Type 2 Diabetes – Geographic Focus: China – Type 2 Diabetes | China In-Depth | China – 2021

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) remains one of the biggest health challenges in China, where the prevalence of disease is globally the highest. Several traditional drug classes such as biguanides and alpha-glucosidase inhibitors have enjoyed a high patient uptake in China owing to their long-standing market presence, physician comfort, and reimbursement through Category A of the NRDL. The dynamic access and reimbursement landscape of China has bolstered the uptake of newer drug classes—SGLT-2 inhibitors (such as dapagliflozin, canagliflozin, empagliflozin), GLP-1 receptor agonists (such as dulaglutide), and insulins (such as insulin degludec/insulin aspart)—through the inclusion of several high-performing agents in recent NRDL updates. Thus, the T2D market of China is expected to expand further over the 2020-2030 period, fueled by the increasing disease prevalence and an increasing uptake of novel agents that will boost overall market sales.


  • How large is China’s drug-treatable T2D population, and how will the drug-treatment rate change during the forecast period?
  • Which are the most commercially relevant drugs in China’s T2D market and why? What are interviewed experts’ insights into current treatment options? Which clinical needs remain unfulfilled?
  • What are the market access considerations for key therapies in the T2D pipeline in China? What sales / uptake could they secure in T2D? What are interviewed experts’ opinions of key emerging therapies?
  • What are the key drivers and constraints in the Chinese T2D market, and how will the market evolve over the forecast period?


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Release Date

July 2021



Primary Research

Country-specific qualitative and quantitative insights driven by 5 thought-leader interviews and surveys with 50 endocrinologists


Diagnosed prevalence of T2D by country, with urban and rural breakup. Clinically relevant and market-relevant drug-treatable populations.


10-year, annualized, drug-level sales and patient share of key T2D therapies through 2030, based on primary and secondary market research to formulate bottom-up assumptions

Emerging Therapies

Phase III/PR: 10+ drugs; Phase II: 5+ drugs; coverage of select preclinical and Phase I products

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