The Pharmaceutical Industry of Saudi Arabia

There are approximately 200 pharmaceutical companies in Saudi Arabia registered with the Ministry of Health – the market is largely dominated by European suppliers, and over 40 agents in Saudi Arabia, which import medicines from international pharmaceutical companies.

Major diseases in Saudi Arabia include gastrointestinal disorders, tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases, malaria, diabetes, ophthalmologic diseases, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and depression. Almost 12 percent of the population suffers from diabetes. Treatment and rehabilitation of the mentally and physically handicapped also presents an excellent market potential.

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