The antimalarial drugs are used for the treatment and prevention of malaria infection. This market has been growing in recent years due to the high prevalence of malaria, especially in developing and underdeveloped countries. According to the “World Malaria Report 2018” by World Health Organization (WHO), there were an estimated 219 million cases and nearly 435,000 malaria-related deaths in 2017. Hence, the high prevalence of malaria is driving the growth of this market.
The other factors includes the increase in awareness initiatives by governments and research for new anti-malarial drugs and therapies are also helping this market grow. However, side-effects of anti-malarial drugs and presence of counterfeit and substandard drugs are restraining the overall growth of this market.
Key Market Trends
Artemisinin Compounds Segment is Expected to Register High Growth During the Forecast Period
The artemisinin-based compounds (ACTs) and the combination therapies (ACTs) for found to effective treatment being used for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria caused by the P. falciparum parasite. By combining 2 active ingredients with different mechanisms of action, ACTs are the most effective antimalarial medicines being currently available in the market.
According to the WHO Report, they currently recommend 5 ACTs for use against P. falciparum malaria. However, the increasing consumption of artemisinin based compounds and monotherapies will help the overall growth of the market.
Middle East and Africa Holds a Large Share of the Market Growth During the Forecast Period
Middle East and Africa has been accounted for the major market share and is expected to continue this trend, owing to rapid surge in prevalence of malaria in the region. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were an estimated 228 million cases of malaria worldwide in 2018, out of which WHO African Region carried a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. Therefgore the Middle East and Africa region is expected to have one of the largest share in the total anti-malarial drugs market.
On the other side, Asia-Pacific is also estimated to register the fastest growth due to the increase in awareness regarding the use of antimalarial drugs for early diagnosis of the infection for better treatment.
Majority of the anti-malarial drug are being manufactured by the global key players. Market leaders with more funds for research and better distribution system have established their position in the market. These global players are mostly based in developed countries like United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan. Asia-pacific is also witnessing an emergence of some small players which has helped the market grow and increased the competitiveness.
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