Patent expiry represents a great opportunity for generics companies. Strong ambition is shown by manufacturers such as South Africa’s Aspen, India’s Aurobindo, and Japan’s Nichi-Iko (which has a possible top 10 ranking by 2012), for example. Leading companies’ generic drug activities are reviewed in Pharma Leader Series: Top 50 Generic Drug Manufacturers 2012-2022, published in March 2012. Visiongain is a business information provider based in London, UK.
This visiongain study provides revenue forecasts for leading companies during the 2012 to 2022 period. Included in the study are pharma multinationals such as Sanofi, Novartis, Pfizer and Abbott. Multinational pharma companies have followed Novartis’ lead in building generic drug portfolios, and have targeted the emerging national markets for pharmaceuticals. Sanofi’s acquisitions have given it a strong presence in the CEE and Latin American markets. Meanwhile, Abbott has become a big player in the Indian market through acquisitions. Generic drugs and emerging national (pharmerging)
Dr James Evans, a pharmaceutical industry analyst at visiongain, said: “The next few years are a potential bonanza for the generics industry, as a result of patent expiries, increased spending power in emerging national markets, governmental drives to increase generic substitution in Japan, and the coming of biosimilars to pharma markets. While the generics field has established leaders, such as Teva, Sandoz and Mylan, competition is becoming fiercer. Many companies in the sector are thinking big.”
Visiongain’s report finds that companies are concentrating on complex generics with high market entry barriers, such as enoxaparin, which gave Sandoz its first ‘generic blockbuster’
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