Picture of health: Total health expenditure will increase, fostering industry revenue growth

Historically, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) have served as third-party administrators of prescription drug programs. Today, the role of PBMs have expanded to include programs that help control prescription costs, such as offering drug formularies that feature lower cost therapeutic categories. Rising drug prices, particularly specialty drugs, have incited health insurers to turn to PBMs for cost management services. Due to the patent cliff in 2012, which caused many brand-name drugs to lose their patent exclusivity, more consumers have purchased lower-priced generic drugs. Overall, the patent cliff has benefited the industry due to PBMs typically reporting financial gains when an influx of generics come off of manufacturers' drug pipelines...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Forecast Growth 16-21

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Rising drug costs and increased consumer bases have bolstered industry demand
  • Growth in the number of physician visits has contributed to higher prescription drug use
  • PBMs that operate mail order and online pharmacies will experience the strongest growth
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    In the Pharmacy Benefit Management industry, a widespread geographic reach is essential for the proper distribution of prescription drugs to retail pharmacies and other clients. In becoming a primary healthcare source for many healthcare organizations, industry establishments are more capable of negotiating with large insurance and pharmaceutical companies if they are able to present nationwide coverage and accessibility.Easy access to markets has become a key to success because it allows industry operators to more easily take advantage of economies of scale. The strategic placement of a company's operations can decrease delivery costs, which allows a PBM to not only offer more competitive prices but also improve its profit margins. Wit...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Pharmacy Benefit Management Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Pharmacy Benefit Management Industry are

  • Having a diverse range of clients
  • Well-developed internal processes
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total health expenditure and Number of employees in the Pharmacy Benefit Management industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Pharmacy Benefit Management Industry?

    This industry includes operators that provide pharmacy benefit management services. Industry operators are third-party administrators of government and employer-sponsored prescription drug programs. They are primarily responsible for processing and paying prescription drug claims.

    Industry Products
  • Retail pharmacy services
  • Specialty pharmacy services
  • Benefit plan design and consultation
  • Drug formulary management
  • Other services
  • Industry Activities
  • Processing and paying prescription drug claims
  • Managing prescription drug plan costs
  • Prescription drug plan design and administration
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total health expenditure
  • Number of employees
  • Number of physician visits
  • Number of people with private health insurance
  • Median age of population
  • Regulation for the Health and Medical Insurance industry

  • Current Performance
  • Higher prescription drug use drives demand
  • Rising drug costs spurs consolidation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Healthcare reform will boost revenue
  • Profit margins miss out
  • Table: Pharmacy Benefit Management Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Pharmacy Benefit Management Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Health & Medical Insurance
  • Health & Welfare Funds
  • Public Administration
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Brand Name Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Generic Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Retail pharmacy services
  • Specialty pharmacy services
  • Other services
  • Benefit plan design and consultation
  • Drug formulary management
  • Chart: Pharmacy Benefit Management Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Government health programs
  • Employer-sponsored programs
  • Health insurance companies
  • Other programs
  • Individuals (out-of-pocket)
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Pharmacy Benefit Management Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Operating expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Pharmacy Benefit Management

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Pharmacy Benefit Management Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    CVS Health Corporation, Express Scripts Holding Company, UnitedHealth Group Inc.,
  • Table: CVS Health Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Express Scripts Holding Company - financial performance
  • Table: UnitedHealth Group Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Pharmacy Benefit Management Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Pharmacy Benefit Management Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Total health expenditure (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Chronic Illness
  • A disease that is long-lasting or recurrent.
  • Formulary
  • A list of medications designed to specify medications that can be prescribed under a particular contract.
  • Prescription Medication
  • A licensed medicine that requires medical approval to obtain.
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