Big revenues, as in $ billions, are turned over every year in traditional wound dressings and gauze, while emerging technologies designed to have far more impact on wound management are driving the fastest percentage revenue growth. Data from “Wound Management to 2026” (report S254) shows the size-to-growth distribution of wound product revenue streams over the 2017 to 2026 period.
Even excluding the three traditional wound care dressing segments, the advanced wound care market is enormous — over the next ten years, it will grow at a compound annual growth rate of at least 7.7%, and is forecast to reach nearly $16 billion by 2024. This market is being driven by several inter-related factors: the increasing percentage of the aged (65years old and over) in country populations, the fact that people are living longer, obesity, the virtually epidemic rise of Type 2 diabetes, government policies intended to curb healthcare spending, and an increasingly sedentary population. The latter trend is seen especially in developed countries, but is also on the rise in less-developed countries as their economic standing improves and the middle class grows in numbers.
Certain product segments are forecast to have stronger growth than others. Sales of bioengineered skin & skin substitutes for wound care will increase at a CAGR of at least 15%, while sales of foam and hydrocolloid dressings will be growing at high single-digit rates, respectively.
See the newest global wound management market report (published December 2012), Report #S249, “Wound Management, Worldwide Market and Forecast to 2020: Established and Emerging Products, Technologies and Markets in the Americas, Europe, Asia/Pacific and Rest of World.”
In results presented in a poster session at the 24th Annual Clinical Symposium on Advances in Skin and Wound Care (San Antonio, TX), the Advanced Wound Management Division of Smith & Nephew highlighted that gauze-based negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) can achieve the same treatment goals as foam-based NPWT, which are a reduction in wound dimension, exudate, and improvement in granulation tissue.
One of the most dramatic, and perhaps surprising, recent developments in the advanced wound management sector has been the meteoric rise of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) technology, spearheaded by the V.A.C. approach developed by Kinetic Concepts Inc. (KCI). This has driven growth in the “physical treatment” market segment to exceed $1.2 billion. In 1989, Mark Chariker and Katherine Jeter developed a technique utilizing standard surgical dressings and wall suction to create a “vacuum” that aided in wound healing. In 1997, Dr. Michael Morykwas and Dr. Lewis Argenta studied the use of suction applied to polyurethane foam in wounds. Shortly after, KCI launched its product, the V.A.C.® and later received Medicare B approval. In early September 2009, Kinetic Concepts received Japanese regulatory approval to begin selling the V.A.C. device in that country. The company expects sales to commence in the first half of 2010.
Further innovations into the use of closed wound suction were made by BlueSky Medical with the Versatile One® System. Then in 2007, Smith & Nephew acquired BlueSky Medical and brought all that company’s products under the Smith & Nephew umbrella. Since the purchase of BlueSky, S&N has devoted considerable resources to contest KCI’s hold on the lion’s share of the market for NPWT devices.
More details on the study and its results from Smith & Nephew are given here. The trial was a prospective, multi-center clinical evaluation assessed 131 non-grafted patients at 21 centers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Products and technologies used in advanced wound management have found varying degrees of success in global markets, stemming from differences in clinical practices, cultures, sensitivities, demographics and other geographically-driven differences. At the macro view, the size of the advanced wound management market by countries falls in a typical pattern based on the relative size of the populations and healthcare markets:
The differences between these markets in their relative adoption and use of advanced wound management technologies is illustrated in the graph below, showing the percent of each country's total market that is represented by each wound product type.
The size of the wound care market is ultimately determined by the clinical need for advanced wound management products. That need is most clearly reflected in the prevalence of chronic wounds and burns. Current estimates put the total annual incidence of chronic wounds at almost 9 million worldwide, and there are 177 million cases of diabetes worldwide; 10%–15% of diabetic patients will develop ulcers at some point. The market for products used in the management of specific wound types are, in decreasing size, venous stasis (as in chronic venous ulcers) decubitus ulcer (e.g., bedsores), diabetic foot ulcers and lastly (despite their acute nature) burn wonds.
It should be noted that a large proportion of wound product sales are accounted for by traditional types of wound management products. It has been estimated that two-thirds of the world’s physicians are not making routine use of advanced wound management products. Perhaps surprisingly, U.S. physicians are much more conservative in their approach to advanced wound healing technologies than their European counterparts. For this reason, the European share of the AWC market is significantly higher than the U.S. share.
The implication is that there is significant market potential, if barriers such as cost and entrenched attitudes can be overcome. It is not yet widely appreciated, even in some parts of the developed world, that the relatively high initial cost of managing hard-to-heal wounds with advanced techniques is more than offset by the savings achieved with shorter treatment periods and reduction in the demand for skilled medical attention.
While the huge $5 billion global market for wound management technologies may not suggest it, many of its products are designed to target the high cost of wound healing. Chronic wounds and non-healing wounds. See the 2009 MedMarket Diligence report.
FOOTHILL RANCH, CA — Advanced wound management technologies — those used in the clinical management of wounds (not OTC) — represent a $5 billion global market that will triple in the next ten years. These technologies have continued to evolve beyond simple dressings and bandages to be able to accelerate wound healing, improve clinical outcomes and, in particular, attempt to reduce the cost of managing wound types like arterial, venous, diabetic and stasis ulcers.
The distribution of the advanced wound care market across these different wound care types has continued to shift, especially with the development and application of more expensive wound care technologies, which have been incentivized by the high cost of chronic wounds. Physical therapies, which include negative pressure devices, positive pressure devices, mechanically assisted wound closure, hydrotherapy, electrical stimulation, ultraviolet therapy and others, are demonstrating the largest relative growth.
The MedMarket Diligence report, "Worldwide Wound Management, 2009: Established and Emerging Products, Technologies and Markets in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Rest of World," published September 2009, details the complete range of products and technologies used in wound management and wound care, from dressings, bandages, hydrogels, tissue engineered products, physical treatments and others. The report details current clinical and technology developments in this huge worldwide market with high growth sectors, with data on products in development and on the market; market size and forecast; competitor market shares; competitor profiles; and market opportunity. The report provides full year (actual) 2008 market size and share data, with forecast market data to 2017, for the U.S., Europe, Asia/Pacific and Rest of World.
"The intense focus of healthcare reform on the cost of medical technologies might examine wound management as a cost driver, but the reality of products and development in this area is that the high cost of chronic or non-healing wounds is the prime target of the wound management industry’s efforts," says Patrick Driscoll of MedMarket Diligence, publisher of the 2009 Worldwide Wound Management Market report. According to Driscoll, the high direct and indirect costs of chronic wounds have created an economic opportunity that sustains advanced technology development. This does not make wound care exempt from the focus of healthcare reform, but does weaken the argument against the "high costs" of advanced technology development.