"The Importance Of Proper Inhaler Use" - Kevin Kunzmann
The amount of patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who can properly use their inhaler is a debated number. But regardless of its true rate, the number is too low. At the 2018 American Thoracic Society International Conference this year, GlaxoSmithKline reported data which showed patients significantly struggled to manage proper inhaler use when using multiple devices versus a lone device – the triple therapy Tregely Ellipta, which is the only inhaler therapy of its kind in the US. In all the current asthma-related issues driven by pediatric obesity, pollution rates, and limited convenient therapy options, that patients being able to adhere to and proper take inhaler theapry is among the issues is almost shocking. But it’s a common conversation in the doctor’s office, said Sonali Bose, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine, pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Our hope is that improved adherence and improved technique in their inhaler medications will lead to downstream affects in asthma control,” added Dr. Bose.
- Sonali Bose, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai