The U.S. Contraceptive Drugs and Devices Market was valued at US$ 6,785.9 million in 2016 and is projected to expand at a CAGR of 5.6% during the forecast period (2016–2024). Patent expiries to pave way for generics in the U.S. oral contraceptives market during the forecast period. Oral pills are the next preferred method of contraception after sterilization in the U.S. Therefore we observe many combination and progestin only pills being available in the U.S. contraceptive drugs and devices market. Many generic companies are working on development of alternatives for major contraceptive pills that are projected to lose patent protection in the near future. To add to the projected wave of generic oral contraceptive pills, big pharma is interested more in selling pills which are revenue churning products rather than one-time long acting contraceptive devices. This is expected to change the overall dynamics of the market. However, preference for long term contraception methods such as the IUD and implants are now increasing in the U.S. Safety issues have averted females from using these long acting contraceptive methods until now. Improving IUD quality and implant devices with better safety measures is convincing females for adopting these methods now.
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The U.S. contraceptive drugs and devices market is expected to witness significant growth in the near future, owing to the development and launch of new generic products driven by the expiry of patents over the forecast period. Brands such as Femcon-FE, Lo Minastrin Fe, Taytulla, Minastrin 24 Fe, Yaz/Yasmin, Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, and Depo-subQ Provera—categorized under contraceptive drugs segment—are due for patent expiry during 2019-2021. Similarly, few contraceptive devices in the IUD and vaginal ring segments, are due for patent expiry during the forecast period, which in turn, is expected to increase the demand for generic brands in the U.S. contraceptive drugs and devices market. Rampant research for the development and commercialization of male contraceptive products is expected to fuel growth of the U.S. contraceptive drugs and devices market. Vasalgel—a long acting non-hormonal contraceptive—is one such male contraceptive product, funded by the Parsemus Foundation, successfully cleared pre-clinical studies and is expected to enter clinical trials in the near future. In the U.S., contraceptives are covered under the commercial health insurance policies through Affordable Care Act (ACA). This has significantly helps reduce out-of-pocket expenses on oral contraceptive pills from 21.8% in 2011 to 3.6% in 2014.
The U.S. has implemented coverage policy for contraceptives and all essential abortion related services without any co-pays, co-insurance or deductibles. This is a relief for the U.S. population relying on various contraceptive methods and increases adoption of expensive long-acting contraceptives. These factors in turn, are responsible for the U.S. contraceptive drugs and devices market growth. Additionally, increasing government subsidies and initiatives by non-profit organizations is contributing towards a sustainable market growth. The U.S. FDA approved Liletta, a hormonal IUD, is also promoted by Women's Health Alliance, an organization engaged in promoting high-quality affordable healthcare for women, making it affordable or even free to women in low-income areas.
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