In the past two decades, drug delivery has become a major factor in the advancement of the quality of life and a key factor in the business success of pharmaceutical companies. During this time, syringes and injectors have evolved considerably to address the changing demands of clinicians and their patients. In particular, the appearance and refinement of disposable drug cartridges has created unique opportunities for developers of injectable drugs.
Drug cartridges offer several advantages over traditional packaging in vials. For single dose devices, prefilled cartridges contain the exact deliverable dose desired. The custom of overfilling vials to insure availability of the desired dose allows for the possibility of dosing errors that are eliminated with cartridge systems. For recombinant drugs that have an extremely high cost per dose, the economics associated with exact filling are compelling.
As therapeutic markets and patient expectations have evolved, syringes and injectors designed to accept drug cartridges have expanded beyond insulin to a number of growth markets that include immunology, hormone replacement, and reproductive medicine. The convenience and safety of cartridge-based systems relative to traditional syringes will continue to win favor with both clinicians and patients and drive growth at the expense of alternative delivery strategies.
More information on the growing impact of drug cartridge-based Injectables can be found in a new and comprehensive report, researched and prepared by Greystone Research Associates. Drug Cartridge-based Syringes and Injectors: Devices, Therapeutics, Players, Markets and Prospects examines and profiles cartridge-based products, analyzes important therapeutic segments and provides assessments of market participants.
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