Inhaler Devices

Fundamentals, Design and Drug Delivery

Edited by

  • Polina Prokopovich, University of Cardiff, UK

Given their direct impact on the health and quality of life for millions, inhalers represent a major turning point in the history of modern medicine. Inhaler devices: Fundamentals, design and drug delivery provides readers with an introduction to the fundamentals of inhaler technology, with a comprehensive discussion of the history of inhalers as well as a discussion on current research and development.

Part one discusses the fundamentals and development of inhaler devices as well as drug formulations for inhalers. The treatment of asthma is also discussed. Part two reviews recent developments in drug formulation and nanotechnology for inhaler devices, emerging inhaler technology and possible future trends.

Inhaler devices: Fundamentals, design and drug delivery is an essential design guide for good industrial practice, and will be an invaluable resource for those researching and treating conditions such as asthma; and those developing and manufacturing inhalation devices.
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Industrial experts with interests in pharmaceutical product/inhalation devices and formulation development; Biomaterial and surface scientists; Nano-and bio-tribologists; Medical, pharmaceutical and bioengineering students and academics


Book information

  • Published: April 2013
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-0-85709-496-4

Table of Contents

Part 1 Fundamentals and considerations of inhaler devices: Anatomy and pathophysiology of the respiratory system; History of inhaler devices; Tribology of inhaler devices and components; Novel coatings and biotechnology trends in inhaler devices; Microbial control and safety in inhalation devices. Part 2 Drug formulations for inhaler devices: Chitosan and inhalers: A bioadhesive polymer for pulmonary drug delivery; Polyelectrolyte assemblies for drug storage and delivery: Multilayers, nanocapsules, and multicapsules; Functionalized core-shell nanoparticles for medical applications.