Pharmaceutical and medical device imports are concentrated among a small number of countries. For both sectors, the top five country sources of imports account for about 60% of all imports. Imports account for more than
two-thirds of pharmaceutical sales.
The private health sector absorbs about two-thirds of pharmaceutical output, while the public health sector accounts for the remaining one-third.
Of the 265 South African pharmaceutical manufacturers, more than half exclusively supply the private sector, 10% exclusively supply the public health sector and the remaining companies supply both sectors.
Within medical device sales, consumables and diagnostic imaging devices are the largest segments.
The South African pharmaceutical and medical device industry is concentrated in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape, with emerging activities in the Eastern Cape.
Pharmaceutical research and development (R&D) is concentrated in Gauteng and Western Cape.
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