The U.S. is expected to account for around one-third of the total share in the global benzodiazepine drugs market by 2026. Growing prevalence of anxiety in parallel with rising awareness regarding benzodiazepine drugs is reflecting on increasing opportunities for players in the U.S. market. As per a report by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), each year, over 40 Mn adults in the U.S. suffer from anxiety disorders.
Presence of a large number of hospital and retail pharmacies further makes it easy for individuals to purchase benzodiazepine drugs. A significant influence of high concentration of leading players is also auguring well for the U.S. benzodiazepine drugs market, which has been discussed in detail, in a recent study.
Key Highlights of Benzodiazepine Drugs Market Study
- Easy accessibility is a key feature driving substantial sales of benzodiazepine drugs through retail pharmacies. By 2026, these pharmacies are projected to record value tantamount to US$ 1.4 Bn. Additionally, sales prospects for benzodiazepine drugs are likely to grow during the forecast period, as consumers are evincing high interest in online pharmacies.
- Popularity of short-acting benzodiazepine drugs is expected to increase during the forecast period, as these induce less hangover effect and take relatively short time of action. On the back of this, around 77% of the total share would be attributable to the sales of short-acting benzodiazepine drugs.
- Being a highly prevalent disorder among individuals leading a demanding lifestyle, anxiety is projected to account for a sizeable share tantamount to around 53% in the benzodiazepine drugs market during the forecast period.
- Reduction in the number of prescriptions for benzodiazepine drugs, especially in countries such as the U.S., the U.K., and Canada, would impede market growth during the forecast period.
A subject matter expert opines, “Regulations regarding development of benzodiazepine drugs are relatively stringent in developed regions such as North America and Europe, which opens ground for branded as well as generic drugs in developing regions. As a result, entry barriers in developed regions would be high, while those in developing regions would be moderate.”
High Popularity of Generic Drugs Puts Pressure on Branded Products of Leading Players
The benzodiazepine drugs market features fragmentation, as leading players operate under the constant pressure of patent expiration of branded products. High investments made towards the development of innovative and new products by leading players intensifies pressure to achieve the desired RoI. For instance, in 2017, F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG invested around one-fifth of the total revenue to strengthen the pipeline of innovative products. Stringent regulations on innovative drugs further make it difficult for leading players to gain desired marketability.
On the other side, the focus of prominent and leading players is on achieving better penetration into the benzodiazepine drugs market through the development of generic drugs. Growing sales of generic benzodiazepine drugs is putting pressure on leading players to squeeze their profit margins and adopt a cost-competitive strategy to have better sales prospects.