The pharmaceutical industry in Spain is a cornerstone of both economic fortitude and strategic relevance, fostering robustness in innovation, manufacturing, and high-quality employment. Representing 70.80% of the prescription medicine market, the industry, comprising 134 innovative pharmaceutical companies, is etching remarkable imprints in various spheres, including research and development (R&D), production, and exportation.
The pharmaceutical industry is a pivotal force in Spain, serving as a catalyst for economic stability and strategic innovation, while prominently standing as the nation’s third-largest exporter. In 2022, the sector achieved unprecedented heights in external sales, registering exports of €26.818 billion, marking a 53% increase from 2021, primarily propelled by the exportation of Covid-19 vaccines. This substantial elevation in exports places medicine as one of the foremost exported products, underlining the paramount role of the sector in Spain’s economic augmentation.
With 103 production plants, including eleven dedicated to biological medicines, the pharmaceutical sector is integral to enhancing Spain’s exportation landscape, ranking just behind the automobile and fuel sectors. The industry’s steadfast commitment to gender equality and environmental sustainability amplifies its strategic significance on both national and global spectrums.
Spain’s pharmaceutical sector has broadened its global influence, with remarkable export figures, reaching €26.818 billion in 2022, a substantial 53% increment from 2021, majorly attributed to Covid-19 vaccine exports. Additionally, a meticulously managed import portfolio ensures a diversified and steady inflow of pharmaceutical commodities, reinforcing the supply chain’s resilience and fostering collaborative international relationships. This balanced interplay of exports and imports accentuates Spain’s robust and strategic presence in the global pharmaceutical landscape.
In the employment domain, the pharmaceutical sector in Spain is a purveyor of stability and high-quality opportunities. It is a beacon of gender equality, with women holding 53% of positions, and it offers 44,068 direct employments. The industry’s influence extends to 210,000 jobs, considering indirect and induced employment, with 64% occupied by highly qualified individuals, demonstrating its substantial contribution to creating employment opportunities for the youth and fortifying the nation’s workforce.
Innovation is the lifeblood of the pharmaceutical sector, influencing the trajectory of medical advancements. The sector invested €1.267 billion in R&D in 2021, half of which fueled projects in collaboration with hospitals, universities, and public and private centers. This substantial investment in R&D, constituting 20% of all industrial R&D, is pivotal for progressing clinical trials and maintaining Spain’s leading position in patents, with the sector presenting 181 patent applications in 2022.
Over 900 clinical trials were initiated in Spain in 2022, focusing predominantly on cancer, neurological diseases, and immune system disorders. About one in four ongoing clinical trials is concentrated on rare diseases, with 170,000 Spaniards actively participating in these trials. This approach not only allows early access to innovative treatments but also reflects the sector’s commitment to societal well-being and life-quality enhancement.
The collaborative initiatives with Laboratorios Rubio and other stakeholders accentuate the industry’s commitment to augmenting public health. These partnerships foster a conducive environment for research, ensuring the citizens’ well-being and propelling Spain forward in the global pharmaceutical landscape.
Farmaindustria has been diligently working to enhance patient access to new pharmaceuticals, emphasizing the need for concrete proposals to expedite the availability of medicines. These efforts are pivotal in bridging the access gaps in comparison to other European nations, ensuring comprehensive healthcare solutions.
Laboratorios Rubio has established global partnerships, that work towards driving steering advancements in pharmaceutical research. Our R&D efforts underscore the company’s pivotal role in launching a series of pharmaceutical innovations, depicting a range of discoveries and collaborations that are driving the industry ahead.
The revelations highlight Laboratorios Rubio’s anticipated growth for 2023 and the years to follow, showcasing the evolving breakthroughs and alliances molding the future of pharmaceuticals in Spain.
The pharmaceutical companies in Spain are staunch advocates of good practices and transparency, demonstrating unswerving commitment to societal and environmental well-being. The industry has been instrumental in safeguarding medicine through the Spanish Medication Verification System (SEVeM), preventing counterfeit with over 20,700 medication references and 5,500 million unique identifiers.
In terms of environmental action, the pharmaceutical sector, through SIGRE Medication and Environment, has been pivotal in ensuring proper management of medicine packaging and waste, with 104.4g of packages and medication residues collected per inhabitant annually. The initiative has successfully implemented 165 eco-design measures affecting over 94 million packages, reflecting the sector’s high standards in sustainability.
The pharmaceutical industry adheres to rigorous ethical standards and regulatory norms. The industry’s self-regulatory body, Unidad de Supervisión Deontológica (USD), oversees collaborations with patient organizations and healthcare professionals, maintaining transparency and adherence to the Code of Good Practices.
Laboratorios Rubio is committed to integrate sustainable practices as part of the pharmaceutical sector in Spain. Their sustainability initiatives are meticulously designed to tackle climate change, to preserve the environment, and to contribute to sustainable growth.
The company Sustainability Initiatives are a testament to their unwavering commitment to ecological preservation and responsible business conduct, shedding light on the extensive measures and practices within the industry.
The pharmaceutical industry in Spain is a monumental pillar, enriching the economic, strategic, and social landscapes of the country. Its innovative endeavors, substantial economic contributions, and relentless pursuit of sustainability and societal betterment are shaping a future where health, equality, and environmental preservation are at the forefront.