London, United Kingdom, August 11, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are inflammatory disorders characterised by variable airflow obstruction and airway hyper-responsiveness to a variety of intrinsic, genetic and environmental stimuli. Those disorders are one of the leading causes of disability and death. Their prevalence and incidence are increasing worldwide.
At present, drug therapies aim for management of those disorders by use of inhaled corticosteroids (ICs), short and long-acting beta-agonists (SABAs/LABAs) and combination drugs. The asthma and COPD drug market is large, with six of the top ten drugs being blockbusters. The top three products had combined sales of $17.45 bn in 2010. Those drugs are GSK's Seretide/Advair, Merck's Singulair and Boehringer Ingelheim's Spiriva.
Several of the blockbuster treatments will lose patent protection this decade. Dr Syed Ahmed, senior healthcare industry analyst, said: "We estimate that $15 to $20bn worth of drugs in this segment will lose patent protection in the next five to seven years. Patients will benefit from cheaper generic products, while pharmaceutical companies have an opportunity to launch efficacious products to cater for several unmet needs in this market."
Visiongain forecasts that the overall asthma and COPD therapies market will grow steadily to 2021. Patients, healthcare providers and drug developers will benefit from new treatments, answering the therapeutic challenges, the report concludes. This new study adds to Visiongain's wide range of analytical reports in healthcare and other industry areas.
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Table of Contents
1. Executive Summary
2. Introduction to Asthma & COPD Therapies
3. The Asthma & COPD Therapies Market, 2011-2021
4. GlaxoSmithKline's Contribution to the Asthma & COPD Market
5. Merck's Contribution to the Asthma & COPD Market
6. Boehringer Ingelheim's Contribution to the Asthma & COPD Market
7. AstraZeneca's Contribution to the Asthma & COPD Market
8. Novartis' Contribution to the Asthma & COPD Market
9. SWOT Analysis: Factors Influencing the Market
10. Conclusions from Our Study
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