The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Resulted In A Surge In Demand For Nebulizers

4 May, 2020

The current Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a surge in demand for nebulizers. There has been an increased use of albuterol inhalers in hospitals for Covid-19 and suspected Covid-19 patients to help with respiratory issues. This is mainly because respiratory viruses are the most common trigger for asthma exacerbations.

The nebulizer devices market consists of sales of nebulizers used in respiratory care for patients with respiratory diseases including asthma, cystic fibrosis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The sales consists of revenues generated by establishments that are primarily engaged in the manufacturing of breath actuated and vented pneumatic nebulizers, portable and standalone ultrasonic nebulizers, and static and vibrating type mesh nebulizers.

The global nebulizers market is expected to grow from $0.8 billion in 2019 to about $1.7 billion in 2020, as these devices are used for respiratory infection treatment including mild Covid-19. The market is expected to stabilize and reach $1.3 billion at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.9% through 2023.

Rising geriatric population across the globe is expected to increase the usage of respiratory care devices including nebulizers over the forecast period. For instance, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), by 2050, the world’s population aged 60 years and older is expected to total 2 billion, up from 900 million in 2015. As of 2018, 125 million people are aged 80 years or older. In the United States, according to the Population Reference Bureau report, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060. Elderly people are more susceptible to respiratory diseases such as COPD, sleep apnea, and the recent pandemic COVID-19, for many factors including gradual decline of immune function. Therefore, rise in geriatric population is anticipated to propel the nebulizer market growth.

To overcome the challenges of existing nebulizers, advanced novel nebulizers are coming into existence. The technologically advanced nebulizers including breath-enhanced, breath-actuated, and vibrating mesh nebulizers decrease the amount of drug lost during exhalation while increasing the efficiency of drug delivery. For instance, the advanced and efficient vibrating mesh nebulizer has an electronic indicator that shows when the patient is breathing appropriately and only then, it releases the dose. A vibrating mesh nebulizer coupled with an adaptive aerosol delivery software adjusts the aerosol emission based on the breathing pattern of the patient, which reduces drug loss and increases the inhaled mass. The latest and advanced nebulizers increase the output rate which in turn will decrease the administration time.