The market for osteoarthritis therapeutics is anticipated to be marginally affected due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Among drug types, the use of corticosteroids has reduced. Although there is no evidence to suggest that corticosteroid injections lead to a substantial increase in the risk of infection, there is a possible reduction in the immune response for up to a few weeks following the procedure. While this risk is extremely low, it needs to be considered when deciding to proceed with the procedure.
It should also be noted that the WHO, in one of its guidelines for the management of severe acute respiratory infection in patients with coronavirus, suggested avoiding systemic corticosteroids.
[201 Pages Report] The osteoarthritis therapeutics market is projected to reach USD 11.0 billion by 2025 from USD 7.3 billion in 2020, at a CAGR of 8.7% from 2020 to 2025. The presence of a large geriatric and target patient population and the improving healthcare infrastructure in several APAC countries are expected to offer growth opportunities in the market during the forecast period.
The adoption of pain medications for the management of pain associated with osteoarthritis is expected to remain high over the coming decade, which is anticipated to propel the growth of the market during the study period.
Topical, oral, and parenteral pain medications are widely used to manage pain associated with osteoarthritis. Although alternatives such as orthopedic braces are used as part of a noninvasive approach for pain management, the adoption of pain medications for the condition is high owing to the ease of administration and the affordability of pain medications.
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OTC and prescription NSAIDs are widely used to relieve pain in osteoarthritis patients. As per a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information in 2019, more than 50% of osteoarthritis patients in the US are prescribed NSAIDs. Similarly, in Europe, of the total number of osteoarthritis patients using prescription medications (47%), 60% received NSAIDs.
The use of biomarkers to identify patients who are likely to respond to specific medical therapies may increase treatment response rates and reduce the risk of exposure to therapies that are unlikely to be effective or expose patients to serious treatment-related side-effects. The combination of unique biomarkers and baseline clinical characteristics such as sex and age may further enhance efforts to personalize treatment regimens for RA.