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WILL MHLW CHANGES IN REIMBURSEMENT DRIVE JAPANESE PHYSICIANS TO INCREASE USAGE OF CHRONIC DIALYSIS CATHETERS?


September 14th, 2010

Global Information Inc. would like to present a new market research report, "Japanese Markets for Vascular Access Devices 2010" by Millennium Research Group.

According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, changes in Japans Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare (MHLW) reimbursement, which encourage facilities to use higher-priced chronic dialysis catheters, will lead to double-digit growth in this segment over the next five years, and will support overall market revenues.

Unlike in the US and Europe, where chronic dialysis catheters have seen strong adoption, Japanese physicians have long preferred acute catheters, which accounted for nearly 98% of unit sales in 2009. Physicians in Japan prefer the less invasive procedure involved with inserting an acute catheter, due in part to a strong cultural aversion to invasive procedures, which would be required by a chronic catheter placement. Because acute dialysis catheters are less expensive than chronic dialysis catheters, their historical popularity has limited potential dialysis catheter revenues in Japan.

"As a result of the strong physician preference for acute dialysis catheters, compounded with pricing declines in this segment, the Japanese dialysis catheter market shrank in 2009," says April Lee, Analyst at MRG. "This market will, however, grow through 2014, partly due to the MHLWs implementation of a new procedural reimbursement that provides hospitals with an incentive to perform the chronic dialysis catheter insertions."

MRGs Japanese Markets for Vascular Access Devices 2010 report provides critical insight into trends that will fuel market growth for short peripheral intravenous catheters, central venous catheters, implantable ports, dialysis catheters, and peripherally inserted central catheters through 2014.


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