April 16, 2012 06:08 ET

Market Research Estimates Hepatitis Market at $6.5 Billion

ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - Apr 16, 2012) - has announced the addition of the new report "The Hepatitis Market Outlook to 2016" to their collection of diseases & conditions market reports. For more information, visit

With a current global value of $6.5bn the hepatitis market has been characterized by well established standards of care. With the introduction of innovative therapies for hepatitis B and C the status quo would appear to be changing.

The launch of Incivek and Victrelis indicated for the treatment of hepatitis C, is anticipated to change the treatment modality. The drugs are estimated to rapidly reach their peak sales by 2012-13 due to their superior therapeutic profile compared to the currently marketed products.

A strong market opportunity exists in patients less responsive to current hepatitis treatment, including adults over 40 years of age, individuals with chronic renal disease and individuals with HIV. The treatment-failure population, representing approximately 40% of the total hepatitis C infected population, also presents a significant opportunity.

Roche was the global market leader in the treatment of hepatitis with a market share of over 25%. Roche's performance was driven by its hepatitis C products, Copegus and Pegasys. These products represent the current standard of care in this indication where they compete strongly with Pegintron and Rebetol of Merck and Co.

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