According to our new research study on "Outpatient Central Fulfillment Market Forecast to 2030 - Global Analysis - by Product Type, End User, and Geography," the outpatient central fulfillment market size is expected to grow from US$ 309.32 million in 2022 to US$ 725.79 million by 2030; it is anticipated to register a CAGR of 11.3% from 2022 to 2030.
Factors such as automation in pharmacies and risk of medication errors propel the market growth. However, the high capital requirements and problems associated with automation system operations impede the outpatient central fulfillment market growth.
Rising Aging Population and Emerging Markets Creates Opportunities for the Outpatient Central Fulfillment Market
The aging population is a key to advancements in the healthcare sector. Thus, the growing aging population is anticipated to serve vital growth opportunity for the pharmacy. According to the United Nations's World Population Prospects 2022 report, the elderly population is projected to increase from 10% of the total population in 2022 to 16% of the total population by 2050. The rapidly growing aging population indicates an exponential rise in demand for elderly care and medicines in the coming years. An upsurge in life expectancy worldwide has also led to the need for more digital and automated systems for adult care. The development of automatic medicine dispensers has served beneficially in developed regions. Advanced features such as an LED display, a motor controller, and an alarm system help people with medication reminders. Automated pharmacy systems would enable them to keep track of their medicine and stocks better. Further, implementing automated pharmacy systems has triggered adult medication adherence. With such features, the adoption of automated pharmacy systems is expected to grow in developing countries such as Japan, India, South Korea, and China in the coming years.
Pharmaceutical management is essential in developing countries owing to rising healthcare costs and pressure to improve access to pharmaceutical services. To ease access to drugs, governments of developing countries are adopting various strategies. For example, the Ministry of Health and Social Services in Namibia has adopted multi-month dispensing to facilitate scale-up of antiretroviral therapy to enhance HIV treatment delivery. This system is now widely implemented in Namibia's health facilities, helping achieve national HIV treatment goals. Thus, emerging markets in developing countries offer lucrative opportunities for the players to expand their business. Most market players focus on emerging markets such as China, India, and the UAE due to the surging prevalence of chronic diseases, rising adoption of the latest medical technologies in hospitals, and increasing awareness about advanced medical technologies.
For instance, in November 2020, Deenova entered into a distribution contract with PharmaTech Medical Equipment, a leading pharmacy automation vendor in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). This has provided Deenova's hospital customers in the Middle East access to fully automated packaging robots, all-in-one stations, and state-of-the-art RFID solutions to further increase patient safety and efficiency. Deenova's solutions simplify all processes related to medication management with expected cost savings ranging from 15% to 25%.
The "Global Outpatient Central Fulfillment Market" is segmented on the basis of Product Type, End User, and Geography.
Product Type Overview
Based on product type, the outpatient central fulfillment market is segmented into automated medication dispensing systems, automated packaging and labeling systems, automated tabletop counters, automated storage and retrieval systems, and other types. The automated medication dispensing systems segment held the largest market share in 2022. The same segment is expected to register the highest CAGR.
An automated medication dispensing system, or automated drug cabinet, is an electronic device primarily used for drug storage and dispensing in healthcare settings. Secured with authenticated passwords and biometrics for drug inventory control and security, these systems aid in tracking and controlling drug distribution. These systems are now widely used in many hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes. The Pyxis MedStation system offered by BD is one of the most used automated dispensing systems in the world. It supports decentralized medication management, and its barcode scanning ensures accurate medication dispensing.
End User Overview
Based on end user, the outpatient central fulfillment market is segmented into hospital pharmacies, retail pharmacies, and mail-order pharmacies. The hospital pharmacies segment held the largest market share in 2022. It is expected to register the highest CAGR in the outpatient central fulfillment market during 2022-2030.
Many hospitals adopt pharmacy automation systems to ensure accuracy, reproducibility, and patient safety. Some studies have observed up to 10% manual error rates in hospital pharmacies. Many studies have proved that using ADM confers more benefits than liability. In March 2020, Swisslog Healthcare partnered with PipelineRx and Savioke to launch the Meds-to-Beds program, an initiative to provide hospital outpatient pharmacy services at discharge. The program includes automatic robotic delivery of prescribed medication and consulting to expand pharmacy capacities. As hospital pharmacies acknowledge the need to provide a high standard of care to patients, the demand for automation equipment is likely to increase significantly during the forecast period.
The global outpatient central fulfillment market is segmented by region into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and South & Central America. The North America regional market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 11.0% during 2022-2030. The North America outpatient central fulfillment market is segmented into the US, Canada, and Mexico. Market growth in this region is attributed to the increasing adoption of pharmacy automation in the US, rising public health awareness, surge in strategic initiatives by governments, and the presence of leading pharmacy automation vendors. The US is the largest contributor to the outpatient central fulfillment market in North America. With the growing burden on pharmacies, the frequency of medication errors also increases in the country. Thus, the outpatient central fulfillment market growth in the US is mainly attributed to rising concerns among medical professionals with an upsurge in medication errors and an increasing demand for pharmaceutical products.
Outpatient Central Fulfillment Market, by Region, 2022 (%)
Source: The Insight Partners Analysis
Capsa Healthcare, Cardinal Health, Surescripts, McKesson Corporation, Tension Packaging and Automation, ScriptPro LLC, Omnicell, BD, RxSafe LLC, and Custom Health Inc. are among the leading market players of outpatient central fulfillment market. These companies focus on new product launches and geographical expansions to meet the growing consumer demand worldwide and increase their product range in specialty portfolios. They have a widespread global presence, which allows them to serve a large set of customers and subsequently increase their market share.
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