Most of the people lack knowledge and are unable to measure liquid medication properly, leading to poor health outcomes and medication errors. Hence, various measuring devices have been introduced including measure markings as per the reference to dosage direction on the product. Among all the dosing device, oral dosing cups are the most common and can be found along with the liquid drug product. As most of the orally ingested liquid drugs are used for pediatric patients, i.e. children, hence it becomes critical to properly measured dosage to avoid overdosing and underdosing. Vendors of over-the-counter liquid medicines are demanding to measure units to help end user consume exact dosage.
According to the report by Future Market Insights (FMI), the global oral dosing cups market is expected to witness growth, resulting in healthy CAGR, owing to the growth of healthcare industry. Preference for convenience during consumption of the medicine is anticipated to drive the demand for oral dosing cups. This is also resulting in the demand for convenient dispensing products, and dosing cups are the one among the dispensing products.
However, many oral dosing cups available in market carry misleading measurements, leading to the consumption of a wrong quantity of drug and confusion among the end-users. This is hampering the growth of global oral dosage cups market. APEJ and Latin America presents a massive opportunity for oral dosage cup manufacturers. Moreover, a large chunk of the population in India does not have proper access to healthcare, hence, this presents an opportunity for the growth of dosing cups market.
Accuracy of the oral liquid medicine measuring devices
Oral liquid medicines are given or consumed with various measuring devices such as oral dosing syringe, droppers, oral dosing cups and teaspoons. The use of the correct device for drug consumption can lead to better results and correct dose. Various regulatory authorities have also issued guidelines due to increasing safety concerns and serious impact of overdosing.
A study published in 2016, also shows that in case of young children, parents often make mistakes with the exact dose of oral liquid medicine. The study conducted on more than 2000 parents found that mistake in giving the amount of dosage often happens when parents use dosing cups instead of an oral syringe to measure oral liquid drug. Moreover, it was also found that mistakes were 4 times more while measuring the liquid dose using oral dosing cup compared to the oral syringe. The study found that it is sometimes very difficult to see measurement markings on the cup. The mistake or incorrect dosing also happens when the cup is not held properly at the eye level. The person may fill it incorrectly leading to underdose or overdose. The mismatch between liquid medicine dose on the label and on the measuring cup is also one of the reasons resulting in a wrong quantity of dose.
Healthcare providers are also emphasizing on providing appropriate oral dosing cups that are easy to measure according to the dosing measurement provided on the label.
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