New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (medicaldevices.frost.com), Strategic Analysis of the Healthcare Industry in Tanzania, finds that the pharmaceutical market earned revenues of $105.0 million in 2007 and estimates this to reach $188.0 million in 2014.
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"Growth in the Tanzanian pharmaceuticals industry will be boosted by the expected decline in drug prices, due to the increased availability of generic drugs," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Ishe Zingoni. "This would facilitate higher uptake of drugs and promote the local manufacturing industry."
Government support has been crucial in stimulating the infant local pharmaceuticals sector. Localisation of drug manufacturing is driving prices of some drug classes down, and as the industry reaches sufficient economies of scale, prices are predicted to further decrease.
The main restraint in this market is the intensifying level of competition from low cost imports. Local manufacturing is also hindered extensively by the lack of technical skills in production.
"Manufacturers in Tanzania cannot get local expertise and, therefore, rely on Indian and British expatriates for the technical aspects of production," adds Zingoni. "Local employees only focus on packaging and labeling processes."
Some local manufacturers are entering strategic agreements with Thai partners to facilitate technical skills transfer and procure raw materials. Together with their partners, Tanzanian companies are increasingly investing in generating local expertise through training programmes.
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