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Narcolepsy Therapeutics Market Analysis By Type (Cataplexy and Without Cataplexy), By Product (Central Nervous System Stimulants, Sodium Oxybate, Tricyclic Antidepressants), And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-626-4
  • Number of Pages: 70
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2014 - 2016
  • Industry: Healthcare

Industry Insights

The global narcolepsy therapeutics market size was estimated at USD 1,305.2 million in the year 2016. The market is expected to grow substantially owing to the rising incidence across the globe. Narcolepsy is generally a lifelong sleep disorder with occurrence of sudden uncontrollable sleep attacks and it affects every aspect of a patient’s life, making it difficult.

It is estimated by the Narcolepsy Network that approximately 1 in every 2,000 people in the U.S. is affected by this condition. The prevalence in North America is around 0.07%. The incidence of narcoleptic patients without cataplexy is 1.37 per 100,000 people and with cataplexy is 0.74 per 100 people. According to data published by Narcolepsy UK, at least 25,000 people in the UK are suffering from this condition and around 75% of them are untreated as they remain undiagnosed or are misdiagnosed. The increase in cases is indeed alarming.

U.S. narcolepsy therapeutics market

According to Narcolepsy Network, only 25% of people suffering from the condition are estimated as diagnosed worldwide. This disease is comparatively difficult to diagnose due to low awareness amongst patients & healthcare providers. The favorable reimbursement policies associated with the drugs are further fueling the growth of this vertical.

Many organizations around the world are actively involved in spreading awareness and educating people & healthcare professionals regarding disorder and associated symptoms, such as cataplexy, sleep paralysis, and EDS. Some of the active organizations are Narcolepsy Network, Inc.; European Narcolepsy Network; American Sleep Association; and Wake Up Narcolepsy.

Type Insights

Narcolepsy with cataplexy segment was identified as the largest segment in terms of revenue in 2016, owing to increasing prevalence of cataplexy as a major symptom in patients. It is expected to retain its position throughout the forecast period. Moreover, cataplexy is the confirming symptom for conclusive diagnosis of narcolepsy, as observed in some cases. Although it is rarely the first symptom of narcolepsy, almost 75% of narcoleptic patients suffer from it.

Narcolepsy without cataplexy is expected to be the fastest growing segment. The major factor responsible for growth of this segment is increase in public awareness via awareness campaigns conducted by various networks, such as U.S. Narcolepsy Network and Europe Narcolepsy Network.

EDS is majorly the first clinically apparent symptom. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, sleep deprivation is the most common cause of EDS in the U.S. Apart from EDS, hallucinations, sleep paralysis, disrupted nocturnal sleep, and obesity are other symptoms observed in this condition. Increasing awareness about the disease and the available treatment options leading to early diagnosis as well as increasing healthcare expenditure are the factors anticipated to drive this segment’s growth over the forecast period.

Product Insights

The market comprises various classes of drugs for the disease management and associated symptoms. Sodium oxybate dominated the overall market in the year 2016. In addition, it is expected to be the fastest growing segment during the forecast period owing to the high cost of this drug, the presence of favorable reimbursement policies, and the rising awareness levels pertaining to diagnosis & associated treatments.

Xyrem is an FDA-approved drug in this category and is specially indicated for use in cataplexy and associated EDS, resulting in high prescription rate of this drug. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (ASSM) has recommended Xyrem as standard treatment option for EDS and cataplexy related to narcolepsy.

Most of the insurance companies, including Medicare and Medicaid, offer reimbursement for Xyrem. Manufacturers also offer assistance program for patients who do not have insurance coverage and are unable to afford the drug. On the other hand, CNS stimulants are estimated to lose revenue share owing to patent expiration of key drugs such as Provigil and Nuvigil.

Global narcolepsy therapeutics market

Regional Insights

Europe dominated the overall market in terms of revenue in the year 2016. Large affected population, well-established healthcare infrastructure, and growing R&D initiatives for the development of novel drugs are the factors that can be attributed to its largest share. In Europe, H1N1 influenza pandemic resulted in growth of sleep-related disorders in the year 2009.

Asia Pacific on the other hand is expected to register lucrative growth over the forecast period owing to economic development, rising awareness among people, high disposable income, growing investments in pharmaceutical & biotechnology sectors, and supportive government initiatives.

Japan is identified as one of the regions with high prevalence of narcolepsy amongst Asia Pacific countries. In addition, flourishing generics industry and improving healthcare facilities are anticipated to result in further market growth in the near future. However, high number of undiagnosed cases in this region still remains a major concern for growth of this market.

Competitive Insights

Some key market players that dominated the global market are Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.; Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC; Addrenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Graymark Healthcare, Inc.; and BIOPROJET. These companies are partnering with other players as a part of strategic expansions. In addition, the market players are focused on new product development and launches to capture a considerable revenue share in the coming years. Many players are supporting their consumers via various strategies, such as out-of-pocket co-pays & free products for eligible patients, to increase their market penetration. For instance, Jazz Pharmaceuticals has initiated Patient Assistance Programs for those unable to afford insurance coverage for therapies.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation                                               

Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis on the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global narcolepsy therapeutics market on the basis of type, product, and region:

  • Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Narcolepsy with Cataplexy

    • Narcolepsy without Cataplexy

    • Secondary Narcolepsy

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Central Nervous System Stimulants

    • Sodium Oxybate

    • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor

    • Tricyclic Antidepressants

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

    • Europe

    • Asia Pacific

    • Latin America

    • Middle East & Africa

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