Category: COPD

  • Personalize the Healthcare Experience for Improved Outcomes, Happier Patients

    John Nash, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer at Redpoint Global A consumer desire for a personalized experience is converging with the healthcare consumerism trend to alter patient expectations for their relationships with caregivers. Wearable devices, IoT data, and healthcare apps that track sleep, diet, and exercise give consumers more insight and control of their overall […]

  • Buried Under Dirt or Under Debt: Can Patients Survive the Struggle of Getting Care?

    Srulik Dvorsky, TailorMed CEO and Founder New patients at a cancer center in Michigan receive a 79-page handbook when their treatments commence. The handbook includes needed advice on what to eat and the side effects of chemotherapy drugs. One double-sided page features information about how to navigate the financial aspects of cancer treatment, including who […]

  • Why a Focus on Behavioral Health is Key to Improving Quality Measures

    Tom Zaubler, MD, Chief Medical Officer of NeuroFlow Since the passage of the Medicare Improvements for Patients & Providers Act in 2008, the U.S. healthcare system has been moving towards value-based care (VBC) which encourages health providers to improve care quality by reimbursing them based on successful outcomes rather than individual medical services. The overarching […]

  • VillageMD Acquires Patient Education Platform Healthy Interactions

    What You Should Know: – VillageMD announced it has acquired Healthy Interactions, which helps patients manage chronic conditions through interactive educational programming as part of a stronger patient-provider relationship. – The Healthy Interactions program, which offers virtual, in-person and hybrid sessions, will be available from Village Medical and Village Medical at Walgreens providers in 14 […]

  • Respira Labs’ wearable device listens for lung diseases

    US company Respira Labs has developed a device worn on the chest that uses tiny speakers and microphones to project sound into the lungs and listen for signals that could indicate serious lung diseases. The Sylvee wearable uses an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to interpret sounds that may indicate trapped air in the lungs, which […]

  • Respira Launches AI Wearable for Lung Function for COPD, COVID, Asthma

    What You Should Know: – Today, Respira is introducing its AI wearable technology to monitor for certain very serious lung conditions. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and COVID-19 were the 3rd and 4th global causes of death during the height of the pandemic. Asthma, according to […]

  • Wellinks Secures $25M to Expand Virtual COPD Management Solution

    What You Should Know: Wellinks, a digital health company for virtual COPD, announced it has closed a $25M funding round, led by new investor Morningside Venture Investments and joined by returning investors HighCape Capital, Connecticut Innovations, Benslie Ltd., and Stonehenge Capital. – COPD is the third leading cause of death by disease in the U.S. […]

  • Kaia Health raises $75m for digital musculoskeletal disease therapy

    Kaia Health has raised a further $75m to expand its AI-based treatment for Musculoskeletal (MSK) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The company’s technology is based on motion-capture technology that can be used on an everyday smartphone to give feedback about exercises and physical therapy. Kaia said that the pandemic has accelerated demand and says […]

  • Kaia Health gets $75m for digital solution to strains and pains of pandemic workplace

    Kaia Health has just announced a $75 million funding round for its technology, aimed at improving musculoskeletal (MSK) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) care. Founder and CEO Konstantin Mehl spoke to pharmaphorum’s news editor Richard Staines about why these treatments will be in demand as the world emerges from the pandemic. To say that […]

  • Digital Therapeutics Startup Kaia Health Raises $75M to Optimize MSK & COPD Care

    What You Should Know: – Digital therapeutics company, Kaia Health, has raised $75M Series C round (total: $125M) to expand clinical capabilities and transform the treatment path for Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) care in the U.S. and Europe. – The Series C round was led by an unnamed leading growth equity fund with support from […]

  • Hikma shares rally after US launch of Advair generic resumes

    Shares in Hikma have rallied as it resumed the launch of its generic Advair Diskus in the US, after clearing up a final piece of bureaucracy with the FDA. The London-listed firm is one of several companies that had been trying to make generics of GlaxoSmithKline’s former respiratory diseases blockbuster for the US market. Advair […]

  • AstraZeneca breathes sigh of relief as court blocks US Symbicort generic

    A US court has upheld AstraZeneca’s patents on its respiratory drug Symbicort, blocking cheaper competition for the ageing blockbuster. The US District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia has decided in favour of AZ in litigation against Mylan Pharmaceuticals and Kindeva, the company said in a statement. Mylan, which is now part of […]

  • Highmark Health Taps Verily to Build Digital Health Tools for Living Health Model

    What You Should Know: – Highmark Health has engaged Verily to build out digital health tools for patients and analytics solutions for Highmark’s clinicians as part of its Living Health model. This marks the first collaboration of its kind for Verily, Google Cloud and a partner.   – Highmark Health is a Blue Cross Blue Shield health plan based in […]

  • Boost for Verona Pharma after trial win with inhaled COPD drug

    UK-based Verona Pharma has scored a new win with its chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) drug ensifenitrine, after a formulation delivered with an inhaler met its goals in a phase 2 trial. The company has been making slow but steady progress with ensifentrine and finally began to make a case for the potential first-in-class drug […]

  • ViewPoints Interview: GSK’s Dr. Riju Ray Shares Insights on the Role of Community-Based Pulmonologists in Improving COPD Management Among PCPs

    In a recent interview with PharmaShots, Dr. Riju Ray, MD, PhD, Senior Medical Lead at GSK, leading US medical affairs across asthma and COPD shared his views on how community-based pulmonologists are improving COPD management and education among referring PCPs. Shots: Pulmonologists identified 12 strong to moderate predictors of future COPD exacerbations, some of which […]

  • Wolters Kluwer Launches Alexa Skill to Keep Patients Engaged With Their Care Team at Home

    What You Should Know: – Wolters Kluwer, Health launches new Alexa skill, Emmi Care Plan to keep patients engaged with their care team at home following discharge from the hospital. – Using a natural dialogue that automatically adjusts to patient responses, customers can engage with the skill on Alexa-enabled devices simply by saying, “Alexa, ask […]

  • Aptar Pharma Acquires the Assets of Respiratory Startup Cohero Health

    What You Should Know: – Apstar Pharma acquires the assets of respiratory health company Cohero Health to expands its digital portfolio with a focus on respiratory disease management. – Cohero Health develops digital tools and technologies to improve respiratory care, reduce avoidable costs, and optimize medication utilization. AptarGroup, Inc., a global leader in consumer dispensing, […]

  • Mayo Clinic Launches Vocal Biomarker Study for Pulmonary Hypertension Detection

    What You Should Know: – Mayo Clinic announced a collaboration with Vocalis Health to to research and develop new voice-based tools for screening, detecting and monitoring patient health, beginning with a study to identify vocal biomarkers to detect pulmonary hypertension (PH). – The clinical validation study will utilize Vocalis Health’s proprietary software, which can operate […]

  • Rural Hospital Execs Can Beat COVID-19 By Shifting From Reactive to Proactive Care

    Eric Tran, Tulane School of Medicine Donald Voltz, MD, Aultman Hospital The COVID-19 virus is ravaging the planet at a scale not seen since the infamous Spanish Flu of the early 1900s, inflicting immense devastation as the U.S. loses more than 200,000 lives and counting. According to CDC statistics, 94% of patient mortalities associated with […]

  • Blue Cross NC Launches No-Cost Virtual Programs to Quit Smoking and Reverse Diabetes

    What You Should Know: – Today, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina partners with Carrot Inc. and Virta Health to help address two of the largest ongoing health issues facing Americans today – smoking and type 2 diabetes. – Virta and Carrot’s programs will be available to individual under-65 members and fully insured […]

  • AstraZeneca’s Trixeo Aerosphere Receives CHMP’s Recommendation for Approval to Treat COPD

    Shots: The CHMP’s positive opinion is based on P-III ETHOS & KRONOS studies, which are a part of AstraZeneca’s P-III ATHENA program assessing Trixeo Aerosphere in 15500+ patients globally across 11 trials P-III ETHOS study results reported that triple-combination therapy showed a reduction in the rate of moderate or severe exacerbations compared with the Bevespi […]

  • Verona Pharma to trial lung drug ensifentrine for COVID-19

    Verona Pharma is to develop its lung drug ensifentrine for patients with COVID-19, joining the legions of drug companies repurposing their medicines to fight the pandemic. Based in the UK and US, Verona is due to start a phase 3 trial of ensifentrine in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) later this year after encouraging results […]

  • Innovaccer, CareSignal Partner to Enable Deviceless Remote Patient Monitoring

    What You Should Know: – Innovaccer has recently partnered with CareSignal to address healthcare’s urgent need amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: to create and maintain solid, clinically actionable relationships with patients in a new set of predominantly virtual care. – CareSignal offers evidence-based end-to-end support services for chronic medical conditions such as asthma, CHF, COPD, diabetes, […]

  • AstraZeneca’s Breztri Aerosphere Receives the US FDA’s Approval for the Maintenance Treatment of COPD

    Shots: The approval is based on P-III ETHOS study assessing of Breztri Aerosphere (budesonide/glycopyrronium/formoterol fumarate) vs dual therapies [Bevespi Aerosphere (glycopyrronium/formoterol fumarate) and PT009 (budesonide/formoterol fumarate)] with mod. to sev. COPD and a history of exacerbation(s) in the previous year The P-III ETHOS study demonstrated a reduction in the rate of moderate or severe exacerbations. […]

  • AZ’s COPD triple therapy approved in the US

    AstraZeneca’s triple therapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Breztri Aerosphere (budesonide+glycopyrrolate+formoterol fumarate), has been approved in the US following a rejection last year. Approval follows a rejection by the FDA in October last year after the FDA refused to grant a licence based on findings of the KRONOS clinical trial and asked for further […]

  • Teva launches digital asthma and COPD rescue inhaler in US

    Teva has launched new digital inhaler and drug combination in the US, containing built-in sensors that connect to a phone to help manage asthma and COPD symptoms.  Israel-based Teva said the system conveys information to patients, who can use the product branded as ProAir Digihaler (albuterol sulfate) for patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  Teva noted […]

  • Propeller Health, Novartis Co-Package Asthma Medication in Europe for Prescription

    What You Should Know: – Propeller Health announced it will co-package a new asthma medication from Novartis, which was approved by the European Commission this week for use in the EU. – Enerzair® Breezhaler® plus Propeller Health sensor is the first asthma medication to be co-packaged and co-prescribed with a digital health platform. – Propeller’s […]

  • Reducing Respiratory Failure Readmissions While COPD Is on the Rise

    <div class="right-align"> <a class="btn btn-blue _gt" data-category="Hospital" data-action="Click-Button" data-label="Blog-Reducing Respiratory Failure Readmissions While COPD Is on the Rise" href="" title="Reducing Respiratory Failure Readmissions While COPD Is on the Rise" target="_blank">Download this article as a PDF</a></div> <br /> <p>Diagnoses of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) have been on the rise since the early 2000s. By 2030, […]