To control an asthma patient’s symptoms, doctors will prescribe an inhaler to stop symptoms from cropping up and a rescue inhaler to be used if patients find themselves in the middle of an asthma attack.
“But if your rescue inhaler doesn’t give you the relief that you need, your next recourse is to go to the emergency room and get a breathing treatment. When you walk in that emergency room, the costs start at about $1,500,” medtech veteran Arik Anderson told Drug Delivery Business News. “These are avoidable healthcare costs.”
The root of the issue is that people are not properly taking their medications, according to Anderson. It’s not just affecting patient outcomes, either – medication nonadherence is a $300 billion problem in the U.S., he said.