With intensifying competition in the global kidney cancer drugs market, key players are focusing on enhancing their product portfolio, finds a recent study by Transparency Market Research (TMR). In 2013, the top three players, namely, Novartis AG, Pfizer Inc., and Bayer AG, collectively accounted for a share of more than 80% in this highly consolidated market.
The rivalry between these players is expected to increase significantly in the coming years with their shifting focus towards expanding their distribution networks in emerging economies of Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East to strengthen their geographical presence. According to TMR, the opportunity presented by the global market for kidney cancer drugs was worth US$2.6 bn in 2013. Increasing at a CAGR of 6.60% between 2014 and 2020, the market is anticipated to reach a valuation of US$4.5 bn by the end of the forecast period.
Increasing Pool of Kidney Cancer Patients Creates Huge Demand
A substantial rise in the prevalence of kidney cancer has been witnessed across the world. According to SEER program of the U.S. National Cancer Institute, a total of 358,603 U.S. residents were diagnosed with renal pelvis and kidney cancer in 2011. By 2014, SEER estimated the pool of kidney cancer patients in the U.S. alone to reach a number of approximately 64,000.
The increase in tobacco consumption, rise in the global base of the geriatric population, growing prevalence of obesity, and various genetic and hereditary issues are the key factors behind this rise in the pool of kidney cancer patients in the U.S. and across the world. “This significant surge in the patient pool has created a huge demand for kidney cancer drugs, which is likely to remain the main cause fuelling this market over the next few years,” states an analyst at TMR.
In addition, the recent approval of novel targeted drugs and therapies for the treatment of kidney cancer is projected to have a positive influence on the global kidney cancer drugs market in the forthcoming years, notes the study.
High Cost of Kidney Cancer Drugs to Impede Sales
Although the demand for kidney cancer drugs is witnessing a steady rise, its growth trajectory may face obstructions in the near future due to the high cost of these drugs. For a monthly dose, the prices for various cancer treatment drugs, including kidney cancer drugs, range from US$5,000 to approximately US$100,000, which makes them less affordable for general people.
As a result, the preference of generic drug variants has been increasing across the world, which is likely decrease the sale of kidney cancer drugs in the long run, creating a negative impact on the market’s growth rate.
Asia Pacific to Present Lucrative Opportunities for Market Growth
With a revenue of US$1.2 bn, North America emerged as the key regional contributor to this market in 2013. The region is anticipated to remain dominant throughout the period of forecast. The most promising opportunities, however, will be presented by Asia Pacific in the coming years. The revenue generated by kidney cancer drugs in this region is likely to expand at a CAGR of 7.90% between 2014 and 2020.
In 2013, Sutent was the most preferred drug for the treatment of kidney cancer. However, by 2020, Votrient is likely to dominate the market in terms of demand, states the research report.
The study presented here is based on a report by Transparency Market Research (TMR) titled “Kidney Cancer Drugs Market (Major Drugs - Global Industry Analysis, Pipeline Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2020.”
Key segments of the Global Kidney Cancer Drugs Market
By Major Branded Drugs
- Sutent (Sunitinib)
- Nexavar (Sorafenib)
- Afinitor (Everolimus)
- Votrient (Pazopanib)
- Inlyta (Axitinib)
- Avastin (Bevacizumab)
- Torisel (Temsirolimus)
- Proleukin (Aldesleukin)
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of the World (RoW)
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