CAPE TOWN, South Africa, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Expanding therapeutic areas are creating significant opportunities for growth within the Kenyan pharmaceutical industry. Although infectious diseases are still responsible for the largest burden of disease in Kenya, non-communicable diseases are becoming a major problem, with the incidence of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer increasing rapidly.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.pharma.frost.com), Strategic Analysis of the Pharmaceutical Industry in Kenya, finds that the market earned $208.6 million in 2007 and estimates this to reach $557.8 million in 2014. The analysis covered generic pharmaceuticals, branded pharmaceuticals, anti-diabetic pharmaceuticals, oncology pharmaceuticals, cardiovascular pharmaceuticals and anti-infective pharmaceuticals.
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"The prevalence of diabetes is reported to be between 6 and 10 per cent, and an estimated 3.5 million people suffer from diabetes in Kenya," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Jolize Gerber. "The number of diagnosed cases in 2007 was over two million, of which approximately 1.8 million were reported to be type II diabetics. The anti-diabetic pharmaceutical market in Kenya earned revenues of $18.0 million in 2007 and is estimated to reach $29.0 million in 2014."
This heightened prevalence of type II diabetes is due to rapid changes in culture, an aging population, increasing urbanisation, dietary changes and the rise of sedentary lifestyles.
The Kenyan Ministry of Health is currently developing a comprehensive control programme for diabetes. Part of this treatment programme consists of raising awareness on the symptoms of diabetes and mobilising the population to visit diabetes clinics. This would ultimately improve the ratio of diagnosed cases, fuelling the growth of anti-diabetic treatments.
"Thirty nine main clinics and 113 mini clinics have been set up by the DMI and MoH in recent years," says Gerber. "However, there remains a pressing need to provide good quality but affordable anti-diabetic medication to these clinics as well as to private hospitals."
A key restraint in this market is, however, the prevailing poverty and illiteracy in Kenya. The population also has limited access to health facilities. This has led to 42.6 per cent of diabetic cases being undiagnosed, and hence, left untreated, causing these patients to develop secondary complications.
"The lack of stringent control measures has also led to the continued presence of counterfeit and substandard medications in the Kenyan market," states Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Jolize Gerber. "However, stricter enforcement of regulations, growth of the generic pharmaceuticals market and expansion of public treatment programmes will fuel future growth of the pharmaceutical industry."
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Strategic Analysis of the Pharmaceutical Industry in Kenya
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