Investments in pharmaceutical industry to continue to gain momentum
29 Sep 2023
Malaysia’s Pharmaceutical Industry is set to continue gaining momentum, riding on government incentives to drive local investment in the market, said BMI, a Fitch Solutions company.
It opined that Malaysia’s New Industrial Master Plan (NIMP) 2030 will promote the integration of value chains for better local production of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), vaccines and medicines.
“By capitalising on these strategies, we believe Malaysia can attract more investments and position itself as a regional leader in the pharmaceutical industry.
“Pharmaceutical sales were RM11.2 billion in 2022, and we forecast medicine sales to increase to RM15.5 billion in 2027, equating to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.7 per cent in local currency terms (5.6 per cent in US dollar terms),” it said a commentary released today.
The country aimed to enhance its strategic competitive positioning across 21 industry sectors, with aerospace, chemical, electrical and electronics (E&E), pharmaceutical and medical devices being recognised as priority sectors under the NIMP.
Under the plan, the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry (MITI), Ministry of Health (MOH), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), and the Medical Device Authority (MDA) will collaborate to establish a supportive ecosystem for the industry.
Nevertheless, BMI believed that medicine pricing controls would continue to weigh on multinational drugmaker profits and discourage foreign enterprises.
In May 2019, Malaysia announced price control measures for medicines in the country that are based on external reference pricing (ERP), which involves benchmarking local prices against lower drug prices in other markets.
BMI said that the price controls will continue to be implemented at both the wholesale and retail levels.
“As such, it is our view that price controls will have a significant impact on innovative drugmaker profit margins in the country, and this will potentially limit multinational investment,” it noted.