Global Alzheimer's Drugs Market 2017-2021

  • Published: Jul 2017
  • Pages: 70
  • SKU: IRTNTR13693

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This industry research report identifies ALLERGAN, Eisai Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, and Novartis as the key vendors in the global Alzheimer’s drugs market. This industry research report also presents a competitive analysis of the market by the mechanism of action (MoA) (AChE inhibitors and glutamate inhibitors) and by geography (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA).

Alzheimer’s drugs market size & share

Market research analysts at Technavio predict that the global Alzheimer’s drugs market will grow at a CAGR of close to 2% by 2021. This market research analysis identifies the lack of disease-modifying drugs (DMDs) as one of the primary growth factors for this market. The lack of DMDs prolongs the treatment schedule for Alzheimer's disease, which in turn, increases the healthcare costs for patients. However, the launch of a safe and effective DMD that could modify the progression of the disease is expected to change the treatment strategies followed currently and will replace the existing drugs. This will in turn, fuel the growth of the Alzheimer's drugs market.

Alzheimer’s drugs market trends

The increase in the reformulation of marketed drugs is one of the latest trends that will gain traction in the Alzheimer's drugs market in the coming years. The reformulation of solid dosage forms such as tablets can provide a window for titrating the dose as per individual requirements. For instance, the dry syrup formulation of Aricept allows the adjustment of individual dose and the ability to decrease the quantity of the drug, making it easier to swallow. Additionally, the reformulation of marketed drugs also provides an opportunity to grab patent term extensions, which can delay the entry of generic versions in the market.

Alzheimer’s drugs market value: Competitive landscape and key vendors

The Alzheimer's drugs market is fragmented with the presence of a large number of players. Though the major players introduced few popular drugs such as NAMENDA, Aricept, Razadyne, and Exelon, the patent expiry is yet to be offset. The growing trend of phase III trial failure will demand more research-oriented approach for the development of novel DMDs during the forecast period.

The leading vendors in the Alzheimer’s drugs market

  • Eisai Pharmaceuticals
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Novartis

Alzheimer’s drugs market segmentation by MoA 

  • Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitors
  • Glutamate inhibitors

During 2016, the AChE inhibitors segment accounted for the major shares of this market. AChE is a hydrolytic enzyme that terminates acetylcholine (ACh)-mediated signal transmission by breaking down ACh in cholinergic synapses of the brain. Additionally, AChE is also associated with senile plaques and other hallmarks of the disease. The maintenance of adequate levels of choline by inhibiting AChE provides a viable treatment approach for the management of the disease.

Alzheimer’s drugs market forecast based on geography

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA

This market study estimates that in terms of geographic regions, the Americas will be the major revenue contributor to the market by 2021. This market is expected to experience a high growth rate in this region due to the high occurrence of Alzheimer's disease and the increasing coverage of this disease by Medicare, an insurance program that covers people aged 65 and above or disabled younger individuals. Such reimbursement coverage by healthcare providers encourages more Alzheimer's patients to seek medical treatment in this region.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2021?
  • What are the key factors driving the global Alzheimer’s drugs market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global Alzheimer’s drugs market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global Alzheimer’s drugs market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global Alzheimer’s drugs market?
  • What are the trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, and EMEA?
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global Alzheimer’s drugs market?

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PART 01: Executive summary

PART 02: Scope of the report

PART 03: Research Methodology

PART 04: Introduction

  • Market outline

PART 05: Alzheimer's disease: An overview

  • National Alzheimer's Project

PART 06: Market landscape

  • Market overview
  • Market size and forecast
  • Five forces analysis

PART 07: Pipeline landscape

PART 08: Market segmentation by MoA

  • AChE inhibitors
  • Glutamate inhibitors

PART 09: Market assessment of FDA-approved drugs

  • Aricept
  • Exelon
  • Razadyne

PART 10: Geographical segmentation

  • Alzheimer's drugs market in Americas
  • Alzheimer's drugs market in EMEA
  • Alzheimer's drugs market in APAC

PART 11: Decision framework

PART 12: Drivers and challenges

  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges

PART 13: Market trends

  • Rising government initiatives to support Alzheimer's disease
  • Rising burden of Alzheimer's disease
  • Reformulation of marketed drugs

PART 14: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario

PART 15: Key vendor analysis

  • Eisai Pharmaceuticals
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Novartis
  • Other prominent vendors

PART 16: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary sources

  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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