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First Digital Quick-Relief Albuterol Inhaler Uses Technology to Aid in Asthma Management

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is sharing this information from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. to bring you the latest asthma and allergy news quickly.


PRESS RELEASE

Teva Announces Availability of ProAir® Digihaler® (albuterol sulfate 117 mcg) Inhalation Powder for Patients with Asthma and COPD

- First and Only Digital Rescue Inhaler with Built-In Sensors Now Available By Prescription to Patients in the U.S.

- Companion App Provides Objective Inhaler Event Data, Including Peak Inspiratory Flow. This data may be used to facilitate Health Care Provider-Patient Communication

- Complete Digihaler®Portfolio Expected to be Available in the U.S. By Prescription Later This Year

TEL AVIV & PARSIPPANY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Teva Respiratory, LLC., a U.S. affiliate of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) today announced the launch of ProAir® Digihaler® (albuterol sulfate 117 mcg) Inhalation Powder, the first and only digital rescue inhaler indicated in patients four years or older for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm who have reversible obstructive airway disease, and for prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB). The device features built-in Bluetooth® Wireless Technology sensors, which connect to a companion mobile app and provide inhaler event information.

“The launch of ProAir® Digihaler® and its companion app provides a great opportunity for bringing a new digital health tool to asthma and COPD patients in the U.S.,” said Brendan O’Grady, Executive Vice President, North America Commercial at Teva Pharmaceuticals. “We are especially proud to provide our first Digihaler® product at a time when digital health technology is growing and continues to transform patient care, since it will enable patients to electronically record and monitor their rescue inhaler use.”

The ProAir® Digihaler® inhaler detects, records and stores objective inhaler event data, including timestamp and inhalation characteristics such as peak inspiratory flow. Patients are then able to view this data on the ProAir® Digihaler® app, which informs patients if their inhaler technique may need improvement. If desired, patients can share these data with their healthcare providers (HCPs) to help facilitate dialogue around the assessment and management of their condition and discuss if their inhaler technique may need improvement.

“It is our belief that ProAir® Digihaler® and the companion app will help address an unmet need for HCPs by providing objective rescue inhaler use data when managing their patients,” said Sven Dethlefs, Executive Vice President, Global Marketing & Portfolio at Teva Pharmaceuticals. “Ultimately, this technology may help patients who use ProAir® Digihaler®& and its accompanying app to have a better-informed dialogue with their HCP about their disease management and treatment decisions.”

ProAir® Digihaler® was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2018 and is a part of Teva’s Digihaler® portfolio, which also includes AirDuo® Digihaler® (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol) Inhalation Powder and ArmonAir® Digihaler® (fluticasone propionate) Inhalation Powder. AirDuo® Digihaler® is indicated for the maintenance treatment of asthma in patients 12 years of age and older and ArmonAir® Digihaler® is indicated for the maintenance treatment of asthma in patients 12 years and older. Both products are expected to become commercially available to patients in the coming months. Please view the Important Safety Information for these products below.

The Wholesale Acquisition Cost (WAC or “list price”) for ProAir® Digihaler® is $146.67. Actual costs to individual patients and providers for ProAir® Digihaler® are anticipated to be lower than WAC because WAC does not account for additional rebates and discounts that may apply. Savings on out-of-pocket costs may vary depending on the patient’s insurance payer and eligibility for participation in the assistance program. ProAir® Digihaler® is also supported by a co-pay card program. Patients can register for, and download, the card on ProAirDigihaler.com.

PROAIR®DIGIHALER®APPROVED USES

ProAir® Digihaler® (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder is a prescription medicine used in people 4 years of age and older to:

  • treat or prevent bronchospasm in people who have reversible obstructive airway disease
  • prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm

ProAir Digihaler contains a built-in electronic module that detects, records and stores inhaler event information. ProAir Digihaler may be used with, and transmits information to, a mobile app. ProAir Digihaler does not need to be connected to the mobile app in order for patients to take their medicine.



AIRDUO® DIGIHALER® APPROVED USES

  • AirDuo Digihaler is a prescription medicine used to control symptoms of asthma and to prevent symptoms such as wheezing in people 12 years of age and older.
  • AirDuo Digihaler is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems from asthma and won't replace a rescue inhaler.

    AirDuo Digihaler contains a built-in electronic module that records and stores information about inhaler events. AirDuo Digihaler may be used with, and transmits information to, a mobile App.

    AirDuo Digihaler does not need to be connected to the app in order for you to take your medicine.

About Teva

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) has been developing and producing medicines to improve people’s lives for more than a century. We are a global leader in generic and specialty medicines with a portfolio consisting of over 3,500 products in nearly every therapeutic area. Around 200 million people around the world take a Teva medicine every day and are served by one of the largest and most complex supply chains in the pharmaceutical industry. Along with our established presence in generics, we have significant innovative research and operations supporting our growing portfolio of specialty and biopharmaceutical products. Learn more at www.tevapharm.com

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I offered to email it to my dr or nurse but they aren't interested. However, it helps me out because I can see how often I use my inhaler. Their app also lets me put in my other asthma meds that can't use the sensor and track those as well. I take Symbicort 2x a day and have set reminders as I was bad at remembering to use it and now, I use it 12 out of 14 times a week (those missed are usually on the weekends when I tend to sleep in and don't think about it). 

I've been using a sensor put out by Propeller that does nearly the same thing and have really enjoyed it. I get a report each month showing my usage. The only thing it doesn't offer is the comparison of my inhaler technique. 

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