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Wearable Patch Pumps that Deliver Drugs Subcutaneously Filling an Unmet Need

03-13-2017 09:46 AM CET | Health & Medicine

Press release from: Greystone Research Associates

(Amherst, NH) – As the number of patients diagnosed with chronic diseases continues to grow, the pharma and biotech industries are rising to address the therapeutic needs of these patients by developing and manufacturing new drugs based on new NCEs (New Chemical Entities) – powerful drugs that treat conditions in new and novel ways. At the intersection of these two trends is the need to self-administer powerful and effective drug therapies safely, consistently and accurately. This need has spawned several innovations in drug delivery design. One of the most promising is the patch pump – a drug reservoir-containing device that can be worn by the patient to administer a drug over an extended period of time.

Patch pumps are the convergence of several technologies into a single drug delivery device package. In doing so, this class of devices overcomes a number of shortcomings and limitations, while simplifying the drug administration event at the patient interface. While the early patch pumps focused on insulin delivery, the market has evolved to include a growing number of devices that have been designed and developed to be API agnostic.

The patch pump drug delivery segment is currently comprised of about a dozen players. The product strategies that are represented by these market segment participants range from simple mechanical, manually activated reservoir devices that adhere to the skin, to variations on existing external wearable drug pump products that are designed to be more user-friendly, ergonomic and in tune with active patient lifestyles.

At the highest level, the patch pump device segment consists of electronic devices and mechanical devices. Mechanical patch pumps do not have microprocessors or other types of integrated circuits, delivery the drug via a mechanical force, and provide a constant, fixed basal insulin dosage. Electronic patch pumps rely on a microprocessor for determining the rate of drug – for example basal insulin administration - using algorithms and capturing user preferences for future use. Some models feature algorithms that support delivery of boluses in standard, dual-wave, and square-wave forms.

A secondary market for patch pumps addresses the growing interest in patent extension and product re-positioning. Companies wishing to migrate drugs from intravenous delivery to subcutaneous administration must address the issue of injection device design/selection. While formulation/re-formulation and injection site modification are promising in their own rite, product designers must still deal with primary packaging and subcutaneous administration via device specification.

We expect the patch pump drug delivery segment to be eventually dominated by established medical device companies. The key driver for growth and market penetration will be electronic systems that incorporate a microprocessor-based remote controller that interfaces with the wearable reservoir delivery component.

More information is available at http://www.greystoneassociates.org

Source: Greystone Research Associates

About Greystone

Greystone Research Associates is a medical technology consulting firm focused on the areas of medical market strategy, product commercialization, venture development, and market research. We assist medical and healthcare market participants in achieving their business objectives through the creation of detailed development strategies, product commercialization programs, and comprehensive market and technology research and analysis. Our market research publications are designed, researched and written to provide timely and insightful information and data on focused market segments, with the aim of providing market participants with the essential knowledge to refine and execute their marketing plans and financial targets.

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Greystone Research Associates
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Amherst, NH 03031 USA
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www.greystoneassociates.org

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