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Smart Inhalation


The lung is increasingly being explored as a platform for delivering new therapies using devices incorporating the latest technologies. James West of Crux Product Design discusses a smart metered dose inhaler and its future potential.


health, taking on greater responsibility for preventing disease rather than simply responding to their symptoms. We have never lived in a more complex and dynamic environment, where IT integration in healthcare is no longer a competitive advantage, but an absolute necessity.


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Still the number of people suffering from and dying due to chronic diseases continues to increase together with rising costs of disease management. Pharmaceutical companies must respond rapidly to the ever changing landscape and seek every opportunity to differentiate themselves. This is where the advantages of sophisticated technology lie: in smart medical devices that not only monitor drug intake patterns, but also gather real-time data (on respiratory functions for example) to provide guidance


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he days of people being blind to the consequences of living an unhealthy lifestyle are gone. The information-demanding patients of today have a proactive attitude towards


on drug delivery effectiveness, and relay information back to the general practitioner and pharma company. We are undergoing a time of unparalleled opportunity


where the application of technology to an existing delivery device can produce signifi cant improvements to pharmaceutical performance without any change to the drug chemistry. This provides a low cost, risk averse method of improving patient health whilst extending a drug’s commercial lifespan.


Smart metered dose inhaler Today it is all about disturbing the market and making the lives of our customers easier through product innovations. Crux has developed a concept metered- dose smart inhaler capable of allowing healthcare professionals to monitor medication adherence and build an informed relationship with their individual patients (Figure 1). The device includes wireless connectivity that is directly connected to the Cloud, which allows healthcare


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