Did I Use My Inhaler Correctly? Inhaler Monitoring Device Approved by FDA

Inhaler Monitoring Device – Tells If You Used Your Inhaler Correctly

September 6, 2017 The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted a company called Adherium approval for use of the SmartTouch with the Symbicort inhaler. Symbicort is approved to treat both patients with asthma and COPD. It contains a long-acting beta-agonist bronchodilator – formoterol – and an inhaled corticosteroid – budesonide.
SmartTouch indicates if someone used the inhaler correctly

Symbicort inhaler with SmartTouch

The SmartTouch device features three buttons, which allow patients to access the audio visual-reminders and battery monitoring. The platform incorporates a Bluetooth enabled sensor and smartphone application to detect and record actual usage (date and time) of inhaled medications. The company offers different Smart inhaler sensor configurations, which are compatible with multiple medications. The SmartTouch transmits this information to an app on the patient’s mobile or tablet device. Health care professionals can review the history of medication use and patterns to make suggestions to their patients. It can also be used in home monitoring programs to evaluate whether the individual used the inhaler correctly.
Arik Anderson, CEO of Adherium which makes an inhaler monitoring device

Arik Anderson, CEO of Adherium

Arik Anderson, the CEO of Adherium, said: “The SmartTouch for Symbicort is the most advanced Smart inhaler monitoring device to date. With each new generation, our Smart inhalers get smaller, easier to use, and incorporate more sensors that generate higher quality data, and higher levels of medication adherence.” The recent FDA approval follows previous approval (June 2, 2014) of an earlier SmartTouch device shown below.  Note how the current version of the SmartTouch is smaller than the one pictured with the albuterol inhaler.
SmartTouch - an inhaler monitoring device

SmartTouch device used with albuterol metered-dose inhaler

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Donald A. Mahler, M.D. is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire. He works as a pulmonary physician at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, NH, where he is Director of Respiratory Services.