Catheters Procurement Category Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

In response to rising healthcare costs from complications of using reused catheters, federal regulators have put pressure on suppliers to make sterile, single-use catheters more accessible to buyers, which has caused prices to drop. For these reasons and to help procurement professionals make better buying decisions faster, business intelligence firm IBISWorld has added a report on the procurement of catheters to its growing collection of procurement category market research reports.

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The increasing rate of infection arising from reused catheters has sparked a shift toward sterile, single-use catheters; disposable catheters are cheaper than traditional devices, dragging down prices for buyers

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 04, 2014

Catheters have a buyer power score of 3.9 out of 5.0, reflecting favorable negotiating conditions for buyers. Prices for catheters have been declining during the past three years as buyers increasingly shift toward cheaper, single-use devices. “The emergence of disposable catheters arose because clinical research increasingly exposed the health risks associated with reusing catheters,” says IBISWorld procurement analyst Andrew Rebhan. In response to rising healthcare costs from infections and other complications from reused catheters, federal regulators put pressure on suppliers to make sterile, single-use catheters more accessible to downstream buyers. Increased Medicare funding and expanding private health insurance coverage have also boosted demand for these cheaper alternative devices.

Buyers currently have a wide range of suppliers from which to choose due to a low level of market share concentration, but the market is slowly becoming less fragmented as more suppliers seek to acquire other companies to bolster their operational capacities. “An increasing number of catheter manufacturers are developing their own distribution networks, which has put pressure on third-party wholesalers to reduce their profit margins to remain competitive,” says Rebhan. A less fragmented market could limit price-based competition, which until now has been beneficial for buyers of catheters as vendors have kept their prices closely in line with what their competitors are charging. Along the supply chain, buyers will face a moderate level of risk because some suppliers will struggle to control their input costs while others face potential default.

The purchasing process for buyers will have both positive and negative attributes. Catheter products come in a variety of styles, some with unique features and applications, which can give suppliers greater leverage due to their special design and generally low level of substitutes. Buyers also face a high total cost of ownership when purchasing catheters. On the other hand, buyers have a variety of suppliers and distribution channels to choose from and will benefit from short lead times, low switching costs and low price volatility. Major suppliers include C.R. Bard Inc., Covidien PLC, Boston Scientific Corporation and Teleflex Incorporated.

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IBISWorld Procurement Report Key Topics

This report is intended to assist buyers of catheters. These devices are thin, hollow tubes, typically made of plastic or rubber, which are inserted into the body. Catheters serve different purposes but are generally used to either deliver or drain fluids from an incision point or other opening in the body. These devices can be used for short-term drainage or over longer periods of time to maintain a body’s normal functioning. Some of the common catheter types include those used for urinary, intravenous and cardiac treatments. Suppliers of catheters include manufacturers and wholesalers. This report will focus primarily on urinary catheters.

Executive Summary
Pricing Environment
Price Fundamentals
Benchmark Price
Pricing Model
Price Drivers
Recent Price Trend
Price Forecast
Product Characteristics
Product Life Cycle
Total Cost of Ownership
Product Specialization
Substitute Goods
Quality Control
Supply Chain & Vendors
Supply Chain Dynamics
Supply Chain Risk
Competitive Environment
Market Share Concentration
Market Profitability
Switching Costs
Purchasing Process
Buying Basics
Buying Lead Time
Selection Process
Key RFP Elements
Negotiation Questions
Buyer Power Factors
Key Statistics

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