Critical and general care

Global respiratory equipment market poised to hit $21 billion by 2010

15 January 2006

With the international incidence of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) surpassing 314 million, and an aging world population increasingly succumbing to respiratory illness, the stage is set for the global market for disposable and reusable respiratory equipment to reach $21 billion by 2010, according to The World Market for Respiratory Equipment study released by Kalorama Information. The U.S. market, with its approximately 20 million asthma sufferers accounting for 60% of the world market, alone anticipates sales of $10 billion this year.

This new report predicts that along with the worldwide population shift, regulatory changes will drive growth in this market, which has seen little innovation in recent years. The U.S. government ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) starting in January 2008 will change the face of the more than 95% of inhalers available on the market to treat asthma, COPD, and emphysema.

Inhalers dominate the respiratory equipment market with 70% of sales. This, along with increased coverage of Medicare patients through the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) in the USA and growing coverage of international patient groups, will help to assure industry growth.

"We should see incremental industry-wide growth as manufacturers continue to increase their global presence, particularly in Asia, and increase their R&D efforts to bring new products — such as combination agents that will reduce the usage of single use/multiple dose agents — to the global marketplace," notes Joseph Constance, the supervising analyst for the final report.

The World Market for Respiratory Equipment provides a holistic view of the disposable and reusable respiratory equipment industry; discusses key trends and industry challenges; analyzes innovations and strategies for key market sectors; and includes insights into the worldwide market potential.

For more information visit the Kalorama website at

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