Indian Pharmaceutical Industry May Achieve Double-Digit Growth By 2030
Tablets of multiple vitamin and minerals supplement are arranged for a photograph in Tokyo, Japan. (Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg)

Indian Pharmaceutical Industry May Achieve Double-Digit Growth By 2030

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The Indian pharmaceutical industry can achieve a target of double-digit growth by 2030 through a host of measures including regulatory support from government like increase in budgetary allocations for healthcare and promotion of innovation, a pharmaceutical industry body said.

Setting a coherent pricing policy framework, simplifying regulatory approval processes, creating a separate Ministry of Pharmaceuticals and dedicated zones for creation of medicines, are some of the ways that the government could help the industry achieve the ambitious target of becoming a $120-130 billion industry by 2030, it said.

"We are seeking from government a stable pricing policy. Whatever government decides in terms of drugs pricing should be kept stable for at least five years, Secretary General of Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance, Sudarshan Jain said here.

The government should also aim to increase expenditure on healthcare from about 1.2 percent to 2.5 percent of the GDP in the next five years, and to 5 percent by 2030, for the industry to grow, Jain said.

"Ayushman Bharat Scheme that brings 40 percent of poor population under state-funded insurance cover also broadens possibilities to all healthcare ecosystem players including pharmaceutical companies," he said.

As per a report prepared by the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance, at its current rate of 7-8 percent CAGR, the Indian pharmaceutical industry is expected to grow about $80-90 billion by 2030.

With a double digit growth of 11-12 percent, the industry can grow about $65 billion by 2024 and about $120 billion to $130 billion by 2030.

Increased accessibility and affordability of healthcare, potential breakthroughs in next-generation innovative products, strong growth in the U.S. market, and increased growth in large under penetrated markets such as Japan and China are some of the ways for the industry to grow, Jain added.

The industry body has also raised the demand for reducing GST on all drugs to a uniform 5 percent, he said.

Zydus Cadila CMD Pankaj Patel, a member company of the Alliance, said that innovation remains the focus for the future, and IPA is working in the direction of strengthening the innovation ecosystem in the Indian pharma industry.

"The future is innovation, and IPA has taken innovation as a theme. It is working on innovation, in terms of collaboration between government institutions, industry, and making innovation go to the next level for Indian pharma industry to grow. India has the capacity to develop drugs and sell it to the world," he said.

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