Pain Patches Market Size & Share, by Product Type (Non-Opioid Patches, Opioid Patches); Type (Prescription Medicine, OTC Medicine); Distribution Channel (Drug Store & Retail Pharmacies, Hospital Pharmacies, Online Providers) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

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  • Published Date: Mar 01, 2024
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2024-2036

Pain Patches Market size is expected to reach USD 8.13 Billion by the end of 2036, growing at a CAGR of 4.3% during the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036. In the year 2023, the industry size of pain patches was USD 4.9 Billion. An upsurge in pain disorders, the accessibility of better healthcare infrastructure, a spike in unmet healthcare needs, the increase in instances of chronic diseases, and the surge in demand for less side effect-prone pain medications are the main factors driving the growth of the market. Furthermore, the growing trend of personalization in pain management is fueling the need for efficient pain patches and expanding the market. 

Furthermore, it is anticipated that the market will grow as a result of a rise in the frequency of trauma injuries from sports and the workplace, including sprains & strains, fractures, tendinitis, and back injuries. Furthermore, an increase in the frequency of adult occurrences of low back pain is driving the market's expansion.

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Pain Patches Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Rising occurrence of chronic pain- According to estimates, the burden of chronic pain has increased to 1.9 billion people worldwide who suffer from recurrent tension-type headaches, the most common symptom of chronic diseases. Low back and neck pain consistently score highest when it comes to the number of years spent living with a disability; other chronic pain conditions make notable appearances in the top 10. Therefore, pain patches are used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain when ongoing pain management is necessary for an extended period. As a result, with the number of cases of chronic and other illness-related pain rising, so too is the demand for pain patches to help patients with pain relief and support market growth.
  • Rising aged population: As per the World Health Organization; by 2050, the number of individuals over 80 is expected to triple globally, with the age distribution over 65 years increasing to 36%. This is due to both the aging population and the potential for longer lifespans. Given that 80% of nursing homes and 73% of older people who live in communities report suffering pain regularly, there may be a risk of age-related discomfort. Research indicates that not just chronic pain but also acute pain is not well managed in this group of people. Cancer is uncomfortable, and 67% of cancer deaths involve those over 65. Non-malignant pain disorders such as osteoarthritis, diabetic neuropathy, post-herpetic neuralgia, and post-stroke pain can also affect older persons. The pain patches market is growing as a result of these factors.
  • Increase in Incidence of Sport & Work-Related Trauma Injuries- In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of people participating in physically demanding sports and jobs. Sports and several jobs are possible risks. These elements raise the possibility of chronic illnesses like tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome as well as acute injuries including fractures, strains, and sprains. There is a direct correlation between the number of people participating in these activities and the risk of injury. There is an increasing need for easy-to-use, non-invasive pain management options as a result of these accidents. By administering medication directly to the site of pain without the need for oral medication or intrusive procedures, pain patches provide a tailored approach to pain management.


  • Availability of alternatives- Engaging in physical activities can improve efficiency and standard of life while improving safety and reducing the degree of pain. Patients with complex regional pain syndrome with pain and function (CRPS) have been found to benefit from several physical therapy treatments, including graded motor imagery (GMI) and mirror therapy. Additionally, the benefits of GMI and mirror treatment for phantom limb pain were found. As a result, it is anticipated that the availability of various alternative therapies, including chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, and pain management devices, will reduce the need for pain patches because they have no negative side effects and will prevent the market from growing.
  • Limited Efficacy may Hinder Market Growth
  • Patent Expiration in this Field may Hamper the Growth of the Market

Pain Patches Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year



~ 4.3%

Base Year Market Size (2023)

 ~ USD 4.9 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

 ~ USD 8.13 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Pain Patches Segmentation

Product Type (Non-Opioid Patches, Opioid Patches)

Pain Patches Market in the Non-Opioid Patches segment is anticipated to hold the largest share of 53% during the forecast period. This can be attributed to the increasing demand for opioid substitutes that not only efficiently treat pain but also do so without the risks. Non-opioids are used to provide long-term, efficient medication administration while also easing discomfort. They also avoid the first-pass metabolism and prevent users from becoming addicted to drugs, making them more efficient at delivering pharmaceuticals. Therefore, the market is anticipated to increase as a result of the product's capacity to relieve pain without having the negative effects associated with opioids and other variables.

Type (Prescription Medicine, OTC Medicine)

Prescription Medicine segment of the Pain Patches market is expected to hold a share of 60% by the end of 2036. This is because individuals with a broad spectrum of medical conditions may be prescribed pain patches by medical practitioners. They are also commonly used to treat a variety of different types of pain, including knee discomfort, nerve pain, and back pain. Due to its authorization by medical professionals, its use in treating pain from a variety of conditions with little to no negative effects on the patient will accelerate the segment's growth.

Our in-depth analysis of the global market includes the following segments:

          Product Type

  • Non-Opioid Patches
  • Opioid Patches


  • Prescription Medicine
  • OTC Medicine


          Distribution Channel

  • Drug Store & Retail Pharmacies
  • Hospital Pharmacies
  • Online Providers

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Pain Patches Industry - Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast

Pain Patches market in the North American region is poised to account for the largest share of 32% during the foreseen period. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; in 2015, approximately 213 million Americans aged 6 or more participated in sports & fitness activities.  With the rising number of people participating in sport-related activities, a significant number of people deal with injuries and thus require pain relief treatment. Pain patches are being considered as the most preferred option for the same. Owing to this, in the North American region, the market is anticipated to witness substantial growth during the forecast period.

APAC Market Statistics

Asia Pacific Pain Patches Market is anticipated to hold the second-largest share of 25% during the forecast period. In the WHO South-East Asia Region, the population is aging faster. In 2017, there were 9.8% of persons who were 60 years of age or older; by 2030 and 2050, that number will rise to 13.7% and 20.3%, respectively. Because of rising life expectancy and falling fertility rates, China's elderly population is expected to reach 28% of the total population by 2040. Elderly people are more at risk of various diseases and thus often have conditions that result in chronic pain. As a result of this, the demand for products like pain patches is higher among elderly people. In light of this, the market is estimated to witness significant growth in the APAC region.

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Companies Dominating the Pain Patches Landscape

    • Endo International plc
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      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
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      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Johnson and Johnson
    • Sorrento Therapeutics Inc
    • Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC
    • Purdue Pharma L.P
    • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd


In The News

  • Aug 2020- Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. received US FDA approval for an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for a generic version of Lidocaine Patch, 5%. The generic form of Lidoderm Patch, 5% is called Lidocaine Patch, 5%, and it is used to treat post-herpetic neuralgia.
  • March 2019- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd unveiled Flector1 Patch, 1.3 %, an authorized generic. The launch is a breakthrough addition to the company’s product portfolio of more than 40 generic pain management medicines.

Author Credits:  Radhika Gupta, Shivam Bhutani

  • Report ID: 5783
  • Published Date: Mar 01, 2024
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The rising occurrence of chronic pain, the growing aged population, and the increased awareness among people are the major factors driving the growth of the Pain Patches market.

The market size of Pain Patches is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 4.3% over the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036.

The major players in the market are XXXX and others.

The non-opioid segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2036 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the North American region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2036 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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