Anselm Ebert, João Ventura Fernandes, Ameet Sule and Sunita Sule discuss the rising need for respiratory medication in the developing world. They go on to highlight the novel challenges presented by these new markets and explain how a new DPI, PowdAir Plus™, meets those challenges, offering a solution to the increase in chronic respiratory conditions across the globe.
Brian Jones and Susana Ecenarro Probst discuss the growing interest in using inhaled APIs to treat systemic conditions. Furthermore, they review some of the methods used to engineer molecules to be suitable for DPI capsules and look to the possibility of administering biomolecules via the pulmonary route.
Pulmonary drug delivery is an effective route of pharmaceutical administration but research has shown that a large majority of patients fail to use their devices properly, training devices can help address this problem. Joe Reynolds looks at the design challenges that need to be addressed as well as some of the latest features that can be incorporated to develop optimal training devices for patients.
Paul Sullivan and Craig Baker point out that most patients with asthma do not use their inhaler properly, and review evidence from a trial of five different methods designed to improve inhaler use. They conclude that training devices could be effective tools to increase patient confidence and reduce anxiety.
With the growing problems caused by antimicrobial resistance, there is increasing interest in the use of improved strategies for drug delivery. David L. Hava explores the benefits of nebulised inhaled antibiotics delivered via high throughput nebulisers for aqueous formulations or dry powder inhalations for cystic fibrosis patients.