APAC non-small cell lung cancer market to double

Asia-Pacific non-small cell lung cancer market to soar to $6.2 billion by 2023, says GBI Research

The non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) market in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region will more than double from $3 billion in 2016 to $6.2bn by 2023, according to business intelligence provider GBI Research.

The company’s latest report states that this growth will follow the introduction of a number of premium therapies such as Yervoy and necitumumab.

Immune-checkpoint inhibitors, such as Opdivo and Keytruda, will also drive growth, with the former recently gaining approval in Japan, Australia and South Korea; the latter approved only in Japan and currently undergoing Phase III trials in China, Australia, and South Korea.

The market share of generic treatments will decline as premium targeted therapies enter the market.

Gayathri Kanika, Analyst for GBI Research, explains: “Owing to strong clinical performances, immune-checkpoint inhibitors will have a greater uptake than other second-line market entrants and will compete among themselves for market share in the APAC region.”

“Chemotherapy will remain an integral aspect of NSCLC treatment, with platinum-based regimens being crucial in the first-line setting for all patients and docetaxel being a key therapy for second-line patients.”

“However, the market share of these generic treatments will slowly decline as premium targeted therapies enter the market during the forecast period.”

Although new targeted and immuno-therapies will drive market growth, they will also increase the degree of NSCLC market segmentation and the complexity of the treatment algorithm, owing to their enhanced efficacy in specific patient populations.

The entry of targeted therapies into the market will offset the effect of patent expiries.

Currently, treatment is primarily determined based on histology and molecular characterisations. Non-squamous patients having greater access to therapy. Patients with epidermal growth factor receptor or anaplastic lymphoma receptor tyrosine kinase mutations have access to premium targeted therapies.

Kanika continues: “Broadly speaking, histological and molecular characterisation of tumours will play an even more important role in determining the best treatment options in the NSCLC market.”

“The entry of targeted therapies into the market will offset the effect of patent expiries for drugs such as Avastin, Alimta, and Tarceva, which will have a limited impact on the market between 2016 and 2023.”

“Indeed, the limited effect of patent expiry on the NSCLC market is one of the main reasons for the substantial growth in value expected in the forecast period, as the introduction of numerous premium therapies will not be offset by generic erosion.”

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