Nebulized drug delivery in respiratory medicine: what does the future hold?

Ther Deliv. 2017 Jun;8(6):391-399. doi: 10.4155/tde-2017-0015. Epub 2017 May 4.


In the later half of the 20th century, nebulized therapy was in decline, but in the 21st century the prospects for the expanded use of nebulized therapy within respiratory medicine look bright. The advent of mesh nebulizers, which combine the universal applicability of the nebulizer in the treatment of all respiratory patients with the convenience of portable inhaler use, is ideally timed to capitalize on the forecast of increased numbers of patients who will require nebulized therapy in the future. This special report will highlight some of the opportunities that the development of mesh nebulizers presents in the field of respiratory medicine.

Keywords: adherence; breath activation; ease of use; jet; mesh; nebulizer; technique.

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Inhalation
  • Aerosols
  • Bronchodilator Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Drug Delivery Systems*
  • Humans
  • Nebulizers and Vaporizers*
  • Pulmonary Medicine / trends*


  • Aerosols
  • Bronchodilator Agents