South Korea Pharmaceutical Market Analysis


  • Type: Service area
  • Published : June 2021
  • Region: Asia
  • Country: South Korea
  • Report ID : 4854

  • Format: PPT, PDF

South Korea Pharmaceutical Market: Segmented By Therapeutic Category (Oncology, Cardiovascular, CNS, Respiratory, Rheumatology, Diabetes, Musculoskeletal Organ, Blood and Hemopoietic Organ, Digestive Organ and Metabolism, Hormonal Drugs) and By Prescription Type (Prescription drugs, Over The Counter (OTC) Drugs)- Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2019 – 2028)

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Report Overview

The South Korea pharmaceutical market size stood at around USD 21.47 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach xx billion by 2028, exhibiting a CAGR of xx% during the forecast period.

According to the OECD, South Korea’s gross healthcare spending in 2018 amounted to nearly 8.1% of Korea’s GDP. Healthcare expenditure has grown at an even faster pace than GDP.

According to the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) South Korea’s pharmaceutical market size was approximately USD 21.47 billion in 2019, which is 5.2% more from 2018. Korea’s pharmaceutical market in 2019 was mainly characterized by an increased share of finished drug manufacturing and domestic production of new drugs; a steady growth of drug exports; the growth of the domestic biopharmaceutical market, the expansion of exports focused on biosimilars; and a continued rise in drug imports. The share of finished drug products rose 87.5% in 2015 to 88.9% in 2019.

The export amount of pharmaceuticals increased to USD 5,195.15 million, hitting a record high and up by 11.2% compared to USD 4,673.11 million in 2018. The annual average export growth rate has remained high with 15.2% in the last 5 years.

Market Drivers

During the forecasted period major driver for pharmaceutical industry would be the aging population and rising life expectancy.

Furthermore, government has increased the spending on R&D they are focusing on new medicines and Bio- similars which is also boosting the market growth. Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) in a recent report mentioned that, a total of 46 research and development based Korean drug manufacturers recently identified as revolutionary pharmaceutical organizations by the Health Ministry of Korea, which will enhance R&D spending by 2020. In fact, Korea has the potential to perform medicines R&D for molecules and industrial innovations, agents, including organic synthesis, and multinational clinical trials. This potential has been achieved by the advancement of generic drugs. Korea is already a pioneer in the field of biotechnological pharmaceutical research. Therefore, all of these variables would boost the pharmaceutical demand in the country during the forecast period.

1. South Korea Pharmaceutical Market Overview………………………………
A. Market Size
2. Market Growth Drivers………………………………………………………………….
A. Aging Population and Rising Life Expectancy
B. Increased Government Funding in R&D
C. Higher Per Capita Healthcare Expenditure
3. South Korea Pharmaceutical Market by Drug Type……………………………
A. Branded Drugs
B. Generic Drugs
I. Simple Generic Drugs
II. Super Generic drugs
III. Biosimilars
4. Pharmaceutical Market Segmentation…………………………………
A. Therapeutic Category
I. Oncology
II. Cardiovascular
IV. Respiratory
V. Rheumatology
VI. Diabetes
VII. Musculoskeletal Organ
VIII. Blood and Hemopoietic Organ
IX. Digestive Organ and Metabolism
X. Hormonal Drugs
B. Prescription type
I. Prescribed Drugs
II. Over the Counter Drugs (OTC)
5. Pharmaceutical Major Products Market Share………………………………
A. Market Analysis, Insights and Forecast – By Revenue
6. Competitive Landscape…………………………………………………………………
A. Major Players
B. Products in Pipeline
7. Key Company Profiles………………………………………………………………….
A. Hanmi Pharm Company overview, Product & Services, Strategies & Financials
B. Chong Kun Dang Pharmaceutical Corp Company overview, Product & Services, Strategies & Financials
C. Daewoong Pharmaceutical Company overview, Product & Services, Strategies & Financials
8. Healthcare Policies and Regulatory Landscape………………………………
A. Policy changes and Reimbursement scenario
9. Factors Driving Future Growth……………………………………………………
A. New Trends and Development of Pharmaceutical Market
B. Future Opportunities
10. Conclusion


Market Segmentation

By Therapeutic Category:

According to therapeutic category pharmaceutical market is segmented as – oncology, cardiovascular, CNS, respiratory, rheumatology, diabetes, musculoskeletal organ, blood and haemopoietic organ, digestive organ and metabolism, hormonal Drugs. Prevalence of chronic diseases is rising in South Korea due to its aging population. As per Ministry of Health and Welfare of South Korea (2017), 51% of seniors suffered from more than three diagnosed chronic diseases.

By Prescription Type:

According to the end user market can be segmented as prescribed drugs and over-the-counter drugs (OTC).

Koreas’ prescription drugs segment is expected to constitute the largest proportion of the pharmaceutical market in the forecast period.


Top Players

Pharmaceutical market of Korea has many major players with very high competition. In terms of market share, few of the major players are currently dominating the market some of them are Hanmi Pharm, Chong Kun Dang Pharmaceutical, Daewoong Pharmaceutical, Green Cross, Celtrion. Apart from these major players others are also striving continuously to rise in the market. Some of the other major players are AbbVie Inc., AstraZeneca plc, Bayer AG, Samsung Pharm. Co., LTD., and GlaxoSmithKline. In 2018 Japan was the largest drug export destination for Korea followed by Germany and U.S.

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