Maintaining a hygienic environment at places involving pharmaceutical and healthcare activities is vital. Levy in cleaning at such places can spread a million types of bacteria and viruses that are harmful to humans. These potentially dangerous viruses are tackled with the help of a series of pharmaceutical and healthcare cleaning products. The fleet of cleaning products is endless, including but not limited to anionic surfactants, hand sanitizer sprays, latex gloves, sterile wipes, gauze pads, and disinfectant spray. Above-mentioned cleaning agents are extensively applied in the pharmaceutical and the healthcare industry to avoid the consequences of an infectious environment. The growing healthcare industry and pharmaceutical industry are the major reasons augmenting the growth in the pharmaceutical and healthcare cleaning products market that registered the global market size of $9.7 billion in 2018. The reiterating aspect of cleaning in the healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry is burgeoning the demands for such cleaning products. Foreseeing the heavy application of cleaning products in the aforementioned industries, the demands for cleaning products are expected to grow at a CAGR 6.7% during the forecast period 2019 to 2025. The pharmaceutical industry employs neutral and acidic based detergents for routine cleaning, passivation, removal of organic and inorganic residues, and derouging. Whereas, considering the healthcare sector that involves clinics and hospitals, the demands are exuberant. For instance, basic surgery involves multiple surgical equipment such as scissors, scalpels, lancets, rasps, drill bits, trocars, and ligasure. All these instruments need sterilization before every use. So, the need for cleaning agents in the healthcare industry is imperative. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) highlighted the statistics presented by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention that stated around 1.7 million hospitalized patients acquire healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) annually while being admitted for other health issues. Also, the study estimates that the HCAIs are responsible for 98,000 mortality cases annually. The presented data is based on the United States only; thus, the global effects of HCAIs are adverse beyond imagination. Therefore the dire need to prevent such mishap is inducing the demand in the global pharmaceutical and healthcare cleaning products market.
North America Leading the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Cleaning Products Market
The North American region was observed as the most lucrative region in the global pharmaceutical and healthcare cleaning products market; the region was accounted for a whopping 40.2% of the total marketplace. The presence of world-class healthcare facilities, including hospitals, nursing centers, rehabilitation centers, and clinics, are responsible for this hefty market share. According to the World Bank Group, the North American per capita expenditure in the healthcare industry was $9,325 in 2016 and is constantly increasing annually. The involvement of such huge capital indicates the importance that the region holds for the healthcare industry. According to a survey from the American Hospital Association, there are 6,210 active hospitals in the United States. Also, the association presented the total expenses for all the U.S. hospital, which surpassed $1 trillion in 2017. A significant share of investment is made to keep the healthcare facilities clean and free of infection. Thus, the regional demand in the pharmaceutical and healthcare cleaning product market is certain to grow.
Floor Cleaning Perceived as the Key Application in the Cleaning Products Market
Floor area is the largest area in any of the infrastructure, and it is also vulnerable to stains and dirt. If not cleaned with a proper solution, the floor can contain huge amounts of harmful microorganisms. Floor cleaning is observed as the major application of the pharmaceutical cleaning products market. The application is expected to grow at a positive CAGR of 5.1% during the forecast period. Major cleaning factors are impingement level, cleaning solution concentration, and cleaning time. All the above-stated parameters play an important role in choosing the correct cleaning product for floor cleaning. Cleaning the floor in a pharmaceutical or healthcare setup is a reiterating process. Thus, cleaning floors requires a substantial amount of cleaning products, which is further supporting the global pharmaceutical and healthcare cleaning products market.
Top Trends in the Healthcare Cleaning Products Market
Organic Cleaning Agents: The pharmaceutical and healthcare cleaning requires the application of hard acids to remove harmful microorganisms. Extensive and repeated usage of such hard chemicals can cause damage to the product and the person involved in the cleaning as well. Therefore, cleaning product manufacturers are investing in research and development of organic cleaning products. It is expected that integrating organic cleaning agents can improve the cleaning process and can reduce the harmful effects of hard chemicals. Also, organic cleaning products will be easily degraded, thereby reducing damage to the environment. The growing environmental awareness among the people has encouraged them to shift towards more organic and natural products. Therefore, the cleaning solution providers are capitalizing on the ongoing organic trend in the market.
Hydrogen Peroxide: The Company Charlotte N.C. launched a cleaning solution for healthcare and pharmaceutical setup called Oxivir 1. These are ready-to-use disinfectant wipes and cleaners that are manufactured using accelerated hydrogen peroxide. Majority of the healthcare setups are adopting the use of hydrogen peroxide cleaning agents as they provide safety from a wide range of bacteria, enveloped and non-enveloped viruses, and fungi. Hospitals and clinics rely heavily on advanced cleaning products during the outbreak of highly contagious diseases caused due to Ebola and Zika viruses. Sterilizing the hospital environment becomes highly important during such plagues; therefore, hydrogen peroxide is being looked upon by the pharmaceutical and hospital setups prevent and reduce the risks of HCAIs.
Packaging of the Cleaning Agents: A significant amount of research is being carried out in the packaging of cleaning products. Hand sanitizers today are coming in automatic touchless dispensing machines. They sense the object below them and accordingly dispense soap or sanitizers. Thus, technological advancement in the field of sensors is playing an important role in the development of pharmaceutical and hospital cleaning products. Further new concept products are expected to be introduced in the market owing to the extensive research and development activities prevailing in the hygienic product industries.
Potential Challenge in the Market
Innovations in the pharmaceutical industry have led to the development of disposable healthcare equipment and instruments. One-time use equipment is gaining popularity in the healthcare industry, owing to the convenience and sterile application. Complete adoption of single-use instruments will significantly reduce the utility of cleaning products in the pharmaceutical and healthcare ecosystem. This is being considered as a potential threat to the global healthcare cleaning products market.
Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Cleaning Products Market Competitive Landscape
The companies operating in the pharmaceutical and healthcare cleaning products market are The 3M Company, Henkel AG & Company, BASF SE, The Clorex Company, Clariant, Albemarle Corporation, and W.M. Barr & Co.
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