

The companies holding the largest market share in the Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling in Australia industry include EBOS Group Limited, Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Limited and Sigma Healthcare Limited.

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What is Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling industry?

Industry Definition

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. Industry products are obtained from upstream manufacturers and distributed to hospitals, veterinarians and retail outlets, such as pharmacies and supermarkets.

Industry Products and Services

  • PBS pharmaceuticals
  • Other medications
  • Veterinary pharmaceuticals
  • All Others

Industry Activities

  • Prescription pharmaceuticals wholesaling
  • Pharmacy-only pharmaceuticals wholesaling
  • Over-the-counter pharmaceuticals wholesaling
  • Complementary or alternative medicines wholesaling
  • Veterinary pharmaceuticals wholesaling

Market research report - table of contents

Industry Definition

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. Industry products are obtained from upstream manufacturers and distributed to hospitals, veterinarians and retail outlets, such as pharmacies and supermarkets.

Main Activities

  • Prescription pharmaceuticals wholesaling
  • Pharmacy-only pharmaceuticals wholesaling
  • Over-the-counter pharmaceuticals wholesaling
  • Complementary or alternative medicines wholesaling
  • Veterinary pharmaceuticals wholesaling

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Additional Resources

Industry Statistics Snapshot

Industry Structure

Executive Summary

Key External Drivers

Pharmaceutical wholesalers are involved in distributing approximately 5,300 PBS listed brands. Ongoing government efforts to reduce PBS costs have affecte...
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Federal funding for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
Demand from pharmacies
Population aged 50 and older
Health consciousness

Current Performance

Industry challenges
Profitability constraints
 Chart: Revenue Growth

Industry Outlook

Changing market conditions
 Table: Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling in Australia - Market Research Report Industry Revenue Outlook

Industry Life Cycle

Life Cycle Reasons
 Chart: Benchmarking - Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling in Australia - Market Research Report Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

Supply Chain

Key Buying Industries

General Hospitals in Australia
Supermarkets and Grocery Stores in Australia
Convenience Stores in Australia
Pharmacies in Australia



Key Selling Industries

Pharmaceutical Product Manufacturing in Australia






Products & Services

Operators in the Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling industry distribute pharmaceutical products for human use and for veterinary purposes. Pharmaceuticals for hu...
Hospital pharmacies
Other markets
Supermarkets and health food stores



Demand Determinants

Demand for pharmaceutical products drives demand for the Pharmaceutical Wholesaling industry's services. General economic conditions, the age of the popul...
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Major Markets

Hospital pharmacies
Other markets
Supermarkets and health food stores




 Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling in Australia - Market Research Report Industry

International Trade

Business Locations

Chart: Business Locations by State Chart: Business Locations by State

Market Share Concentration

Market share concentration in the Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling industry is high. This high concentration reflects the dominance of the three largest full-l...
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Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

Profit, Purchases, Wages, Other Costs
 Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling in Australia - Market Research Report

Basis of Competition

Internal competition
External competition

Barriers to Entry

 Table: Barriers to Entry Checklist for the Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling in Australia - Market Research Report Industry

Industry Globalization

EBOS Group Limited is a New Zealand-based public company that generates revenue by manufacturing, wholesaling and distributing a range of healthcare, medi...
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EBOS Group

 Table: EBOS Group - financial performance

API

 Table: API - financial performance

Sigma Healthcare

 Table: Sigma Healthcare - financial performance

Capital Intensity

The Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling industry displays low capital intensity, according with trends in the general wholesale division. For every dollar spent o...
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 Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling in Australia - Market Research Report Industry
 Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

Technology & Systems

Revenue Volatility

Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

Regulation & Policy

Industry Assistance

Table: Industry data Table: Industry Data for the Pharmaceuticals Wholesaling in Australia Industry

Industry Revenue (2007-2026)
Industry Gross Product (2007-2026)
Establishments (2007-2026)
Businesses (2007-2026)
Employment (2007-2026)
Exports (2007-2026)
Imports (2007-2026)
Wages (2007-2026)
Domestic Demand (2007-2026)

Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data

Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Dat Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data

Table: Industry Financial Ratios Table: Industry Financial Ratios

Liquidity Ratios
Coverage Ratios
Leverage Ratios
Operating Ratios
Cash Flow & Debt Service Ratios (% of Sales)
Assets, %
Liabilities, %

COMMUNITY SERVICE OBLIGATION (CSO)

F1 FORMULARY

F2 FORMULARY

OVER-THE-COUNTER (OTC) DRUGS

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  • Revenue Forecasts
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  • Historical and Forecast Growth
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  • Industry Major Players
    Industry Major Players
  • Profitability Analysis
    Profitability Analysis
  • SWOT Analysis
    SWOT Analysis
  • Industry Trends
    Industry Trends
  • Industry Operating Conditions
    Industry Operating Conditions
  • Porter's 5 Forces Analysis
    Porter's 5 Forces Analysis

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