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The market for infusion therapy and clinical nutrition, intravenously administered drugs, medical devices, and transfusion technology

General cost pressure in Europe has increased the importance of high-quality, cost-effective health care. This especially holds true in the market for infusion therapy and clinical nutrition. Studies show that, in cases of health or age-induced nutritional deficiencies, the administration of food supplements can reduce hospital costs through shorter stays and less nursing care. Estimates to the European Union situation indicate that as many as 20 million individuals are at risk for malnutrition.

In Europe, the total market for infusion therapy is growing by about 1% to 2%. The total market for clinical nutrition is growing by about 3%. In the emerging markets of Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Africa, growth is up to 10% and more.

Based on its own estimates, Fresenius Kabi considers its potential relevant market for infusion therapy to be about €5 billion, and for clinical nutrition to be over €6 billion.

We also expect the demand for generic IV drugs to continue growing. From a health economic standpoint, generic drugs are more advantageous than original drugs because of their significantly lower price, and they already make a vital contribution to health care today. Judged from today’s vantage point, in our view the focus is mainly on the pricing of patented drugs and the prescription drugs segment in the pharmacy market.

The market for IV generics is characterized by moderate volume growth, steady price erosion, and fierce competition. Growth is mainly achieved through new generics that are brought to market when the original drug goes off-patent. In Europe and the United States, the market for IV generics is growing by about 3% to 5%. We expect the U.S. market for IV drugs that go off-patent from 2014 to 2023 to amount to approximately US$19 billion on a cumulative basis. These figures are based on the sales of the original drugs in 2013 and do not take account of the usual price erosions for generics. We therefore see considerable growth potential for generic drugs.

Based on its own estimates, Fresenius Kabi considers its potential relevant market for IV generics to be about €12 billion.

The market for medical devices for infusion therapy, IV drugs, and clinical nutrition is growing by about 3% worldwide. Here, the main growth drivers are technical innovations that focus on application safety and therapy efficiency. Fresenius Kabi considers its potential relevant market for medical devices to be worth about €3 billion, based on its own estimates.

The worldwide market for transfusion technology is growing by about 2% to 3% on average. The main growth driver is the increasing demand for products and devices that perform blood collection and processing. Based on our own estimates, the potential relevant market for transfusion technology is worth over €2 billion.

In Europe, Fresenius Kabi is the market leader in infusion therapies as well as in parenteral nutrition. Competitors include Baxter and B. Braun. In the market for enteral nutrition, the company competes internationally with, among others, Danone, Nestlé, and Abbott. In the market for IV drugs, our global competitors include generic drug manufacturers like Hospira, Sandoz, and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. In the medical devices segment, our international competitors include CareFusion, Baxter, B. Braun, and Hospira, and in transfusion technology competitors include Haemonetics and Terumo. In all product segments, we also compete with smaller local providers.

Sources: German Society for Nutritional Medicine (DGEM) 2009; Ljungqvist O., Clin Nutr 2010, 29:149-150; Company research, market data refer to Fresenius Kabi’s potential relevant and addressable markets. Those are subject to annual volatility due to currency fluctuations and patent expiries of original drugs in the IV drug market, among others; IMS; Orange Book


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