Acute Otitis Media Treatment Market Projected to witness a Single Digit CAGR during 2018 – 2026

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Acute otitis media (AOM) is inflammation of the fluid in the middle ear. AOM is the most common infection and mainly caused in children under the age of 7 years. According to an article published American Family Physician Journal in 2013, around 80% of children will have at least one episode of acute otitis media (AOM) before their school age. AOM is mainly caused by bacteria such as Streptococcus pneumoniae (strep) and Hemophilus influenzae (H. flu) and viruses. Bacteria account for 85% cases of AOM and viruses account for only 15%. AOM is mostly treated with antibiotics usually for 7–10 days and with some analgesic and anesthetic in order to the reduce pain.

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Market Dynamics

Increasing prevalence of acute otitis media is expected to be a major driver for growth of the market. Acute otitis media is a very common disease and occurs mostly in children, therefore, increasing prevalence of this disease is expected to increase demand for treatment drugs, thereby positively affecting market growth. According to an article published in The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, in 2013, prevalence of otitis media subtypes is between 7.1–12.8%. Furthermore, recent launches and FDA approvals for new drugs for the treatment of acute otitis media is also expected to drive the market growth in the near future. For instance, in 2015, Otonomy, Inc. received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its OTIPRIO (ciprofloxacin otic suspension) indicated for the treatment of pediatric patients with bilateral otitis media with effusion undergoing tympanostomy tube placement. In 2016, Otonomy, Inc. launched OTIPRIO in U.S. market.

Increasing prevalence of AOM disease is expected to drive growth of the acute otitis media treatment market

According to a research published in South African Medical Journal in 2014, global incidence rate of acute otitis media is 10.9% and it was estimated that 80% of children will have at least one episode of acute otitis media (AOM) before the age of 3. Increasing prevalence of acute otitis media is expected to create a conducive environment for growth of acute otitis media treatment market in near future. Furthermore, according to a study published in Formulary Journal in 2014, AOM accounted for healthcare expenditure of around US$ 314 per child per year in the U.S. which is additional US$ 2.88 billion healthcare expenditure. Moreover, stringent guidelines and recommendations in terms of treatment of AOM for children by various non-governmental and governmental bodies is expected to be factor for growth of the market. For instance, in 2013, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated the guidelines for treatment of AOM. AAP launched ‘The Diagnosis and Management of Acute Otitis Media’, in 2013, which provides recommendations to physicians for managing uncomplicated AOM in children. As compared to previous guideline published in 2004, the new guideline has added more criteria for diagnosing AOM. This update in guideline is expected to help in better diagnosis and higher treatment rate, which may boost growth of the global acute otitis media treatment market.

Launch of novel drugs is expected to support growth of acute otitis media treatment market in the near future

Launching of new products for acute otitis media treatment by key players are factors expected to create a conducive environment for market growth in the near future. For instance, in 2016, Laboratorios SALVAT S.A. and Arbor Pharmaceuticals, LLC launched its OTOVEL (ciprofloxacin 0.3 % and fluocinolone acetonide 0.025 %). This solution is indicated for the treatment of acute otitis media with tympanostomy tubes (AOMT) in pediatric patients. Moreover, in 2016, Otonomy, Inc. launched its OTIPRIO (ciprofloxacin otic suspension), indicated for the treatment of pediatric patients with bilateral acute otitis media in the U.S.

Presence of generic drugs, at much lower price compared to branded drugs, in market for the treatment of acute otitis media is the major factor which is expected to hamper the growth in near future. For instance, in 2015, Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. received US FDA approval to launch its generic antibiotic Cefixime in the U.S. market. Cefixime is a third generation cephalosporin indicated for the treatment of acute otitis media.

Furthermore, key players manufacturing drugs for treatment of acute otitis media are focusing on increasing their online presence, by launching websites, in order to expand their customer base. For instance, in 2013, Alcon launched its DROPS101 Web Tools — a mobile website that provides educational resource about commonly prescribed eye and ear treatments. DROPS101 Web Tools offers product information related to the treatment of acute otitis media.

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Key players operating in the acute otitis media treatment market include Pfizer, Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, Abbott Laboratories, GlaxoSmithKline plc., Bayer AG, Novartis AG, Pediapharm Inc., Sanofi S.A., and Bristol Myers Squibb Company.

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