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General information

Poor adherence in asthma patients contributes to uncontrolled asthma symptoms, mortality and morbidity, impaired quality of life, exacerbations and urgent healthcare intervention.1

Inhaler misuse has also been associated with increased risk of hospitalisation, emergency hospital visits, courses of oral steroids and poor disease control.2 It can often be caused by patients forgetting how to use their inhalers appropriately and sometimes introducing new errors with time.3

Repeated video instruction has been shown to improve inhaler device technique in patients with asthma and COPD,4,5 and observation of technique by a healthcare professional or by asthma patients themselves can be useful to detect problems.6 Also, a reminder to use the inhaler is an effective strategy for improving adherence.1

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Chiesi has launched a mobile app to help improve device technique and adherence in adult patients with asthma or COPD, who have been prescribed maintenance therapy with Fostair® (beclometasone and formoterol).

The main features of the Patient Support app are:

  • Technique training – Patients can record their own technique and compare it to videos of device technique best practice, rate their technique and share their findings with their HCP.
  • Reminders - Patients can receive ‘dose due’ reminders to help improve adherence.
  • Daily motivational messages - Patients can choose to receive daily messages reminding them of the benefits of regular treatment.
  • Milestones - Patients can view 'milestones' of consecutive days where all doses have been taken.