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Pharmaceutical Wholesaling in the UK: Market Research Report

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Pharmaceutical Wholesaling Market Research Report | SIC G46.460 | Nov 2016

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IBISWorld’s Pharmaceutical Wholesaling market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
AAH Pharmaceuticals Ltd AAH Pharmaceuticals Ltd market share
Alliance Boots plc Alliance Boots plc market share
Phoenix Healthcare Distribution Ltd Phoenix Healthcare Distribution Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • The ageing of the UK population has supported industry revenue growth in recent years
  • The industry has continued to consolidate due to intensifying competition
  • Prescription volumes are forecast to rise, but pressures on household spending will restrict growth
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The industry has undergone considerable change over the past five years, with participants facing many challenges. One key development has been the move away from the traditional wholesale model. An increasing number of upstream manufacturers have adopted new distribution models that involve just one or a very limited number of wholesalers in the distribution of their branded pharmaceuticals. Moves to rationalise the use of wholesalers represent a fundamental change in the industry. Operators also had to contend with continued structural changes taking place within key market segments, which are a result of the partial deregulation of community pharmacies that came into effect in 2005... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The Pharmaceutical Wholesaling industry is in the mature phase of its life cycle. As is evident within its European and US counterparts, the industry is subject to an ongoing consolidation process as its operating environment continues to develop in line with the dramatic changes occurring within the pharmaceutical supply chain. With upstream manufacturers and downstream markets transforming the supply chain and pushing out the middleman, wholesalers are facing a wide array of challenges. In addition, the industry is contending with intense competitive pressures, which is indicative of a mature industry.

Over the decade through 2021-22, industry valued added, which measures the industry's contribution to GDP, is anticipated to increase at a compound annual rate of 0.8%. Mea.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Pharmaceutical Wholesaling Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Pharmaceutical Wholesaling Industry are

  • Having links with suppliers
  • Having a clear market position
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from dispensing chemists and NHS prescriptions volume in the Pharmaceutical Wholesaling industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Pharmaceutical Wholesaling Industry?

    This industry covers businesses that wholesale pharmaceuticals or medical goods. These are distributed to pharmacies, specialist retailers, hospitals, doctors and other specialist medical practitioners.

    Industry Products
    Other productsPrescription medicineMedical products, therapeutic appliances and equipment
    Industry Activities
    Pharmaceutical wholesalingMedical goods wholesaling

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from dispensing chemists
  • NHS prescriptions volume
  • Population aged 65 years and over
  • Real household disposable income
  • Current Performance
  • Key developments
  • Parallel trade
  • Consolidation activity
  • Profitability falls
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand drivers
  • Strategic changes
  • Profitability under pressure
  • Table: Pharmaceutical Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Pharmaceutical Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Dispensing Chemists
  • Medical & Orthopaedic Supplies Retailers
  • Hospitals
  • General Medical Practices
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Basic Pharmaceutical Product Manufacturing
  • Medical & Dental Instrument Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Prescription medicine
  • Medical products, therapeutic appliances and equipment
  • Other products
  • Chart: Pharmaceutical Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Community pharmacies
  • Hospitals
  • Dispensing medical practitioners
  • Other health-care industries
  • Other markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Pharmaceutical Wholesaling Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Pharmaceutical Wholesaling
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Pharmaceutical Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc
    AAH Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    Phoenix Healthcare Distribution Ltd
  • Table: Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc - financial performance
  • Table: AAH Pharmaceuticals Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Phoenix Healthcare Distribution Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Pharmaceutical Wholesaling Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Pharmaceutical Wholesaling Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Full-Line Wholesaler
  • A wholesaler that is able to supply the entire range of medicines.
  • Over-The-Counter (Otc) Medicines
  • Products sold without the need for a prescription.
  • Parallel Import
  • A non-counterfeit product imported from another country without the permission of the intellectual property owner.
  • Patent Cliff
  • The term patent cliff refers to the phenomenon of patent expiration dates and an abrupt drop in sales that follows for a group of products.
  • Prescription-Only Medicines
  • Medicines that must be prescribed by a general practitioner, nurse, dentist or other health-care professional. In some instances, they are classed as controlled drugs.
  • Short-Line Wholesaler
  • A wholesaler that concentrates on a restricted range of products.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A trend whereby the wholesaler is bypassed in the supply chain, such as when retailers purchase directly from the manufacturer.

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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Pharmaceutical Wholesaling market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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