Adherium has released the SmartTurbo Model 4, its next generation adherence monitoring technology for AstraZeneca’s Turbuhaler medication.

SmartTurbo Model 4 includes usability improvements to make the installation and removal of the Turbuhaler easier for older patients with COPD, according to a company press announcement.

The device also features a series of new larger buttons that help patients easily access new optional device features, including audio visual-reminders, battery monitoring, and Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) pairing. The company has also added new sensors to generate more data for monitoring and providing feedback on correct use of the inhaler for priming, inhalation, and closing of the medication at each use. The release of SmartTurbo Model 4 is the company’s second SmartTurbo device release in two years.

“We believe that SmartTurbo Model 4 will address a key unmet need for patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by monitoring and improving adherence to their medications,” said Arik Anderson, CEO of Adherium. “We are now demonstrating the ability to design, obtain regulatory approvals, transfer to production, and release to market, on an annual cycle – improving the device with each successive generation.”

The SmartTurbo Model 4 is currently on display at the 27th International Congress of the European Respiratory Society (ERS). It can be viewed at AstraZeneca’s booth (L.01) or Adherium’s booth (P.12).