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Global Medical Food Research Report 2022: Understand the Role of a Medical Food in Patients' Recovery - Qualitative and Quantitative Analyses of Ingredients and Finished Products -

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Global Medical Food Growth Opportunities" report has been added to's offering.

This study aims to understand the role of a medical food in patients' recovery. It provides qualitative and quantitative analyses of medical food ingredients and finished products of medical food.

North America and Europe accounted for most of the market share for both medical food ingredients and finished product medical food in 2021 due to rising physician awareness and increasing medical adherence by patients. Factors supporting market growth in these regions are the expanding geriatric population, the prevalence of chronic diseases, and policymakers' growing emphasis on malnutrition management.

The US FDA defines medical food as "a food, which is formulated to be consumed or administered enterally under the supervision of a physician and which is intended for the specific dietary management of a disease or condition for which distinctive nutritional requirements, based on recognized scientific principles, are established by medical evaluation."

Medical food is interpreted as 'food for special medical purposes (FSMPs)' in several countries, including Europe, India, China, and Australia and New Zealand. In Japan, medical food is interpreted as 'food for sick'. In Canada, medical food is governed by food for special dietary use (FSDU) and infant food regulations.

Globally, the regulatory landscape for medical food is not clearly defined, even in developed economies. As medical food is not intended to prevent or treat diseases, it is not subject to the same regulatory requirements as pharmaceutical drugs.

By ingredient, the medical food market is divided into vitamins and minerals; protein ingredients (animal and plant); nutritional lipids; prebiotics; and others (amino acids and probiotics). Of these, protein ingredients held the majority share of 64.0% (2021) in the total medical food ingredients market due to the important role they play in trauma and illness recovery.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is taken into account in the analysis. The pandemic induced both positive and negative changes in the medical food market. Supply chain disruptions due to the shutting down of processing facilities and other lockdown measures affected the sale of ingredients and finished medical food.

However, the negative effects were reduced to some extent due to the growing consumer awareness and research highlighting the benefits of a medical food in patients' recovery.

Key Features

  • By type, the medical food market is fragmented into prescription and nonprescription food. Prescription medical food dominated the medical food market with a 60.0% share in 2021 due to strong demand from developed economies for use in fatal health conditions such as oncology health, critical care and trauma, cardiovascular health, diabetes health, and cognitive health. Key market participants, such as Abbott, Nestle Health Science, and Nutricia, offer vast product portfolios of prescription medical food to meet the growing demand.
  • By mode of administration, the medical food market is categorized into oral (food or supplement format) and enteral tube feeding. The oral mode accounted for the larger market share of 75.0% in 2021. Preference for orally administered products, ease of availability without prescriptions, and support initiatives are key factors driving demand for orally administered medical food.
  • By application, the medical food market is segmented into malnutrition (including oncology health, immune health, and general malnutrition); metabolic health; digestive health; critical care and trauma; diabetes health; cardiovascular health; musculoskeletal health; and cognitive and central nervous system (CNS) health. Malnutrition, metabolic disorders, digestive disorders, and critical care and trauma are the top target diseases for medical food. Brain and cognitive health remain a small segment; nevertheless, it is one of the fastest-growing application areas for medical food.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Strategic Imperatives

  • Why is it Increasingly Difficult To Grow?
  • The Strategic Imperative
  • The Impact of the Top 3 Strategic Imperatives on the Medical Food Industry
  • Growth Opportunities Fuel The Growth Pipeline Engine

2. Growth Opportunity Analysis

  • Scope of Analysis
  • Medical Food - Definition
  • Differences between Dietary Supplements, Medical Food, and Pharmaceutical Drugs
  • Segmentation
  • Definition by Ingredient Type
  • Definition by Type and Mode of Administration
  • Definition by Application
  • Key Competitors
  • Value Chain
  • Growth Drivers
  • Growth Restraints
  • Forecast Assumptions
  • Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Medical Food Market
  • COVID-19 - Induced Research
  • COVID-19 - Induced Market Trends
  • Regulatory Landscape
  • Insurance Coverage and Reimbursement Scenario

3. Growth Opportunity Analysis - Medical Food Ingredients

  • Growth Metrics
  • Role of Ingredients in Patient Recovery - Protein Ingredients
  • Role of Ingredients in Patient Recovery - Nutritional Lipids
  • Role of Ingredients in Patient Recovery - Prebiotics
  • Role of Ingredients in Patient Recovery - Vitamins and Minerals
  • Ingredient Trends
  • Revenue Forecast
  • Revenue Forecast by Ingredient
  • Revenue Forecast Analysis by Ingredients
  • Revenue Forecast by Region
  • Revenue Forecast Analysis by Region
  • Competitive Environment
  • Competitive Product Matrix
  • Product Launches - Medical Food Ingredients: 2021 and 2022
  • Product Launches - Medical Food Ingredients: 2021
  • Product Launches - Medical Food Ingredients: 2020 and 2022
  • Product Launches - Medical Food Ingredients: 2019 and 2020

4. Growth Opportunity Analysis - Finished Product Medical Food

  • Growth Metrics
  • Prescription Medical Food - Examples
  • Nonprescription Medical Food - Examples
  • Role of Medical Food in Malnutrition Condition
  • Role of Medical Food in Metabolic Health
  • Role of Medical Food in Digestive Health
  • Role of Medical Food in Critical Care and Trauma
  • Role of Medical Food in Musculoskeletal Health
  • Role of Medical Food in Cognitive and CNS Health
  • Role of Medical Food in Diabetes Health
  • Role of Medical Food in Cardiovascular Health
  • Revenue Forecast
  • Revenue Forecast Analysis
  • Revenue Forecast by Type
  • Revenue Forecast Analysis by Type
  • Revenue Forecast by Mode of Administration
  • Revenue Forecast Analysis by Mode of Administration
  • Revenue Forecast by Region
  • Revenue Forecast Analysis by Region
  • Percent Revenue by Application and Market Penetration
  • Competitive Environment
  • Revenue Share
  • Recent Acquisitions - 2019-2022
  • Recent Product Launches - 2019, 2020, and 2021

5. Growth Opportunity Universe

  • Growth Opportunity 1: Collaborative Efforts between Drug Manufacturers and Medical Food Manufacturers
  • Growth Opportunity 2: Promotional Activities and Wide Reimbursement Coverage
  • Growth Opportunity 3: Increased Research Focus on Designing Specific Ingredients for Medical Food Applications
  • Growth Opportunity 4: Innovation in Functional Ingredients

6. Next Steps

Companies Mentioned

  • Abbott
  • Nestle Health Science
  • Nutricia

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Last Updated: 03-Nov-2022