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Market Report, "Vietnam Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Report Q2 2011", published

New Healthcare research report from Business Monitor International is now available from Fast Market Research

PRLog - Apr. 29, 2011 - Vietnam's pharmaceutical market was calculated to have been worth US$1.71bn in 2010 at consumer  prices. Over the forecast period to 2015, BMI expects pharmaceutical consumption to reach US$3.56bn,  equating to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.6% in local currency, or 15.8% in US dollars.  According to the Drug Administration of Vietnam (DAV), drug expenditure in the country will top  US$2bn by 2012. Inflation, however, will be a major factor in these high nominal market growth rates.  BMI expects general inflation to spike at 11.5% in 2011, while higher production costs and the lack of a  strict government policy on pharmaceutical price controls make it likely that retail pharmaceutical prices  in Vietnam will rise over the forecast period.  In our latest Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Business Environment Ratings (BER) matrix for the Asia  Pacific, Vietnam again remains ranked 13th of 17 key regional markets. Nevertheless, we expect Vietnam  to consolidate its place in the matrix as the country's market matures and as its economy strengthens.  Currently, though, the country remains a risky investment ground, partly due to its challenging rewards  profile - dragged down by low per-capita consumption and similar factors - but also partly due to the  risky operating environment, including the prevalence of counterfeiting and the lax application of  intellectual property rights (IPRs).  For example, in January 2011, domestic drugmaker Nanogen Biopharmaceutical launched Pegnano  (peginterferon alfa-2a) in Vietnam for the treatment of hepatitis C, which reportedly infringes on the IPRs  for Swiss Roche's Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a), specifically patent No. 2611. While Roche has  demanded the de-registration of Pegnano, as the Pegasys patent is effective until 2017, revisions of the  patent legislation stipulates that the government can ban or limit the application of IPRs in certain cases.  The DAV originally denied product registration to Nanogen's Pegnano in September 2010, but the drug  has been subsequently approved by Deputy Health Minister Cao Minh Quang.  Nevertheless, our positive longer-term outlook for Vietnam appears to be shared by a number of foreign  players. For example, in early 2011, global major Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) announced that it  would establish a 100% foreign-owned company in Vietnam, which will be charged with selling highmargin  patented drugs, such as the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil. MSD is also increasingly involved  in providing corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, giving part of their profits to the  development of community. China's largest pharmaceutical company, Sinopharm, has revealed that  construction of its first two manufacturing plants in Vietnam will start in March 2011. The 'medical  disposable' plant has investment capital of US$25mn and will produce 30mn packs annually. Completion  of construction is expected in 2013. Sinopharm's more advanced vaccine facility has more than double the  investment capital, but is not expected to start manufacturing until 2015.

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