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Need for a comparative performance standard for dry powder inhalers.
  1. R Richards,
  2. M Saunders
  1. Department of Respiratory Medicine, Llandough Hospital, Cardiff.


    The efficacy of dry powder inhalers is dependent on the inspiratory flow rate at which they are used. The resistance to airflow through five different dry powder inhaler devices was measured. The devices were shown to vary significantly, with the Turbohaler having the highest resistance. We suggest that the performance of dry powder inhalers should be assessed at comparable pressure drops producing clinically relevant inspiratory flow rates for each device.

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