Branded Injectables to 2020
|発行||Greystone Research Associates||商品コード||300894|
Advances in coatings and device designs have led to prefilled biologicals in patient-friendly drug-device combination products that were not possible just a few years ago. Prefilled drug cartridges have reduced the cost of injectable pens and autoinjectors, making them accessible to a larger segment of the chronically ill. Injectors with advanced features such as variable dosing, dose counters and audible cues are making self-administration safer for patients prescribed immune modulators with black box warnings. To streamline the drug-device development process, drug developers are increasingly aligning themselves with device suppliers, increasing the level of concurrent engineering, identifying design challenges earlier and minimizing possible delays that could result. This trend represents risks for injectable drug firms competing for device solutions for their sophisticated formulations. It is also an opportunity for smaller device suppliers who are able to demonstrate the financial and technological resources to address the needs of injectable drug developers.
The administration of therapeutic drugs via injection is an indispensable delivery method for numerous drugs critical to patient health and well-being. Now this segment is evolving in response to changing patient populations, new classes of powerful therapeutic drugs and healthcare administration initiatives. A longer life span is expected to translate to a growing number of patients diagnosed with chronic conditions. To counteract the financial and medical infrastructure implications of this trend, pressure from the public sector and managed care organizations will place a premium on therapeutic self-administration, an expectation that is creating an increased interest in routes of administration that are patientfriendly and cost-effective. Pharma company decision makers have come to the realization that for many products, success no longer only depends on the medication itself but also on achieving a consumer-compatible form of packaging and application.
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