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Stakeholder Insight: Osteoarthritis - Drug development lags behind rising osteoarthritis population
Datamonitor expect osteoarthritis prevalence to grow by over 10 million by 2020, owing mainly to an aging population. In the near-term the approach to treatment will remain constant, with improved side-effects dominating the unmet needs. However, therapies which target the underlying causes of osteoarthritis have the potential to reshape osteoarthritis treatment.
The estimated diagnosis rate of 55% reflects a lack of treatment-seeking by mild sufferers of the disease, who often resort to self-medication. This equates to nearly 37 million undiagnosed patients in 2009 and with a predicted rise in osteoarthritis numbers this is a market with growth potential.
Pain-relieving drugs, particularly, oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the foundation of pharmacological therapy in osteoarthritis. Physicians continue to be concerned over NSAID toxicity, with three-quarters of severe patients who are receiving NSAIDs currently co-prescribed a gastroprotectant.
Physicians are generally unsatisfied with current osteoarthritis pharmacological treatments. A clear need for alternative drugs exists to treat this prevalent condition. 41% of physicians ranked disease modifying osteoarthritis drugs (DMOADs) as the highest unmet need, but the majority of physicians estimate that DMOADs are 8 years from the market.
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