Today’s improvement in asthma treatment: role of MART and Easyhaler
Asthma affects more than 330 million people worldwide, but many analyses have shown that there are still a lot of unmet needs for both patients and physicians in the treatment of asthma: poor adherence to treatment is one of the main causes of sub-optimal clinical results. Maintenance and Reliever Therapy (MART) with the combination of formoterol and inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) has an established scientific rationale and demonstrated to reduce asthma exacerbations. The aim of this review is to highlight how in asthmatic patients MART can be able to express its maximum therapeutic potential when administered through an ‘ideal inhaler’. Since the treatment may be necessary several times a day, the use of a single combination inhaler simplifies the management, potentially improving adherence; moreover, easiness of use and comfort in administration of asthma treatment devices are not secondary aspects. Asthmatic patients are often young, with a normal relational and working life and they could request for a comfortable and not too noticeable device. Finally to the “ideal inhaler” is requested to guarantee accuracy, dose consistency, and resistance to stress conditions. Easyhaler® more closely demonstrates many expected characteristics: effective, consistent performance regardless of inspiration rate, stability, versatility, with several patient acceptability advantages. Asthma control is enhanced by a strong adherence obtained through the combination in a single inhaler of both maintenance and reliever therapy and the availability of a device as close as possible to the characteristics of the ideal inhaler.
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