Proficient Pharma Market

Several elements are driving the development of the Swiss pharma market, which grew by 2.8% in 2019. This growth was driven mainly by the volume of medicines sold (+2.9%). New products – e.g. for cancer or autoimmune diseases – have likewise contributed to this growth. There are ever more medicines for hitherto untreatable diseases. The triennial price reviews by the FOPH have led to a 2.7% decline in the overall market. With these savings, the pharmaceutical industry is making a major contribution to help contain the growth of costs in the healthcare system.

Since 2005, the Swiss generics market has almost tripled in value. Reimbursable generics achieved a value of around 735 million francs in 2019. In the generics-eligible market, the proportion of generics has been stable for years. This market includes not only generics themselves, but also off-patent originals from which generics exist. In addition, however, there are also originals of which there are no generic versions because, among other factors, their prices are already so low that they are not economically attractive for generics producers.

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Around 2/3 of all medicine packs are bought in pharmacies.

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In the case of a medicine priced at 100 francs, 68 goes to the producer and 32 to the trade, to doctors, pharmacists and, through value-added tax, to the federal goverment.

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Since 2012, more than 1 billion francs have been saved through price reviews of medicines. The market volume in 2019 was CHF 6,136.5 million.

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