A Seismic Shift for Inhalation Is Just
An 'intelligent' inhaler that monitors usability and performance is part
of a new mindset to drive emerging technologies.
By Richard Beesley, 3M Drug Delivery Systems
For 35 years, I’ve watched new technology in drug delivery methods emerge from nearly every seat in the house, from R&D to project management to business
Over the course of those years and job titles,
this industry has remained steady in its approach
of small, incremental changes. While progress can
often feel like it is moving at a glacial pace, patient
safety demands it, along with product integrity and
the confidence of commercial supply.
Of course, glaciers have been known to
dramatically reshape a landscape over time.
When I look back over nearly four decades, the
transformation carved out by constantly emerging
technology is mind-boggling.
Today, we are on the verge of a seismic shift in
one drug delivery method in particular: inhalation.
Currently, an alarming number of patients suffering
from asthma and COPD don’t get the proper dose
of their medication due to the simple fact that they
are improperly using their inhalers. One research