Market reviews 2007

Market review on human pharmaceuticals 2007

Published 7 February 2008

Finland is Orion’s most important single market area for pharmaceuticals. According to statistics collected by Finnish Pharmaceutical Data Ltd, Finnish wholesales of human pharmaceuticals rose by 5.8% to EUR 1,827 (1,727) million in 2007. The sales of self-care products increased by 8.9%, and hospital sales were up 8.4% on the previous year.

Orion’s position as the leading marketer of pharmaceuticals in Finland was strengthened further. In 2007, wholesales of Orion’s products for human use totalled EUR 163.8 million, up 7.4% on the previous year. This represents faster growth than that of the Finnish pharmaceutical market as a whole (5.8%) and Orion retained its status as market leader with a share of 9.0% (8.8%). Orion bolstered its market-leading position also in terms of the number of packages sold, with a market share of 28.3% (27.3%).

According to IMS Health pharmaceutical sales statistics for the 12-month period ending in September 2007, US wholesales of drugs for Parkinson’s Disease – a core therapy area for Orion – totalled USD 1,188 (948) million, up about 25% on the comparative 12-month period. The exceptionally high growth rate is explained by the broadened indication of one dopamine agonist to the restless legs syndrome.

The five largest European markets for Parkinson’s Disease drugs were Germany, Great Britain, France, Spain and Italy. Total sales of Parkinson’s Disease drugs in these countries in the same 12-month period totalled EUR 788 (727) million, with an average market growth at about 8%.

The value of the global diagnostics market is estimated at about USD 33 billion. Several large players dominate the market for the equipment and test reagents used in centralised laboratories. The industry as a whole is very fragmented. Orion Diagnostica is a medium sized player, and holds a solid position in certain product areas.

 

Published 24 October 2007

The most important single market for Orion is Finland. According to the statistics collected by Finnish Pharmaceutical Data Ltd, the Finnish wholesales of pharmaceuticals in the first three quarters of 2007 rose by 5.2% to EUR 1 338 (1 272) million. Self-care medicine sales grew by 11.8% from those of the comparative period and hospital sales grew by 9.5%.

Orion is strongly positioned as the leading marketer of pharmaceuticals in Finland. In the first three quarters of 2007, the wholesales of Orion’s products totalled EUR 121.1 million, up by 7.9% from the comparative period. Orion’s market share was 9.0% (8.8%), with which Orion was 1.4 percentage points ahead of the second-largest marketer.

According to IMS Health pharmaceutical statistics in the 12-month period up to June 2007, the US wholesales of medicines for Parkinson’s Disease, a core therapy area in Orion’s business, were USD 1,131 (924) million, about 22% more than in the comparative 12-month period. The exceptionally rapid growth is mainly a result of the broadened indication of one dopamine agonist to encompass also the restless legs syndrome, in addition to Parkinson’s Disease. In Europe, the five largest markets for Parkinson’s Disease medicines are Germany, the UK, France, Spain and Italy. In these markets, the combined total sales of Parkinson’s Disease medicines in the respective 12-month periods were EUR 772 (713) million, the average growth being about 8%.

 

Published 6 August 2007

The most important single market for Orion is Finland. According to the statistics collected by Finnish Pharmaceutical Data Ltd, the Finnish wholesales of pharmaceuticals in the first half of 2007 rose by 4.7% to EUR 895.7 (855.0) million. Self-care product sales grew by about 15% from those of the comparative period.

Orion is strongly positioned as the leading marketer of pharmaceuticals in Finland. In 1-6/2007, the wholesales of Orion’s products totalled EUR 81.0 (75.7) million. Orion’s market share was 9.0% (8.9%), with which Orion was 1.5 percentage points ahead of the second-largest marketer.

In the 12-month period up to March 2007, the US wholesales of medicines for Parkinson’s Disease, a core therapy area in Orion’s business, were USD 1,080 (880) million, about 23% more than in the comparative 12-month period. In Europe, the five largest markets for Parkinsons’ Disease medicines include the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. In these markets, the combined total sales of Parkinson’s Disease medicines in the respective 12-month periods were EUR 760 (700) million, the average growth being about 8%.

 

Published 24 April 2007

According to the preliminary total estimate published in March by IMS Health, the world pharmaceutical sales for the full year 2006 grew by about 7.0% to about USD 643 billion.

According the sales statistics maintained by Finnish Pharmaceutical Data Ltd., wholesales of pharmaceuticals in Finland in the period 1-3/2007 were EUR 443 (421) million, 5.1% up from those in the comparative period. Selfcare products were drivers of the growth, with 29% up from the comparative period. Orion contributed EUR 41.7 (38.1) million to the total Finnish pharmaceutical sales, about 9% more than in the comparative period, during which the sales were strongly affected by the removal of discounts grantable to pharmacies on their purchases. Orion reinforced its position as the market leader in Finland with a market share of 9.4% (9.1%). Orion’s lead over the second largest marketer was about 2 percentage units both for the review period and on an annual level.

In the USA, the sales volumes of prescription drugs are showing a slight growth and boosting the growth rate, mainly due to the impact of the Medicare reimbursement system. Oncology has risen to the fastest-growing therapeutic category as new drug innovations have been introduced for the treatment of cancer. In 2006, the world sales of oncological drugs increased by over 20% to about USD 35 billion, almost the same as the sales of cholesterol-lowering agents, the biggest single category.

The global 2006 sales of medicines for Parkinson’s Disease, which has a central role in Orion’s business, were about USD 3,122 (2,800) million, up by 12% (10%). US sales were about USD 1,024 (837) million, up by 22% (9%). The exceptionally high growth percentage is explained by the broadened indication of one dopamine agonist to the restless legs syndrome. In the top five European markets, the sales of Parkinson’s disease medicines were about EUR 745 (690) million and they grew by 8% (10%). The global audited sales of Orion’s Stalevo® and Comtess®/Comtan®, were EUR 348.1 (285.5) million, of which Stalevo accounted for EUR 144.3 (146.6) million and Comtess/Comtan for EUR 145.2 (144.3) million.