Cartridge replacement is straightforward. The dose indicator will let the patient know when they need to do this.
The dose indicator shows the number of remaining doses.
Yellow means there are only 10 or fewer puffs remaining and a new cartridge will soon be needed
Red tells you when the cartridge is used up and needs replacing.
Respimat® re-usable is available as a single pack (one Respimat® re-usable inhaler plus one cartridge) and a single refill pack (one cartridge). One cartridge contains 60 puffs (30 medicinal doses).
Each re-usable inhaler may be used with up to six cartridges, after which time a new Respimat® re-usable inhaler pack should be prescribed.
There is an option within prescribing systems which allows a prescriber to choose refills.
Yes. When designing the Respimat® re-usable, only a few secondary components of the Respimat® inhaler, such as the dose indicator and the length of the body, had to be modified or added. Delivered dose (DD) and particle size distribution (PSD) of the Respimat® re-usable inhaler were compared with data from a disposable Respimat®. Performance, in terms of delivered dose and fine particle dose, was unchanged. The delivered doses over nine cartridges were also stable and consistently within the upper and lower limits of the reference inhaler.
The Respimat® re-usable is licenced for use with up to six cartridges.
Boehringer Ingelheim simplified handling, improved readability of the dose indicator and redesigned the Respimat® for re-use with multiple cartridges based on patient and physician feedback. The Respimat® re-usable also offers the potential to reduce environmental impact from re-use with up to six cartridges.