General anesthesia drugs involve inhalation and intravenous anesthesia drugs. Report is specially focused on general intravenous anesthesia drugs category. Drugs such as propofol, midazolam & diazepam, fospropofol disodium, sodium pentothal, ketamine, methohexital sodium, pentobarbital, etomidate, and fentanyl are studied.
The U.S. general anesthesia drugs market size was approximately $2 billion in 2011 and is expected to grow at a moderate rate, with a CAGR of approximately 4% from 2011 to 2015. In addition, intravenous anesthetic drugs accounted for the largest share -65% - of the U.S. general anesthetics drugs market in 2011.
Ketamine is an anesthetic drug mainly used for initiation and maintenance of general anesthesia in humans. It belongs to NMDA receptor antagonist class, which includes molecules that prevent the action of the N-methyl D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor. Factors such as increase in aging population, rising cardiovascular, and respiratory system related diseases and rising number of emergency surgeries will help in maintaining stable growth in the ketamine market revenue in the next five years along with the overall growth of the U.S. general intravenous anesthesia market.
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