The North American respiratory disposables and anesthesia disposables market has registered an annual growth of around 6% in the last decade and is forecast to more than double by 2019. This is according to a recently published strategic market report by ABMRG, “North America Respiratory Disposable and Anesthesia Disposable Device Market – Growth Trends and Potential 2006-2019.

Respiratory and anesthesia disposables or consumables are primarily used in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, sleep apnea, emergency cases, and the ICU, and during surgery. According to the report, the leading companies operating in this segment are GE Healthcare, CareFusion Corporation, Fisher and Paykel, Smith Medical, ResMed, and AMBU/King Systems.

The leading categories of CPAP disposables and respiratory disposables represent three-fourths of the market. CPAP masks, humidifier chambers, and closed circuits are anticipated to be the most high growth segments in terms of volume. The substantial growth in CPAP masks is fueled by a widening of reimbursement coverage, a 2% increase in reimbursement prices (reimbursement of disposables increased 2% in 2014 from 2012), and a surge in use of CPAP machines. The market is also governed by the changing preference for disposables over reusables. Moreover, the improved designs of CPAP masks have increased comfort and wearability, making them more attractive.

In the future, the market is expected to be affected by a reduction in reimbursement frequency and competitive bidding introduced under so-called Obamacare. The market is also constrained by price pressure resulting from competition, lack of diagnosis, and complications. Further, increased use of minimally invasive techniques (MIS) that require anesthetic support has limited the market growth. But the fall would be restricted to an extent by an increase in the number of new patients opting for CPAP. Also, the price erosion would be limited by better designed masks that would attract premium pricing.

The report analyzes the respiratory and anesthesia disposables device market for the continent and individual countries, the United States, and Canada. It reviews historical trends and forecasts (2006-2019) the annualized trends for sales in terms of value and volume, market growth, pricing, competitive landscape, market share, market drivers, and restraints. It offers a cross-category comparison for the historical and forecast period. It also provides global industry developments for the last 2 years, including M&As, partnerships, clinical studies, pipeline, product approvals and launches, recalls and litigations, market dynamics, market drivers, and restraints.