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Trend analysis of the pharmaceutical market in Iran; 1997–2010; policy implications for developing countries

Abbas Kebriaeezadeh12*, Nasser Nassiri Koopaei1, Akbar Abdollahiasl1*, Shekoufeh Nikfar1 and Nafiseh Mohamadi3

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmaceutical Administration, Faculty of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, P.O. Box 14155–6451, Tehran 14174, Iran

2 Department of Toxicology and Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, P.O. Box 14155–6451, Tehran 14174, Iran

3 Management Information System Division, Osvah Pharmaceutical Company, Tehran, Iran

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DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 2013, 21:52  doi:10.1186/2008-2231-21-52

Published: 28 June 2013



So far, no detailed study of the Iranian pharmaceutical market has been conducted, and only a few studies have analyzed medicine consumption and expenditure in Iran. Pharmaceutical market trend analysis remains one of the most useful instruments to evaluate the pharmaceutical systems efficiency. An increase in imports of medicines, and a simultaneous decrease in domestic production prompted us to investigate the pharmaceutical expenditure structure. On the other hand, analyzing statistics provides a suitable method to assess the outcomes of national pharmaceutical policies and regulations.


This is a descriptive and cross-sectional study which investigates the Iranian pharmaceutical market over a 13-year period (1997–2010). This study used the Iranian pharmaceutical statistical datasheet published by the Iranian Ministry of Health. Systematic searches of the relevant Persian and English research literature were made. In addition, official government documents were analyzed as sources of both data and detailed statements of policy.


Analysis of the Iranian pharmaceutical market in the 13-year period shows that medicine consumption sales value growth has been 28.38% annually. Determination of domestic production and import reveals that 9.3% and 42.3% annual growth, respectively, have been experienced.


The Iranian pharmaceutical market has undergone great growth in comparison with developing countries and the pharmerging group, and the market is expanding quickly while a major share goes to biotechnology drugs, which implies the need to commercialization activities in novel fields like pharmaceutical biotechnology. This market expansion has been in favor of imported medicine in sales terms, caused by the reinforcement of suspicious policies of policy makers that necessitates fundamental rearrangements.

Pharmaceutical market trends; Therapeutic categories; Pharmaceutical biotechnology; Commercialization