The report forecasts the global animal antibacterial and antibiotics market to grow at a CAGR of 6.5% during the period 2016-2020.
Increase in investments is one of the popular trends of this market. The market is witnessing an increase in investments by various government and non-government organizations such as animal welfare associations. For instance, in 2012, the Animal Health Institute member companies invested $747 million in the R&D of new medicines for animals and the maintenance of existing products. Increased investments, especially in the underdeveloped markets of Asia and Africa, are expected to double the growth rate of the market in these regions.
According to the report, demand for protein-rich diet will drive growth in the market. Globally, animal products such as milk, eggs, and meat serve a large proportion of the human population. The increase in population is fueling the growth in the demand for food, including animal-based food. Further, the rise in urbanization has created a shift in consumption patterns. Demand for nutrient-dense foods such as animal-based meat and related food items such as milk, egg, and dairy products is on a rise.
Further, the report states that stringent regulatory guidelines for obtaining market approvals of animal drugs are a major hindrance to market growth. In the EU, distinct product supply rules for animal products and language barriers among member states affect the efficient and timely distribution of these drugs. For instance, in Italy, the regulations for the animal healthcare sector are more stringent than for the human healthcare sector, which hinders the regulatory approval process.