Updated on 26 July 2016
Singapore: The company's latest report states that the increasing elderly population, widespread preference for imported branded drugs, rising government support for the healthcare sector and the impending gains from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be the main drivers of growth for the Vietnamese pharmaceutical market during the forecast period.
Vietnam signed the TPP, a trade agreement between 12 countries, on February 4, 2016.
It is expected that, once implemented, tariffs on pharmaceutical imports will fall to 0%, and patents on foreign pharmaceutical companies' drugs will be extended from five to 10 years.
While the Vietnamese market is seen as attractive for pharmaceutical companies, drug prices are high compared with average incomes, which may hinder patient access to medicine.
However, foreign pharmaceutical companies are able to generate more revenue not only due to patent protection, but also because locals believe imported drugs are much more effective and tend to prefer them over generics.