Growing Prevalence of Patient Assistance Programs Will Significantly Propel the Global Ulcerative Colitis Market Through 2020, Says Technavio

LONDON--()--According to the latest research report released by Technavio, the global ulcerative colitis market is likely to reach over USD 6 billion by 2020.

This report titled ‘Global Ulcerative Colitis Market 2016-2020‘, provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of revenue and emerging trends. To calculate the market size, it considers the revenue generated from the sales of prescription, generic, and off-label drugs used to treat ulcerative colitis.

This report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects for three regions.

  • Americas: The US, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil
  • Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA): The UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Israel, South Africa, Egypt, Sudan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE
  • Asia-Pacific (APAC): Japan, China, Australia, Singapore, South Korea, and India

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“The World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day is observed every year on May 19 with the aim of creating awareness about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Some major organizations involved in spreading awareness about the disease are CCFA, Crohn's & Colitis UK, Crohn's & Colitis Australia, Crohn's & Colitis Canada, Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society, and The Great Bowel Movement. These organizations rely mostly on word-of-mouth propagation and social media such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to spread awareness,” said Barath Palada, one of Technavio’s lead industry analysts for healthcare.

“The Americas accounted for 60.04% of the global ulcerative colitis drugs market in 2015, with the US being the largest revenue contributor in the region. The growing prevalence of the disease and an increase in the number of patient assistance programs propel market growth in the US, and the launch of new products is expected to boost market growth during the forecast period,” added Barath.

Some of the other driving forces behind the growth of the global ulcerative colitis market are as follows:

  • Increase in patient assistance programs
  • High unmet needs
  • Tentative approval of candidates in pipeline

Increase in patient assistance programs

Patient assistance programs by governmental and non-governmental organizations and vendors, propels the growth of this market. Patients who cannot afford costly treatments are provided financial assistance by state and federal agencies such as Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security in the US. People can also apply for free medications or financial co-pay assistance for the drug Humira through AbbVie's patient assistance program. According to the Humira Complete Savings Card, the drug can be obtained for as low as USD 5 per month. Similarly, Janssen Pharmaceuticals has initiated programs such as JanssenAccessOne and RemiStart. According to the RemiStart program, eligible patients can obtain the drug for an out-of-pocket charge of USD 5 per infusion. Also, the company issues the SimponiOne Cost Support Instant Savings Card to patients who have been prescribed Simponi, which requires them to pay as low as USD 5 for each injection. Since such programs are also provided by vendors, patients show an inclination toward buying branded therapies, thereby augmenting market growth.

High unmet needs

As the etiology of ulcerative colitis is unknown, it is difficult to develop a drug that targets the root cause of the disease. The available drugs for the disease such as approved biologics and small molecule drugs do not completely stop its progression. Patients either fail to respond to the treatment or become tolerant to the drugs. Also, biologics and small molecule drugs used for the treatment are associated with severe adverse effects, resulting in discontinuation of drugs among patients due to safety and tolerance issues. In such cases, surgical removal of the colon is the only option available. Also, there is a rising need to develop preventive medicines that lower the risk of ulcerative colitis.

Tentative approval of candidates in pipeline

The growing incidence of ulcerative colitis and the presence of unmet needs have presented significant growth opportunities for vendors. Investments in R&D are being made to develop effective drugs. Z-206/Asacol (mesalazine) by Zeria, in collaboration with Kyowa Hakko Kirin, completed new drug application (NDA) filing in China, and it is in the Phase III stage of development in Europe and Canada. Similarly, Stelara by Janssen, etrolizumab by Genentech, Xeljanz by Pfizer, and Kappaproct by InDex Pharmaceuticals are some Phase III molecules that are expected to enter the market during the forecast period.

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According to the latest research report released by Technavio, the global ulcerative colitis market is likely to reach over USD 6 billion by 2020.


Technavio Research
Jesse Maida
Media & Marketing Executive
US: +1 630 333 9501
UK: +44 208 123 1770