ICOone us also suitable for high volume fully automated manufacturing for commercial products. For example:
- High cost drugs with individually tailored dosing regimen or need for cold storage
- Replacement for traditional multi-dose devices to reduce cost in emergency rooms, ambulances, short time hospitalization etc
- Supplement to traditional multi-dose devices when a unit-dose device is suitable on travel, sports/recreational activities, in the office, in the car etc.
Some inhaled drugs are not suitable for a multi-dose device with 60-120 doses. For example, a multi-dose device is neither practical nor cost effective if the prescription would be one dose/day for 11 days.
If the drug has a room temperature stability of one day and therefore requires cold storage, it is more practical to store all individual doses in a refrigerator and only take out the dose for the day. Again, it is not practical to use a multi-dose device for such drugs (for example bio-molecules).
To have a unit-dose device for traditional LABA, LAMA and ICS can be of great value in situations when not all doses in a multi-dose device are to be used. This can be the case in an ambulance or emergency room when the patient needs one or very few doses of LABA or LAMA. Often in such situations, a new multi dose device is opened and then, for hygienic reasons, discarded after only few doses taken.
This is a waste of drug and money and adds to the environmental burden. A unit-dose device effectively reduces this waste.
A unit-dose device can also be very useful for the user in situations when a multi-dose device is not practical. This can be on travel, sports/recreational activities, in the office or in the car. In such situations, the patient would prefer to bring only one dose and not 120. Also, the cost is of significance. A new multi-dose device can cost up to 200 USD. Many patients are reluctant to leave something worth 200 USD unattended in for example a gym bag. An ICOone is significantly smaller than a multi-dose device and will easily fit in any pocket and is also significantly cheaper.