Obesity Therapeutics to 2019 - Safety Concerns Hinder Drug Performance Despite Large Market Opportunity By GBI Research
Obesity Therapeutics to 2019 - Safety Concerns Hinder Drug
Performance Despite Large Market Opportunity
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GBI Research, the leading business intelligence provider, has released its latest research, “Obesity Therapeutics
to 2019 - Safety Concerns Hinder Drug Performance Despite Large Market Opportunity”. Obesity is often
described as a global endemic, with incidence dramatically increasing over the past decades, particularly in
developed countries. Being overweight or obese is a major risk factor in the development of many chronic
diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes, of which treatment incurs extensive economic
and healthcare costs. Numerous anti-obesity drugs have been approved in the past decade, including Knoll
Pharmaceutical’s Meridia (sibutramine) and Acomplia (rimonabant), only for them to be removed from the
market due to evidence of suicidal thoughts, depression and cardiovascular problems with their long-term use.
As such, healthcare professionals have a negative perception of such drugs and do not widely prescribe them, a
major barrier to the growth of the anti-obesity therapeutics market.
Only orlistat is currently deemed safe for the long-term treatment of obesity; being proven to produce a
placebo-adjusted weight-loss average of a limited 3kg. Two anti-obesity drugs were approved in June and July
2012, and GBI Research believes that only one, Vivus’ Qsymia, has a strong enough safety and efficacy (average
placebo-adjusted weight loss of 5kg at the medium dose) profile to make a significant impact on the market,
providing it is proven safe in long-term-use studies. If proven safe, GBI Research expects the sales of Qsymia and
other drugs expected to be approved over the forecast period to increase the market size to $2.7 billion.
Although moderate, this is significantly below the market potential given the size of the prevalence population.
Optimally safe and effective anti-obesity drugs which overcome healthcare professionals’ negative opinions will
have to be developed if the size of the market is ever to reflect the prevalence of obesity.
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•The report analyzes the incidence of obesity, current treatment options, pipeline and market
forecasts, and deals surrounding anti-obesity drugs.
•A brief introduction to obesity; detailed analysis of recent, current and projected incidence
trends; co-morbidities; economic implications of their treatment; and the current treatment
•Analysis of the currently marketed anti-obesity drugs, including recent sales figures, safety
and efficacy data, and a discussion of each drug’s expected performance within the forecast
•Comprehensive reviews of the pipeline for anti-obesity drugs, including analysis by molecule
type and mechanism of action
•Statistical analysis of clinical trial duration, size, and failure rate by Phase and molecule type
•An in-depth forecast model for the anti-obesity drugs market in the US, UK, France,
Germany, Italy, Spain and Japan. Each model is based on the anticipated market performance
of marketed drugs and those expected to be approved within the forecast period, and takes
into account drug cost, efficacy, safety, and likely prescription volumes.
•A detailed discussion of the drivers and barriers for this immature market.
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