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Immunotherapy Drugs Market In-Depth Overview of Product Specification, Technology, Product Type, Demand and Production Analysis

Checkpoint inhibitors and vaccines are the two major types of immunotherapy drugs analyzed in the report. Of these, checkpoint inhibitors held a larger share in the immunotherapy drugs market, accounting for 66.3% in 2017. Checkpoint inhibitors are the first preference for the treatment of chronic diseases, as they provide better and effective treatment results. These drugs act directly on site of action, without delaying the effect of medicine, and are thus being highly adopted for the treatment of several diseases. Some of the major checkpoint inhibitors brand available in the market are Humira, Rituxan/MabThera, Herceptin, Remicade, and Enbrel.

Based on therapy area, the immunotherapy drugs market has been categorized into cancer, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, and infectious diseases. Of these, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases is expected to be the fastest growing category, at a CAGR of 14.8% during the forecast period.

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The report provides epidemiology analysis for cancer, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, and infectious diseases. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2018, 18.1 million people are estimated to be suffering from cancer globally, which is expected to reach 29.5 million by 2040. Another study conducted by the American Medical Association (AMA) between 2005–2015, reported that the incident of cancer cases increased by 33% during this period, of which 16.4% of the cases were due to aging population.

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The report also covers pricing and reimbursement scenario for immunotherapy drugs on the universal level and for major countries such as the U.S., Belgium, the U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Japan, China, and Australia. For instance, a reimbursement scenario in the U.K. has impacted the cost of the drugs. Keytruda is an immunotherapy drug used for the treatment of melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC), urothelial carcinoma, gastric cancer, and cervical cancer. Keytruda generally costs up to $84,000 to the patients. To reduce the cost of this drug, the National Health Service (NHS) England; a publicly funded national healthcare system, and Merck & Co. Inc. entered into an agreement in June 2018, to reimburse the cost of this drug and provide it for routine use as per the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommendations. NICE recommends NHS to provide reimbursements for this drug and make it affordable for the patients.

Some of the other leading players operating in the global immunotherapy drugs market are F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., AbbVie Inc., AstraZeneca PLC, Merck & Co. Inc., GlaxoSmithKline plc, Novartis International AG, Johnson & Johnson, Amgen Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Eli Lilly and Company, Sanofi, Medigene AG, C. H. Boehringer Sohn AG & Co. KG, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, and Celgene Corporation.