Starhaler® Device Finalist at Medical Design Excellence Awards
MUMBAI, India, April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
SPARC Ltd’s Combitide Starhaler(R) for asthma and COPD is a finalist at the 2012
Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) to be held in Philadelphia this May.
MDEA is the premier awards program for the medical technology community, and the only
awards program that exclusively recognizes contributions and advances in the design of
Combitide Starhaler(R) is a novel, high performance multi dose dry powder inhaler.
This next generation DPI improves on current marketed devices.
The inhaler has a uniform delivery profile that ensures that the full intended metered
dose of the drug is administered to the deep lung, regardless of the strength of the
patient’s intake of breath. This step change in inhaler technology offers a reliable and
easy to use device, particularly for patients with impaired lung function
Similar therapeutic benefit to the marketed devices was achieved while only using half
the amount of drug. This reduced drug usage offer significant benefits to patients, over
the side effects associated with many asthma and COPD therapies.
In addition, the device integrates a number of user-friendly design features. These
include: a numerical dose counter to indicate at a glance how many more doses are left in
the inhaler before it runs out, a luminous feature to enable users to find the device in
the dark, and a small pop-out ‘braille’ button which activates when there are only a few
doses remaining. The device also features a unique palm-held form, designed to discreetly
house the complex dose carriage and delivery system, yet remain comfortable to hold and
Combitide Starhaler(R) has been introduced in the Indian market last year by Sun
Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company Ltd (NSE: SPARC, BSE: 532872) is an international
pharmaceutical company engaged in research and development of drugs and delivery systems.
More information about the company can be found at http://www.sunpharma.in.
“The Company is proposing, subject to market conditions and other considerations,
rights issue of its equity shares and the Company has filed a Draft Letter of Offer with
the Stock Exchanges and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”). The Draft
Letter of Offer is available on the website of SEBI at http://www.sebi.gov.in and the
website of the Lead Manager at http://www.ey.com/IN/en/Services/Transactions. Any
potential investor should note that investment in equity shares involves a high degree of
risk. For details, see the section titled “Risk Factors” of the Draft Letter of Offer.”
About the Award
The award is based upon descriptive materials submitted to the jurors; the jurors and
the competition operators did not verify the accuracy of any submission or of any claims
made and did not test the item to which the award was given.
Entries for the MDEA are evaluated on the basis of their design, engineering features,
innovative use of materials, user-related functions that improve healthcare delivery,
features that provide enhanced patient benefits, and the ability of the product
development team to overcome design and engineering challenges so that the product meets
its clinical objectives.
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