United States Specialty Generics Market: Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2023-2028

United States Specialty Generics Market: Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2023-2028

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Market Overview:

The United States specialty generics market size reached US$ 26.1 Billion in 2022. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 47.0 Billion by 2028, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 9.6% during 2023-2028. The increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, continual technological advancements in technology and manufacturing processes, and the augmenting demand for cost containment and healthcare expenditure reduction, are among the key factors driving the market growth.

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United States Specialty Generics Market Size in 2022 US$ 26.1 Billion
United States Specialty Generics Market Forecast in 2028 US$ 47.0 Billion
United States Specialty Generics Market Growth Rate 2023-2028 9.6%

Specialty generics, also known as complex generics or value-added generics, refer to a specific category of generic drugs that are more complex than traditional generic medications. They exhibit properties such as extended-release, targeted drug delivery, improved solubility, or enhanced stability. They are designed to provide cost-effective alternatives to brand-name drugs that have more sophisticated delivery systems or formulations. Specialty generics may utilize advanced drug delivery systems to achieve controlled release, improve bioavailability, or enhance patient compliance. In addition to this, they provide more affordable alternatives to brand-name drugs, allowing patients and healthcare systems to reduce medication costs.

The market in the United States is majorly driven by the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases. In line with this, the growing geriatric population that is more susceptible to developing a wide range of chronic ailments is providing an impetus to the market. Additionally, the growing emphasis on personalized medicine and precision healthcare is acting as a significant growth-inducing factor for the market. Besides this, an enhanced focus on biosimilars is resulting in the expanding access to affordable alternatives for complex biologic therapies, thereby fueling the market. Furthermore, the paradigm shift towards value-based care and accountable care organizations is fueling adoption of specialty generics as cost-efficient and evidence-based treatment options. Apart from this, the implementation of favorable government initiatives promoting generic drugs in healthcare facilities is creating a positive market outlook.

United States Specialty Generics Market Trends/Drivers:

Continual technological Advancements in Technology and Manufacturing Processes

The United States specialty generics market is driven by continual advancements in technology and manufacturing processes. Numerous innovations in the formulation techniques, drug delivery systems, and manufacturing methods enable the production of high-quality specialty generics with improved therapeutic profiles and enhanced patient experience. Advancements such as the development of novel drug delivery systems, including transdermal patches and extended-release formulations, allow for more convenient administration and improved patient adherence. Moreover, the introduction of various advanced manufacturing processes, such as continuous manufacturing and automation, enhance production efficiency and reduce costs, making specialty generics more accessible and affordable for patients and healthcare providers. The integration of advanced technologies in the development and manufacturing of specialty generics drives market growth by expanding treatment options and improving overall product quality.

The Augmenting Demand for Cost Containment and Healthcare Expenditure Reduction

The escalating demand for cost containment and the reduction of healthcare expenditures is a crucial driver of the United States specialty generics market. With the increasing burden of healthcare costs, payers and healthcare systems are actively implementing strategies to manage expenses without compromising patient care. Specialty generics offer an attractive solution, as they provide high-quality treatment options at lower costs compared to branded drugs. The cost advantages associated with specialty generics enable healthcare systems to allocate resources more efficiently, ensuring the affordability and accessibility of essential medications. By leveraging cost-effective alternatives, payers and healthcare providers can navigate the financial challenges of the healthcare landscape while maintaining the quality and effectiveness of treatments. Furthermore, the expiration of patents stimulates innovation in the specialty generics sector, encouraging the development of novel formulations and delivery methods. This expiration creates competition, leading to lower prices and expanded access to critical medications.

United States Specialty Generics Industry Segmentation:

IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the United States specialty generics market report, along with forecasts for the period 2023-2028. Our report has categorized the market based on route of administration, therapeutic application and distribution channel.

Breakup by Route of Administration:

  • Injectables
  • Oral
  • Others

Injectables represents the most widely used product type

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the route of administration. This includes injectables, oral and others. According to the report, injectables represented the largest segment.

Injectables are often used in hospitals and healthcare facilities, and the demand for cost-effective alternatives to branded injectable drugs is driving the growth of this segment. Also, the rising number of patients requiring injectable medications, particularly for chronic diseases, is fueling the demand for specialty generics in the injectables segment. Additionally, the expiration of patents for certain injectable drugs has opened up opportunities for generic manufacturers to enter the market and offer more affordable options, contributing to the growth of this segment.

On the other hand, the growing need for more accessible oral medications, especially for chronic diseases requiring long-term treatment is fueling the oral segment. Specialty generics in the oral segment provide affordable alternatives for patients. The increasing patient demand for generic oral drugs, driven by factors such as rising healthcare costs and the need for affordable treatment options, is also supporting the growth of this segment. As the number of therapeutic areas that require oral medications expands, there is a corresponding increase in the demand for specialty generics to provide cost-effective options for patients.

Breakup by Therapeutic Application:

  • Oncology
  • Hepatitis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • HIV
  • Other Autoimmune Diseases
  • Others

Oncology represents the most widely preferred segment

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the therapeutic application. This includes oncology, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, HIV, other autoimmune diseases and others. According to the report, oncology represented the largest segment.

The high incidence and prevalence of cancer are key drivers of the oncology segment. Specialty generics in oncology provide affordable alternatives to branded drugs, enhancing access to cancer treatments. Also, the high cost burden associated with branded cancer drugs has created a demand for more cost-effective options. Furthermore, the development and availability of biosimilars, which are biological products similar to existing approved drugs, provide options for more affordable cancer treatments, driving the growth of specialty generics in the oncology segment.

On the other hand, the United States has a significant patient population affected by hepatitis, which is driving the demand for more affordable treatment options. Specialty generics offer cost-effective alternatives to branded drugs, contributing to the growth of this segment. The availability of specialty generics for hepatitis ensures broader access to treatment for patients, particularly those who may face financial barriers to branded medications. Moreover, the rising number of patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) is a key driver for specialty generics in this segment. With advancements in MS treatment, there is an increasing range of drugs available in the market. This creates opportunities for specialty generics to offer more affordable alternatives to branded medications, propelling the growth in this segment.

Additionally, specialty generics in the HIV segment provide affordable treatment options, allowing more patients to access necessary medications. The expiration of patents for certain antiretroviral drugs has opened up opportunities for generic manufacturers to enter the market. This has led to an increase in the availability of specialty generics for HIV treatment, thereby impelling the segment. Furthermore, the increasing prevalence of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and others is driving the demand for specialty generics in this segment. Autoimmune diseases often require long-term treatment, and the cost burden can be significant. Specialty generics provide cost-effective alternatives, making them more accessible to patients and contributing to the growth of this segment.

Breakup by Distribution channel:

  • Retail Pharmacies
  • Specialty Pharmacies
  • Hospital Pharmacies

Retail pharmacies account for the majority of the market share

A detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the distribution channel has also been provided in the report. This includes retail pharmacies, specialty pharmacies and hospital pharmacies.  According to the report, retail pharmacies accounted for the largest market share.

Retail pharmacies play a significant role in the market on account of their enhanced accessibility and convenience. With a vast network spanning urban and rural regions, retail pharmacies offer easy access to medications for a vast range of consumers, thereby simplifying the distribution of specialty generic drugs. Moreover, retail pharmacies have long-standing relationships with major insurance providers. This enables them to handle insurance claims efficiently, making specialty generics more affordable for a larger consumer base.

Furthermore, the rapid outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent public health initiatives has highlighted the critical role of retail pharmacies. Their local presence and the trust they have built with communities have enabled them to play a significant role in administering COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, further increasing their reach and strengthening their relationship with customers.

Competitive Landscape:

The top players in the market are focusing on research and development (R&D) to introduce new specialty generic products. They are also entering into strategic acquisitions, collaborations and partnerships to expand their product portfolios. In addition to this, the key companies are upgrading and expanding their manufacturing facilities to increase production capacity, improve efficiency, and ensure quality standards are met. By focusing on therapeutic areas with high demand and limited competition, the major companies are emphasizing on launching value-added generic alternatives to patented drugs in the market. Additionally, these players are focusing on aggressive marketing initiatives to attract a wider audience and enhance their market presence.

The report has provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the United States shrimp market. Detailed profiles of all major companies have also been provided.

United States Specialty Generics Market Report Scope:

Report Features Details
Base Year of the Analysis 2022
Historical Period 2017-2022
Forecast Period 2023-2028
Units US$ Billion
Scope of the Report Exploration of Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Predictive Market Assessment:
  • Route of Administration
  • Therapeutic Application
  • Distribution Channel
Route of Administrations Covered Injectables, Oral, Others
Therapeutic Applications Covered Oncology, Hepatitis, Multiple Sclerosis, HIV, Other Autoimmune Diseases, Others
Distribution channels Covered Retail Pharmacies, Specialty Pharmacies, Hospital Pharmacies
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Key Benefits for Stakeholders:

  • IMARC’s report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the United States specialty generics market from 2017-2028.
  • The research study provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the United States specialty generics market.
  • Porter's five forces analysis assist stakeholders in assessing the impact of new entrants, competitive rivalry, supplier power, buyer power, and the threat of substitution. It helps stakeholders to analyze the level of competition within the United States specialty generics industry and its attractiveness.
  • Competitive landscape allows stakeholders to understand their competitive environment and provides an insight into the current positions of key players in the market.

Key Questions Answered in This Report

The United States specialty generics market was valued at US$ 26.1 Billion in 2022.

We expect the United States specialty generics market to exhibit a CAGR of 9.6% during 2023-2028.

The increasing prevalence of various life-threatening diseases, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis, HIV, etc., is one of the factors driving the United States specialty generics market. 

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 in the United States, there is a significant rise in the R&D activities pertaining to specialty generic drugs for combating the spread of coronavirus infection.

Based on the route of administration, the United States specialty generics market can be segmented into injectables, oral, and others. Currently, injectables hold the majority of the total market share.

Based on the therapeutic application, the United States specialty generics market has been segregated into oncology, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis, HIV, other autoimmune diseases, and others, where oncology currently represents the largest segment.

Based on the distribution channel, the United States specialty generics market can be categorized into retail pharmacies, specialty pharmacies, and hospital pharmacies. Currently, retail pharmacies exhibit a clear dominance in the market.

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