Chiesi, the UK and Ireland affiliate of Italian pharmaceutical company Chiesi Farmaceutici, has announced the launch of a mobile app for adult asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients who use Fostair or Fostair NEXThaler inhalers.
The app has been designed to aid healthcare professionals in improving the device technique and medication adherence of their adult patients with asthma or COPD. It is not intended to completely replace the advice of healthcare professionals.
Chiesi wants the app to tackle the common problem of inefficient inhalation technique by patients who forget how to use their inhalers correctly. Inhaler misuse increases the risk of hospitalisation, emergency hospital visits, courses of oral steroids and poor disease control.
Inefficient inhalation has been identified as a barrier to effective asthma care and contributes to uncontrolled asthma, mortality and morbidity, impaired quality of life, exacerbations and urgent health care interventions.
To help improve adherence, the Chiesi Respiratory Patient Support app allows patients to record their inhaler technique and compare it to videos of best practice, rate their technique and then share the findings with a healthcare professional. Patients can also opt to receive dose reminders, log when doses have been taken and achieve ‘milestones’ if they successfully take their medication over consecutive days. They can also receive daily motivational messages.
Chiesi UK managing director Tom Delahoyde said: “Our aim is to help healthcare professionals to better support patients in achieving the desired outcome from their Fostair treatment. With this in mind, we have designed an app which aims to support healthcare professionals with patient inhaler technique training.
“The importance of treatment adherence is well-established and if we can play a role in helping patients to use their inhalers as prescribed by their healthcare professional, we hope to make a real impact on their lives. We are very excited to bring this new tool to patients and their healthcare professionals and plan to update it following feedback from clinicians and patients.”
The app can be downloaded from http://www.chiesirespiratory.co.uk as well as the App Store and Google Play.