Ventohaler - the Presidential Award winning asthma medication device

Two researchers from the Universities of J'pura and Moratuwa get together to bring produce a locally manufactured performance-enhanced inhaler for asthma patients.

This innovation is a medical device (dry powder inhaler) used for administration of drugs in powder form to patients suffering from Asthma.The device is innovated after a detailed study of the performances of existing devices.  Several research papers have been published both locally and internationally. It was designed and a prototype was tested on “Cascade Impactor” which is used to measure the performance of inhaler devices experimentally. The device is under production which again utilizes the local expertise and resources and is available in the local market for an affordable price.It has been registered under the medical / drug authorities as a substitute for imported dry powder inhalers. Currently the patent for the device is pending under patent number 14475.
 
The inventors •Dr. Anil Goonathilake (Dept. of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sri J’pura)
          •Mr. K.H. Janaka Mangala (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Eng., University of Moratuwa)  

     ,were awarded the 2008 President’s Merit Award, the ceremony of which was held in January of 2012.

     The device is currently marketed under the name of 'Ventohaler' and is manufactured by Lina Manufacturing Pvt. Ltd. Ratmalana and marketed by Akbar Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd.

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