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January 11, 2022updated 31 Jan 2022 5:58pm

Q4 2021 saw a 65% drop in clinical trial terminations and suspensions globally

By Carmen

The medical device clinical trial terminations and suspensions in Q4 2021 saw a 65% decrease in the number of trials globally when compared with the last four – quarters average, according to GlobalData’s medical devices database.

The global medical devices market was worth $479.97bn in 2020 and is expected to reach $532.37bn by 2023, according to GlobalData’s analysis.

Medical devices clinical trials by market: Cardiovascular Devices has the most terminations and suspensions

Looking at the clinical trial terminations and suspensions by the type of markets, Cardiovascular Devices accounted for the largest proportion (17%) in Q4 2021, followed by In Vitro Diagnostics (11%) and Healthcare IT (10%).

Of the global medical devices market value, the Cardiovascular Devices market held an 8% share worth $39bn in 2020 and is expected to reach $57.09bn by 2023.

North America tops terminated and suspended trials activity

Comparing medical device clinical trial terminations and suspensions in different regions of the globe, North America held the top position with a 54% share during Q4 2021, followed by Europe with 25%, and Asia-Pacific with 17%.

On a country level, The US had the largest share (31%) of the global clinical trial terminations and suspensions during the quarter. In second place was Belgium with a share of 5%, followed by France with 5%.

Looking at the share of activity of sponsored clinical trials in terms of terminations and suspensions, company-sponsored trials accounted for a 52% share, while institute-sponsored trials held the remaining share.

The quarterly average for the last four quarters saw company-sponsored trials account for 41% of terminations and suspensions, while institute-sponsored trials account for 59%.

Methodology
The clinical trials data used for the analysis were extracted from the medical Clinical Trials Database of GlobalData’s Medical Intelligence Center. Medical device clinical trials database covers all clinical trials conducted on medical devices, combination devices, diagnostics, and diagnostic imaging agents covering 16 markets (as per medical device taxonomy). GlobalData tracks clinical trials from six key registries: NCT , UMIN, ACTRN, ChiCTR, EudraCT, and ISRCT. It also monitors universities, company websites, press releases, investor presentations and annual reports to track medical device clinical trials. Industry refers to commercial entities such as private and public companies and their subsidiaries. Non-Industry refers to non-profit making entities including hospitals, universities, government research institutions and non-government research institutions. The information is collected by following systematic research techniques and proprietary methodology. Only terminated, suspended and withdrawn clinical trials are considered for this analysis.

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