Adherium has announced U.S. FDA 510(K) clearance for its new SmartTouch for Symbicort inhaler monitoring device for AstraZeneca’s Symbicort aerosol inhaler. The SmartTouch for Symbicort is a device installed onto a patient’s inhaler to monitor and encourage medication adherence as part of a self-management plan. It is the latest product to be added to Adherium’s product portfolio to assist patients, who suffer from respiratory conditions such as asthma and COPD, with adherence.
Adherence to medication is crucial for the successful management of many chronic diseases, but it is common for patients with respiratory conditions to only take between one third and one half of their prescribed medications.
Arik Anderson, CEO of Adherium, said: “The SmartTouch for Symbicort is the most advanced Smartinhaler product to date for Adherium and a key product in our strategic collaboration with AstraZeneca by bringing the benefits of digital monitoring to patients and their physicians".
"With each new generation, our Smartinhalers get smaller, easier to use, and incorporate more sensors that generate higher quality data, and higher levels of medication adherence. This is Adherium’s third U.S. 510(k) clearance to market. In addition, the company has secured clearances in Europe, Canada, Australia, China, Singapore and New Zealand.”
The next generation device records the date and time the inhaler is used and automatically transmits this information to an app on the patient’s phone or tablet. The SmartTouch stores the history of patient medication usage patterns, allowing physicians to also review the information and help make evidence-based decisions on how best to meet the patient’s needs.
The SmartTouch can be used in home monitoring programs, such as hospital re-admission prevention programs, where maintaining medication adherence after hospital discharge is a key objective.
SmartTouch for Symbicort is designed to make inhaler installation and removal easy for all patients, especially older patients with COPD. The SmartTouch design includes three buttons that help patients easily access the audio visual-reminders, battery monitoring, and Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) pairing features.