Metered-dose inhalers: actuators old and new
Author: Lewis, David
Source: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery, Volume 4, Number 3, May 2007 , pp. 235-245(11)
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Abstract:The actuator has been the patient interface of the metered-dose inhaler for the past 50 years. The original 1956 design remains a significant influence upon today's actuators and, moreover, its distinct geometry is still recognisable on the market. The actuator has contributed to the metered-dose inhaler's success as a clinically effective and cost-effective device. This review focuses upon developments since the actuator's introduction as an integral part of the metered-dose inhaler and discusses key aspects of its design that influence lung deposition potential. The ability of the actuator to reduce unwanted oropharyngeal drug deposition, facilitate correct patient use and provide valuable patient feedback is highlighted.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2007-05-01