The inhaled respiratory market represents one of the largest categories of drug spending, with continuing growth due to the increasing diagnosis of conditions such as asthma and COPD. As the incidence of these conditions increases, there exists a growing and significant opportunity to improve and expand current treatment of diseases of the upper respiratory tract.
Asthma continues to be a health segment that presents challenges to the caregiver community. Patient adherence with prescribing instructions and treatment protocols remains sub-optimal across all patient categories, but particularly for the young and the elderly. This has led to significant interest on the part of device and combination product providers directed toward the development easier-to-use inhalers. The new generation of oral asthma inhalers incorporates features and design elements that address this initiative, enabling devices that are more user-friendly and safe, and that as a result support the goal of improved patient adherence.
The current trend in asthma inhaler evolution has seen an increase in the incorporation of ergonomic features by device designers aimed at increasing patient receptiveness. Recent inhaler designs have approached the goals of improved usability and patient adherence from a number of distinct directions, including dose preparation technology, dose packaging, novel formulation technology, dosing confirmation, and symptoms monitoring.
A comprehensive analysis of advanced feature devices for asthma drug therapeutics is included in a new and comprehensive report. The report, Asthma Inhalers The New Generation: Devices, Markets, Players and Prospects, includes assessments of devices, device features and asthma therapeutic markets, analysis of market factors, and profiles of market participants.
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