News, archive: March 2018
The begging of 2018 was quite eventful for the Russian pharmaceutical wholesale. First, the bankruptcy process of Rosta started in January, with a rather high level of debt overburden for the pharmaceutical retail, which is estimated to be 10-11% of the annual volume of the retail market by Protek. So, the external prosperity of wholesale companies (by the end of 2017, only 4 out of the 15 largest companies has had their market share reduced) can be replaced by a recession at any moment.
The new year for the Russian pharmaceutical industry did not start that well. In January, Russia dispatched 22 bln RUB worth of pharmaceuticals (dispatch prices, VAT included) to the market, which is in monetary terms 3.4% lower than that of January 2017. The growth rates in physical terms are even worse, with a 7.2% decline and 0.29 bln units. The decline was largely due to over-the-counter drugs, with a 13% decline over the year. The dispatch of the Rx category has risen by 4%, though.