Comprehensive Essay on “Pharmaceutical Industry” in India
Beside this employment an opportunity has been increased in tune with industrialization, direct employment in organized sector is 2.9 lakh and in small-scale units 1.7 lakh and that of indirect employment with distribution & trade was 16.5 lakh. Ancillary industries provide opportunities as high as 7.5 lakh. Thus together direct and indirect contributes 28.6 lakh persons engaged in pharmaceutical industry. Also there is increasing number of pharmaceutical colleges affiliated by universities to fulfill the need of researcher, scientist and technicians.
Study found that generic-generic market in India has shown substantial base of Rs. 322 Crore in the year 2000 with 828 products (OPPI census) and beside this Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy, etc contributing only 3.4 percent of the total sales. Biotechnology is another competent market in India with marginal low base of Rs. 1000 Crore growing with a very high rate includes sterile fermentation processes, skills in handling microbes and infrastructure in fabricating bioreactors.
It is found that pharmaceutical sector has maintained steady growth in terms of production of bulk drugs as well as formulations that is a result of foreign collaboration for high investments in research and developments. In addition to this government has received several projects related to up-gradation, expansion or starting new production units.
It is observed that Bulk drugs production has been significantly increased over the decades from the year1980-81 to 2000-2001 crossing the turnover of Rs. 4533 Crore and over 60 percentage of bulk drugs production exported every year. The balance is sold locally to other formulations.
However it is seen that many of the M.N.C’s import bulk drugs from the Parent Company and formulate it for local markets. Beside these local players who export formulation avails duty free imports of bulk drugs. Hence there is a significant scope for Indian companies for export in developing countries for both off patented and generic products.
Production of Formulations has been crossed the bench mark of Rs 18354 crore in the year 2000-2001 and India is self-sufficient in production of formulations and more than 80 percentage of the formulation is sold in the domestic market itself. The size of formulation market is Rs. 18 thousand Crore and growing at the rate of 18 percentage as compared to previous year. The achieved growth is because of increasing export to developing nations like China, South Africa, European countries etc.
As per the study, initially profitability is very high because of monopolistic competition where few companies were dominating the market. Then slowly the competition had been increased results into decrease in profitably trend because of price war amongst the companies become the common strategies of competitors.
But in later half, from 1990 onwards again profitability increases marginally high due to heavy investment in moderation of production units that reduced the cost of production and raw material of formulations. The sustainable development of pharmaceutical industry and increase in profitability is a positive sign of economic growth and prosperity.
On the other side it is found that Government spending on healthcare has been significantly reduced from 3.3 percent in first plan (1951-56) of total plan to 1.7 percent in eighth plan (1992-97). And if we compare India’s health expenditure in public sector undertaking with other Asian countries it is lowest amongst all. The annual per capita drug expenditure is low of Rs. 123 as compare to Japan Rs. 18000.
Study reveals that the total of import and export in Indian pharmaceutical has crossed the land mark of Rs. 11710 Crore in the year 2000-2001 with a high growth rate of about 20 percent in export over the year 1999-00 and also has high contribution to nations total export portfolio.
In recent years export of formulation as well as bulk drugs has significantly increased because of increased competition results into low margin in domestic market and secondly D.P.C.O. has laid special holiday packages for export to foreign countries.
It reveals that on an average/half of the sale of Indian companies is from exports because of reduced cost of production, corporate reorganization and therefore this enhanced profit adds in their growth that indirectly contributes for also strengthening Indian economy.
It is found that the top ten companies represent 31 percent of total market because of intense market competition amongst them as a result that top performing company is having only 5.7 percent of market share. So the combined sale of these top three Indian pharmaceutical companies like Cipla, Ranbaxy and Sun Pharmaceutical is represent only 11.2 percentage market share & top 100 products occupies 26.65 percentage of market share that clearly shows the picture of fragmented market. Therefore the whole share of pharmaceutical market is subdivided into smaller groups and each smaller company shows its presence in its market segment.
It is seen that the Government objective behind emphasis on investment in R&D is to encourage pharmaceutical company to grow through on R&D. As a knowledge and technological based industry, pharmaceutical industry has grown rapidly in last few years in research and development. In 1976-77 only Rs. 10.5 Crore were invested on R&D that shot up to high of Rs. 370 Crore in 2000-01.
Furthermore it is found that the total R&D expenditure in pharmaceutical sector today is Rs. 370 Crore that is just 2 percentage of total sales in India, the reasons could be high risk involved in R&D for new product development that is very expensive and based on trial & error method. Hence few firms venture into this area and long experience with the process patent regime has also brought in a sense of complacency about product development in this industry.
In product life cycle as well as market life cycle decision making is most crucial factor for a successful marketer. Therefore product should be backed by innovative strategies to make it a successful brand to sustain in the market and analyzing the brand position with respect to competitors move helps for re-strengthening its image in market field. Furthermore now a day product life cycle becomes shorter due to heavy competition and Governments rules and restrictions.
Indian pharmaceutical industry where pricing strategies is frames with residual degree of freedom from the restrictions laid by DPCO. Therefore Various bases of pricing like cost based pricing, demand based pricing, market based pricing, competition based pricing prove to be an important tool to understand the market very well and adopt suitable pricing strategies.
Therefore pricing strategies involves marginal cost pricing strategy, penetration strategy, skimming pricing strategies, puts the pressure on marketer regarding pricing. Hence pricing management means decision related to pricing for a new product at launching stage, implementation of price changes in consonance with government regulation, keeping competitive price and formulation of strategic pricing policy as bonus offers, bulk purchase etc.
Place is another most important element of marketing mix. Due to intensifying competition that demands for more feasible ‘Place’ for the product that has to be placed as per the convenience of the marketer and with in the reach of the customer. The pharmaceutical marketing channel where the main customer i.e. physician (prescriber) is indirectly involved when the product is physically transferred from manufacture to stockists to chemist to patient.
Therefore pharmaceutical marketing where place is totally depends on the prescriber’s habit and marketer has to sharpen their network for best service and face emerging challenges in the market and minimize the ever to increasing cost of physical distribution.
Amongst four elements of marketing mix, promotion is the most significance elements in pharmaceutical marketing. Therefore in tune with changing complexities and competition, the concept of promotion is taking a new shape. It involves pursuing the attention of customer, understanding the process of perception and attention and the role and responsibilities of marketer. The suggestive model of buying process helps for better product promotion in coming era. Ethical medical advertising promotes good marketing environment for a healthy growth and reduces unnecessary competition.
Recruitment, selection, and training of medical representative are another significant factor for strengthening market network. Critical evaluations of recruitment, selection of these have further guided us to re-strengthening and improving the performance of medical representative to better future marketing network. Evaluation of performance of field force and keeping high spirit of team motivation is a key to become successful marketer.
As the 70% or so of the population who currently does not have access to pharmaceuticals, the introduction of patent protection, and any price effects that may follow, is irrelevant. It has been observed that, of the drugs currently on the market, just fewer than ten percent are on patent in Europe. Extrapolating this percentage into the future, which may itself be questionable, means that even if product patents result in significantly higher prices, much of the pharmaceutical market will not be affected.
Considering only the part of the market that will be affected by the new regime, there are a number of reasons for thinking that the low incomes of India’s consumers and the lack of medical insurance will not ensure low prices, It has found that the patent-owning firms may not be setting prices to maximize profits in the Indian market. They maximize global profits, and the policies of drug price regulation may predict a limit to how low they will be willing to set prices in India.
It is true that Indian firms are moving into the world generics market and, although the introduction of product patents will cause them to lose their first-mover advantage, their low manufacturing costs will continue to give them an advantage in competing for this market. The bulk of production for the domestic market is drugs that are not on patent. As a result of these features, the introduction of product patents should not have a strong adverse impact on employment in the industry or on the contribution of the pharmaceutical sector to the economy.
The positive contribution of intellectual property comes in its dynamic effect on the creation and implication of knowledge. Considering first the implication of scientific information, it appears that Indian firms are well able to access any scientific information. Since most important pharmaceutical innovations will be patented internationally, there is likely to be little or no additional benefit to be gained by Indians from specifications being filed domestically. An MNC with a new-patented drug may delay a launch in India because of the concern over global price regulations mentioned above.
Already the larger firms are increasing their total R&D expenditure as a percentage of sales and they are beginning to move in the direction of new molecule discovery rather then concentrating solely on development research. The coming years are going to be tough for pharmaceutical industries. Unless, there is total change in mindset towards business, it is likely that some companies may restrict their operations.
The above suggestions can be useful for small and medium scale companies. Today, as we discussed earlier, companies like Pharmaceutical Companies and Ranbaxy can join their hand for Slow Release Ciprofloxacin why not small companies? A professional approach is needed. Such examples proved the path for successful pharmaceutical marketing.