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Smart Inhalers Market Size By Product (Dry Powder Inhaler (DPI)- based smart inhalers, Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI)- based smart inhalers), By Disease indication (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Asthma), By Distribution channel (Hospital Pharmacies, Retail Pharmacies, e-commerce), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2019 – 2025

  • Report ID: GMI3994
  • Base Year: 2018
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Smart Inhalers Market size exceeded USD 125.9 million in 2018 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of over 11.3% from 2019 to 2025.

The smart inhaler market growth is attributed to the innovation, where the emphasis is majorly on digital partnerships between pharma and software companies to offer smart inhaler devices due to an alarming increasing prevalence of respiratory disorders. A smart inhaler is considered to be a part of the new-age digital technology, which is designed to improve respiratory disease management. The rising prevalence of respiratory diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) majorly contributes to the market expansion. The continuously growing prevalence of such chronic diseases has led to an upsurge in the demand for efficient respiratory care in recent years.

Smart Inhalers Market Overview

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However, the dearth of awareness about the symptoms of COPD and asthma has resulted in most of the people suffering from respiratory diseases remaining undiagnosed and, thus, untreated. This is considered primary factor for hampering the smart inhalers market progression. Most of the people suffering from symptoms of COPD are unaware of disease. Still, the use of smart inhalers is not widely supported within the public health system. This is owing to the limited availability of reimbursement and low awareness among the patients regarding novel technology. Moreover, the limited availability of the product in emerging regions creates an obstacle, that directly affect the overall industry growth as per the current scenario.

Market, By Product

Dry Power Inhaler (DPI)- based smart inhalers segment is projected to witness more than 10.8% growth rate through 2025. The DPI based smart inhalers contain add-on sensor developed by digital companies to work with dry powder inhaler manufactured by pharma companies. Recently, Teva introduced the digital dry powder inhaler, ProAir Digihaler with built-in sensors. The smart inhaler connects with the mobile application and provides inhaler use information to people with COPD and asthma. In the past years, various pharma companies collaborated with digital companies to develop smart inhalers.

Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI)- based smart inhalers segment accounted for around 34% of revenue share in 2018. The leading MDI manufacturers are focusing on collaborating with software and digital companies to serve the targeted population. Also, such collaborations and partnerships help manufacturers to launch their products more conveniently with enhanced distribution channel and thus drive the industry expansion.

Market, By Disease Indication

Smart Inhalers Market Size

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The asthma segment in the smart inhalers market was valued at USD 50 million in 2018. Asthma is considered as one of the most prevalent chronic inflammatory airway diseases. The growing prevalence of asthma will surge the segment growth.

The COPD segment is expected to attain a CAGR of 11% by 2025 led by the rising preference of COPD among the general population.

Market, By Distribution Channel

The hospital pharmacies segment captured 38% of the market share in 2018. The hospital pharmacies are easily accessible to patients taking treatments from the hospital. Moreover, hospital pharmacies are very well connected with the smart inhaler distributors.

Retail pharmacies distribution channel is poised to register 11.7% gains during 2019 to 2025. Various companies have created smart inhaler devices but are not directly accessible to the patients. Recently, in April 2018, Adherium received FDA approval for over-the-counter sales of its smart inhaler sensor for AstraZeneca‘s Symbicort asthma inhaler. Furthermore, growing FDA approvals for over-the-counter sales of smart inhalers will accelerate the segment revenue.

Market, By Region

APAC Smart Inhalers Market

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Asia Pacific smart inhalers market will showcase growth of 12.5% through 2025 on account of the rising healthcare expenditure and an increasing number of product development. India and China, along with other developing countries, are considered as the preferable destinations for investments and expenditure. The prime fostering factors in the region are infrastructural developments, rapid industrialization, and economic growth.

North America market size was over USD 44 million in 2018 due to the rising per capita income that is driving people to spend more on health care. This factor is slated to positively influence the growth in treatment options for respiratory disorders. Also, technological advancements and affordability of smart inhalers among the target population are further predicted to boost the regional growth.  

Competitive Market Share

Some of the notable companies operating in the smart inhalers market include AstraZeneca plc, GlaxoSmithKline, Aptar Pharma, Novartis, Boehringer Ingelheim, Teva Pharmaceuticals,  H&T Presspart Manufacturing Ltd., Findair Sp. z o. o., Vectura Group, and  Zeolr Technologies Pvt Ltd. Collaborations, partnerships, and agreements between digital and pharma companies play an important role in the market’s supply chain. The growing adoption of digitally improved inhalers across various end-use is fuelling the growth and innovation in the digital healthcare industry. The smart inhaler technology is becoming one of the most important areas of collaboration between digital health and pharma companies.

Recent industry developments:

  • In September 2017, Adherium received FDA approval for its new SmartTouch for Symbicort inhaler monitoring device for AstraZeneca’s Symbicort aerosol inhaler. The increasing number of FDA approval for smart inhalers will benefit the digital monitoring of patients.
  • In February 2017, Propeller Health collaborated with Novartis to develop a custom add-on sensor for the Breezhaler inhaler. The collaboration will help in introducing smart inhalers to the market.

Industry Background

The development of the first commercial pressurized metered-dose inhalers (pMDIs) was marketed in 1956 as the first portable multidose delivery system. Since then, the pMDI has become the most commonly prescribed inhalation device to treat COPD and asthma. While, asthma and COPD are the very common respiratory disease, where the total medication costs are high. In 2004, GlaxoSmithKline launched the first pMDI with a built-in dose counter, Seretide Evohaler. The connected devices for asthma and COPD are becoming increasingly accessible, particularly smart inhalers that can accurately monitor, track, and prompt medication use. The smart inhaler was initially introduced in the U.S market to treat asthma and COPD. Smart inhalers are rapidly evolving as one of the most noticeable areas of pharmaceutical engagement in digital health. The increasing number of companies are embracing the use of this digital technology in order to enhance the respiratory diseases management and improve the effectiveness of prescribed medications.

Smart inhalers market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD million from 2016 to 2025, for the following segments:

Market, By Product, 2016-2025 (USD Million)

  • Dry Powder Inhaler (DPI)- based smart inhalers
  • Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI)- based smart inhalers

Market, By Disease Indication, 2016-2025 (USD Million)

  • Asthma
  • COPD

Market, By Distribution Channel, 2016-2025 (USD Million)

  • Hospital Pharmacies
  • Retail Pharmacies
  • e-commerce

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
  • Asia Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
    • Australia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • Middle East Asia & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Turkey
    • Saudi Arabia


Authors: Sumant Ugalmugle

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of smart inhalers surpassed USD 125 million in 2018.

The industry share of smart inhalers is expected to witness over 11% CAGR from 2019 to 2025.

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  • Published Date: Sep 2019
  • Companies covered: 10
  • Tables & Figures: 177
  • Countries covered: 16
  • Pages: 220

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