Easyhaler®: an overview of an inhaler device for day-to-day use in patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Drugs Context. 2019 Jun 5:8:212596. doi: 10.7573/dic.212596. eCollection 2019.

Abstract

Inhalation therapy is likely to continue to dominate asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) treatment. The pressurised metered-dose inhaler (pMDI) accounts for most of the global inhaler market, but this kind of device is difficult to use properly. Dry powder inhalers (DPIs) have several advantages over pMDIs: they are breath-activated, easy and convenient to use, and environmentally friendly. The Easyhaler® (Orion; Finland) is a multidose reservoir-type DPI developed to efficiently deliver a wide range of medications, including fixed-dose combinations of bronchodilators and corticosteroids. Easyhaler shares a similar shape with the pMDI, and its performance is unaffected by moisture, dropping, vibration, and freezing/thawing. For these reasons, Easyhaler may be considered one of the most convenient inhalers for daily use in patients with asthma or COPD.

Keywords: DPI performance; Easyhaler®; asthma; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; dry powder inhalers.

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