Surgical Sealants and Glues Sales Growth

Aside from demonstrating clinical utility in wound sealing and closure on their own, sealants and glues are emerging as important adjunctive tools for sealing staple and suture lines, and some of these products also are being employed as general hemostatic agents to control bleeding in the surgical field. Manufacturers have also developed surgical sealants and glues that are designed for specific procedures – particularly those in which staples and sutures are difficult to employ or where additional reinforcement of the internal suture/staple line provides an important safety advantage.

Sales of surgical sealants and glues have become as common in some surgical procedures as sutures and staples in well developed markets (U.S., Europe and Japan), but their use continues to expand in both stand alone and adjunctive use with other wound closure. Emerging markets, especially in Asia will drive nearly double these growth rates. All told, the global surgical sealants and glues market will eclipse $2 billion by 2018 on compound annual growth of 9.4%.

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Advanced and basic wound closure markets in contrast globally

In a prior post, I noted the migration of advanced technologies from countries/regions with well developed medical technology markets (U.S., Europe, Japan) to countries/regions such as China, which have large economies but relatively undeveloped markets for these technologies.

To elaborate on that, one of the more advanced technologies in wound closure is for the devices used in vascular closure, represented in the majority of cases by those used for closure of femoral artery puncture following diagnostic and interventional catheterization procedures. By contrast, perhaps the most basic wound closure technology is surgical tapes.

Diagnostic and therapeutic catheterizations are advanced procedures designed to reveal and treat vascular pathologies, respectively, and require access to the vasculature through a femoral artery. Following the procedure, the prompt and effective closure of the femoral puncture is critical, given the size of the artery and the potential for its inadequate closure leading to rapid blood loss and death. The overall procedure comprises advanced technology in the catheterization and the closure that is therefore relatively common in advanced economies, such as the U.S., Europe and Japan, and relatively scarce or non-existent in markets, such as China.

By contrast, surgical tapes are the simplest form of wound closure with minimal technology. However, the caseload for use of surgical tapes is enormous, given the incidence of simple lacerations that can be addressed through surgical tapes. Given advanced alternatives to closure (sealants, glues, hemostats, etc.) in the U.S., Europe and Japan, surgical tapes have considerably lower demand than in China.

The contrast is illustrated in the two forecast graphs of global sales of surgical tapes and vascular closure devices.

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Source: Report #S192, “Worldwide Surgical Sealants, Glues, and Wound Closure Markets, 2013-2018″; MedMarket Diligence, LLC.

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Source: Report #S192; MedMarket Diligence, LLC.

 

Technology Migration in Global Wound Closure Markets

Drawn from our recent report on the global market for wound closure products, Report #S192, the distribution of the technologies on the market now, and in the future, for wound closure encompassing sutures & staples, tapes, hemostats, sealants & glues and vascular closure devices reveals the continued migration of advanced technologies (vascular closure, hemostats, glues & sealants) from western economies to the developing markets. Simultaneously, the more well established technologies (tapes, sutures & staples) are showing modest growth in western economies and robust growth in developing economies.

Below are illustrated the percentage of total worldwide market for each wound closure technology type by country/region.

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Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #S192

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Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #S192

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Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #S192

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Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #S192

Country and regional forecasts for surgical sealants and glues, 2013-2018

The largest current and future market for surgical sealants and glues (at least through 2018) remains the U.S. by a fairly wide margin. Second to the U.S. is the aggregate of all Asia/Pacific countries (excluding Japan and Korea), followed by Japan (the second largest single country market for sealants & glues) and then Germany. Below is the 2013 to 2018 forecast of surgical sealants and glues, by country/region, sorted by current market size.
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Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #S192

The U.S., Japan and Germany are well developed markets for medtech products like surgical sealants and glues; hence, their large current total sales. However, faster rates of adoption are taking place in markets that have accordingly not been penetrated to the same degree, and this becomes particularly significant for the very large current markets of the Asia/Pacific region (India and China in particular). Below is illustrated the compound annual growth rate (2013-2018) for sales of surgical sealants and glues by country/region, sorted in order of growth.

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Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #S192

Rising and fading technologies in the global market for wound closure

Technologies emerge, gain clinical acceptance, grow in caseload and become the standard of care. Then new technologies emerge, developed to improve on or eclipse established technologies. They gain acceptance and the cycle continues.

The pace of technology and market development in the products used in wound closure — sealants, glues, hemostats, sutures/staples, tape, and vascular closure devices — follow this path as characteristically as any medtech market. However, the pace of adoption varies both by technology type and geographic location. Consequently, there is a pretty wide range of compound annual growth rates in the sales of these product globally, regionally and by country.

Below illustrates the highest growth segment-geography combinations in the wound closure market. This frequently illustrates that novel technologies more rapidly penetrate well developed economies, which can sustain the initial high premium pricing of novel technologies, then progressively migrate to less well developed economies.  (For the sake of direct comparison, the high and low growth graphics are shown on the same scale.)

High Growth Segment-Geographies in Wound Closure

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Low Growth Segment-Geographies in Wound Closure

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The Staying Power of Spine Surgery Markets

While medtech over the past five years has seen continued pressure on prices, increased oversight on physician-manufacturer relationships, reduced med/surg procedure volumes, continued regulatory challenges and the real or perceived negative impacts of the Affordable Care Act, the business of spine surgical technologies remains one of the most steadfast oases of innovation and price stability.

The continued growth of spine surgery owes itself to a number of key drivers:

  • The ageing population worldwide
  • Increasing incidence of obesity
  • A growing middle class in developing countries, with the ability to pay out of pocket for spine surgery
  • Improving worldwide economy
  • Technological device enhancements, leading to improved surgical results
  • Developments in minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) devices driving a strong increase in MISS, with its numerous advantages
  • In the US, improvements in reimbursement as clinical trials demonstrate the efficacy of treatments using the devices
  • US healthcare reform leading to medical insurance coverage for more people, allowing those suffering from intractable back pain to receive surgical treatment

(The last, of course, is debatable, since medical device manufacturers are not yet convinced that a 3.2% excise tax is supported by the anticipated boost in patient population. The jury is still out on this and, in any case, prospects for the 3.2% tax being repealed are slim, despite repeated efforts.)

Consequently, the worldwide aggregate spine surgery market has a 2012 to 2020 compound growth rate of 7.7%, with individual segments within it growing at a low of 2.3% to a high of 35.0%.

It is also worth noting that we have identified seven (7) new medtech startups (McGinley Orthopaedic Innovations, KB Medical, Trice Orthopedics, Tyber Medical, Direct Spinal Therapeutics, NLT Spine, Osseus Fusion Systems) in spine surgery that have been founded in the past three years alone.

Below is illustrated the spine surgery markets in the Americas and Europe for 2012-2020.

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Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #M520, “Worldwide Spine Surgery: Products, Technologies, Markets and Opportunities 2010-2020″.

Established to emerging, commodity to advanced in wound management

Wound management is about as diverse a market as there can be in medtech. Wounds can be acute or chronic, surgically created or arising from trauma or disease, treated with technology as simple as a piece of gauze or as complex as a hyperbaric oxygen chamber or negative pressure would therapy technology.  The manufacturers range from producers of largely commodity-like dressings to devices to equipment to growth factors and other biotech products.

Simultaneously, the nature of patient populations, clinical practices, market development, economics and technology adoption vary widely around the world, resulting in considerable variation in the sales of traditional products all the way up through the most advanced products in wound management.

As an example, below are illustrations of the 2011 to 2020 forecast for the range of wound management products in the U.S. and a different set of markets, the Rest of Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan and Korea); predominantly China, India and Australia.

The distribution of product sales in wound management, on a relative basis, is very different in the U.S. than in the Rest of Asia/Pacific due in large part to the tendency for advanced technologies to be first introduced in well developed markets, like the U.S., Europe, Japan and others and later migrated to the “emerging” markets. T

The U.S. graph illustrates the decreasing/increasing share of each technology’s sales relative to all others.

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Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #S249

For the Rest of Asia/Pacific Market, a different picture emerges, with interesting variations per product segment.

 

 

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Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #S249

However, to put the relative differences into a meaningful context, one has to look at the absolute sales in the different markets. And, to show the very real, stark difference between the U.S. and Rest of Asia/Pacific markets for wound management products, we have plotted both on the same scale, with the max given for both as $12,000 million in sales.

 

 

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Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #S249

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Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #S249