OA pain is the second largest segment of the overall chronic pain market, affecting more than 90 million patients in the G7. The OA pain market represents a lucrative opportunity for drug developers given the persistent unmet need for more effective and safe therapies, particularly those with a novel and distinct mechanism of action that strongly correlates with the nature of this type of pain. OA pain is predominantly treated with cost-effective generic NSAIDs and opioid analgesics, although branded agents such as costly abuse-deterrent reformulations of opioid analgesics, new combinations of existing NSAIDs that attempt to mitigate side effects, and intra-articular injections are also frequently prescribed in later lines of therapy. Emerging therapies, such as biological drugs from Pfizer / Eli Lilly and Regeneron / Teva / Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma targeting NGF, and the increasing number of patients diagnosed with OA pain due to lifestyle influences will be key drivers for growth through 2028.

Questions answered:

  • How do interviewed experts perceive the OA pain marketplace to be changing given the emphasis on the risk of abuse / misuse with opioid analgesics?
  • What effect will the recent launches of new analgesics such as Flexion Therapeutics' Zilretta and Iroko’s Vivlodex continue to have on the treatment paradigm?
  • What will the impact of a new drug class, the anti-NGF biologics, be on the treatment landscape given their demonstrably robust efficacy tempered by lingering concerns about safety issues seen in clinical trials?

Markets covered: United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Japan.

Primary research: Thirteen country-specific interviews with thought-leading pain specialists and rheumatologists, supported by survey data collected for this and other DRG research.

Epidemiology: Diagnosed prevalence and drug-treated rates of OA pain by country.

Emerging therapies: Phase III / preregistration / registration: 8 drugs; Phase II: 7 drugs; coverage of select Phase I products.

Market forecast features: 10-year, annualized, drug-level sales and patient share of key analgesics through 2028, segmented by brands / generics.

Key companies: Acorda Therapeutics, Ampio Pharmaceuticals, Astellas, Centrexion, Collegium Pharmaceutical, Eli Lilly, Flexion Therapeutics, Iroko Pharmaceuticals, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma, Nektar Therapeutics, Pfizer, Purdue Pharma, Regeneron, Samumed, Teva.

Key drugs: acetaminophen / hydrocodone, Ampion, cebranopadol, celecoxib, CNTX-4975, fasinumab, Hysingla ER (hydrocodone ER), lorecivivint, Nucynta IR / ER (tapentadol IR / ER), oxycodegol (NKTR-181), oxycodone CR (OxyContin, generics), oxycodone ER (Xtampza ER), Qutenza (8% capsaicin patch), tanezumab, tramadol, Vivlodex (meloxicam, low dose), Zilretta (triamcinolone ER, injectable).

Product Description: Disease Landscape & Forecast provides comprehensive market intelligence with world-class epidemiology, keen insight into current treatment paradigms, in-depth pipeline assessments, and drug forecasts supported by detailed primary and secondary research.

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Author(s): Joyce Spadafora, ALM; Abey John, MPH; Bethany A. Kiernan, PhD; Audreza Das, P.G. Dip. ; Shefali Gulati, MBA Pharm

Joyce is a business insights analyst in Decision Resources Group’s central nervous systems and ophthalmology division, where she provides expert insight into commercial aspects of drug development and market sizing across psychiatric and pain indications. She has worked extensively in DRG’s schizophrenia and chronic pain content.

Prior to joining DRG, Joyce spent several years in the biotech industry focused in research and development and in biotech consulting. Her project experience covered indications including psychiatry, pain, infectious diseases, respiratory, and ophthalmology. Beyond my therapeutic and industry knowledge, she holds a Masters in Extension Studies in Psychology from Harvard University and a B.S in Mechanical Engineering with Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Abey John is a medical graduate with a Master’s in Public Health and has been associated with DRG since September 2015. He works with a global team of epidemiologists in performing systematic reviews of assigned diseases and prepare forecast models for clients. He also is involved in producing analyses for pharmaceutical drug developers on the descriptive epidemiology of major drug indications in mature and developing markets and have an overall experience of three years working in different healthcare sectors across the country.

Prior to joining DRG, Abey had been working with Jhpiego (an affiliate of Johns Hopkins Medical University) in implementing Family Planning Health Programs in India with collaborating with the Government of India. He also has worked with a grassroots level NGO as a health team manager which worked for the benefit of the rural population living in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Bethany A. Kiernan, Ph.D., is a senior director in the central nervous system/ophthalmology disorders unit of Decision Resources Group. While at Decision Resources Group, Dr. Kiernan has covered the market dynamics of numerous indications, including schizophrenia, depression, migraine, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and other disorders.

Dr. Kiernan’s previous experience includes eight years of scientific research conducted at Tufts University School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, and the College of the Holy Cross. Dr. Kiernan earned her Ph.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Audreza Das is a Senior Analyst in the CNS/Ophthalmology team at Decision Resources Group

She has authored content across indications, including neuropathic pain, age-related macular degeneration, treatment-related depression, painful diabetic neuropathy, and migraine. Ms. Das has previously worked at Novo Nordisk, as a Market Analyst for European markets. Previous experience at a SME, included developing disease competitive landscapes, covering global conferences etc. Ms. Das received her B.E. degree in Biotechnology from Birla Institute of Technology, a deemed university and her P.G. Diploma in Cancer Immunology & Biotechnology from University of Nottingham.

Shefali Gulati, Associate analyst, is part of the Central Nervous System, Pain, and Ophthalmology team at Decision Resources Group.

She is responsible for performing extensive secondary market research and analysis for major pharmaceutical markets. She comes with one year of experience working on multiple client projects revolving around opportunity assessment, competitive landscape, pipeline analysis, and key product profiling. She holds a MBA degree in Pharmaceutical Management from the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) in India and Bachelor’s in Pharmacy from DIPSAR.