Study reveals numbers and costs related to COPD

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

LONDON -- COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, with annual costs estimated at $40 billion, and it will become the third biggest killer in the developed world by 2020, according to a new report from independent market analyst Datamonitor. There are currently 31.2 million COPD sufferers in the United States, Europe and Japan -- a prevalence rate of approximately 4.4% of the general population. The market for the treatment of COPD had worldwide sales of $4.6 billion in 2004, and forecasts indicate that it will grow to $7.5 billion by 2015.