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Intravenous (IV) Iron Drugs: A Global Strategic Business Report

Global IV iron drugs market is forecast to total US$1.8bn by 2020

Global market for IV Iron Drugs is projected to reach US$1.8 billion by 2020, driven by aging population, growing incidence of chronic kidney disease and the ensuing rise in dialysis patients. Growing incidence of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and other diseases related to oncology, gynecology, gastroenterology and nephrology that are usually associated with iron deficiency is driving significant growth in demand for Intravenous (IV) Iron Drugs. Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is recognized as a debilitating nutritional deficiency affecting approximately 2.0 billion individuals worldwide. The condition is particularly high in patients on hemodialysis for the treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), a condition which is increasingly becoming a burden to healthcare systems worldwide.

Major factors driving the prevalence of CKD include aging population and increasing prevalence of conditions such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke, etc., that are known to be risk factors for CKD. Despite the high prevalence of CKD, only a fraction of the total afflicted patients undergo treatment through IV iron therapies, thereby presenting huge untapped potential for growth. While the use of IV iron therapies in dialysis is well established, limitations in diagnosis have historically prevented significant use of IV iron in other therapeutic areas.

In the coming years, however, the global market for intravenous (IV) iron therapies dominated hitherto by the field of nephrology, is expected to witness a sea-change with the need to address IDA in other chronic illnesses and in patients not responding to oral iron therapies. Oral iron treatment, despite being cost-efficient and popular in the treatment of iron deficiency anemia is not suitable for all patients as majority fail to respond to oral treatment.

IV iron formulations have evolved significantly since the introduction of the first generation drugs InFeD (iron dextran) and Dexeferrum (iron dextra). The first-generation preparations, known to induce serious anaphylactic reactions, made way for second and third-generations intravenous iron preparations with demonstrated safety and efficacy profiles. The limitations of oral iron therapy further expanded the scope for intravenous (IV) iron drugs, especially second and third generation compounds, developed to correct IDA with minimal side effects. Third generation drugs, such as, Feraheme and Injectafer effectively address setbacks faced by first and second generation drugs with respect to dose limitations. Ability to administer higher doses offers numerous benefits such as reduced number of doctor visits, shorter period of treatment, and lower side-effects associated with long-tern use. These factors are expected to promote adoption of third-generation IV iron drugs, thereby driving growth in the market.

The United States represents the single largest market worldwide. Asia-Pacific is forecast to spearhead future growth with a projected compounded annual growth rate of 12.4% over the analysis period. Growth in the region is driven by rising obesity, increase in diabetes, and an aging population, all of which raise the risk of CKD, the primary factor driving demand for intravenous iron drugs. Major players covered in the market include Actavis Inc., AMAG Pharmaceuticals Inc., Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA, Galenica Ltd., Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Pharmacosmos A/S, Sanofi US, and Vifor Pharma Ltd. among others.

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