Nutrition products can be an inexpensive and safe solution to tackle important unmet health needs.
Consumer healthcare has become the battleground where pharmaceutical and consumer goods firms compete for growth. With more people around the world dying from obesity than starvation, poor nutrition is now recognized as a major risk factor for chronic diseases. Most health systems are ill-equipped to deal with this trend.1 Increasingly, patients are being encouraged to take part in their own treatments, and a consumer market has been developing midway between the supermarket-based world of consumer goods companies and the scientific, pharmacy-based world of pharmaceutical firms.2
The front lines of this battle are nutritional products that have been proven to help prevent or cure disease. These "nutraceuticals" present a tantalizing opportunity for breakthroughs to prevent and manage common health problems, offering consumer-focused solutions to issues that are currently addressed only by pharmaceutical interventions—or not at all.3 However, despite being a hot spot for growth, they still suffer from the same challenges as the rest of the sector, with market growth barely keeping up with the rise in gross domestic product.4
In this paper, the third in our Winning the Battle for Consumer Healthcare series, we delve further into the nutraceuticals market to understand the opportunities and barriers to growth. We also look at the successes and challenges faced by both consumer goods and pharmaceutical companies as they struggle to gain the upper hand in this exciting new market.
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