Latin America has a fast growing healthcare sector and the pharmaceutical industry in the region is likely to witness steady growth during the forecast period of 2016 to 2024. The growth of the pharmaceutical products and CMO market in LATAM is attributed to high foreign investment, a rising geriatric population, an improving regulatory environment, and an increase in trade agreements with other countries such as the U.S., Canada, Japan, and several countries in Europe.
Most pharmaceutical companies in LATAM are gradually outsourcing manufacturing activities to contract manufacturers in order to achieve cost efficiency, quality, capacity, and time to market. It is also being done to obtain expertise in a particular business category such as API manufacturing and packaging, which is not available in-house. According to Transparency Market Research, the pharmaceutical products and CMO market in Latin America is expected to grow from a value of US$127.9 bn in 2015 and to US$286.2 bn by 2024 at a strong CAGR of 9.3% therein.
TMR Reports Rising Demand for API and Ingredients in LATAM
Based on product type, the pharmaceutical products and CMO market comprises API and ingredients, finished dosage form, and pharmaceutical packaging.
The finished dosage form segment led the pharmaceutical products market in Latin America, accounting for a share of approximately 85% in 2015. This product form is an integral part of formulation and analytical research, clinical pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics and as a result holds a significant share in the LATAM market. However, the API and ingredients segment is projected to expand at a high growth rate due to rising demand for APIs in the region and establishment of major multinational companies.
On the other hand, the API and ingredients segment dominated the CMO market in Latin America, accounting for a share of approximately 60% in 2015. The increasing demand for cost saving and efficiency is boosting this segment. The finished dosage form segment of the CMO market is expected to expand at a significant CAGR during the forecast period.
Improved Regulatory Scenario Works in Favor of Pharmaceutical Products and CMO Market in Brazil
The pharmaceutical products and CMO market in Latin America has been segmented into major countries: Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, and Rest of Latin America.
Brazil accounted for a significant share in the LATAM pharmaceutical product and CMO market in 2015. Brazil’s dominance has been attributed to excellent geographical location, the development of innovative products, better regulatory scenario, and an accessible pricing structure. The rising income of the consumers and an expanding geriatric population will further boost the demand for medication, driving the pharmaceutical product and CMO market in Brazil.
Mexico was the second leading market for pharmaceutical products and CMO in 2015 due to its close proximity to North America. Rising free trade agreements with major countries in Europe and North America and the growing CMO industry are also expected to fuel the pharmaceutical product and CMO market in Mexico.