Decision Resources, Inc., a global leader in research and advisory services focusing on pharmaceutical and health care issues, forecasts that major-market sales for metabolic syndrome drug treatments will increase at an annual rate of 2.8 percent to approximately $13 billion by 2013.

According to the new Pharmacor study entitled Metabolic Syndrome, this growth will be driven by the increasing acceptance of metabolic syndrome as a bona fide disorder that merits pharmacological treatment as an entity distinct from its individual disease components. Additionally, the launch of novel weight-loss agents and drugs that raise HDL cholesterol will contribute to the expansion of the metabolic syndrome market.

"There are varying clinical interpretations of metabolic syndrome because of the lack of a consensus definition, treatment guidelines, and agents specifically approved for this disorder," said Donny Wong, Ph.D., analyst at Decision Resources. "Despite these constraints, we estimate that, in 2003, the metabolic syndrome market totaled $9.7 billion in the United States, Europe, and Japan."

While analyzing sales for metabolic syndrome, Decision Resources focused on agents labeled for at least one of the underlying disease components -- type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and obesity -- that also have clinical effects on another risk factor.

About Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a clustering of abnormalities that includes obesity, hyperglycemia, high blood pressure, and atherogenic dyslipidemia. Advances in scientific knowledge, the increasing prevalence of obesity, and the disorder's role in contributing to cardiovascular disease and diabetes are fueling interest in metabolic syndrome.

About Decision Resources

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