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Chris Zakanycz
Blake McCal
Michael Finocchiaro
Nick Faas
Jonathan Planten


Health Care Issue

There are 25 million people in the U.S. that have asthma and 6.3 million of these people are under the age of 18. Asthma is a chronic disease that is caused by inflammation of the airways in the lungs. This can lead to coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest, or shortness of breath. On average 10 people die from asthma every day. These deaths can be avoided through the use of inhalers, however a lot of people(especially children) forget their inhalers when they go places. A solution to this would be to have a smaller and more compact inhaler that can be put on the back of a phone case. This would reduce the risk of forgetting inhalers because people are constantly on their phones and would never have to worry about not having them with them.
Works Cited:

  1. Asthma Facts and Figures. In Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Retrieved from
  2. Asthma. (2017). In American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. Retrieved September 5, 2017, from
  3. How Is Asthma Treated and Controlled?. (2014, August 4). In National Heart, Lung, and, Blood Institute. Retrieved from

Customer Validation

  1. Arizona Pulmonary Specialists, LTD.   (602) 274-7195
  2. HonorHealth Pulmonology    (623) 580-5800
  3. Pulmonary Associates, PA, South Office    (602) 258-4951
  4. Tanmay Panchabhai, MD, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center    (602) 406-4000
  5. Rajeev Saggar, MD, Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix    (602) 839-2000
  6. Miquel Gomez II, MD, Banner Estrella Medical Center    (623) 327-4000 and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center    (602) 588-5555
  7. Rupali Drewek, MD, Phoenix Children’s Medical Group-Pulmonology (602) 933-0985
  8. Dr. Lilia Parra-Roide, MD, St Joseph's Pediatrics (602) 635-6551
  9. Dr. Dawn Schwartz, DO, St Joseph's Pediatrics (602) 635-6551
  10. Dr. Brian Millhollon, AZ Allergy and Asthma Specialists (480) 705-8844
  11. Stephen R. Anthony, MD, Pulmonary Associates (602) 997-7263
  12. Dr. Cameron Dick, MD, Banner University Medical Center Phoenix (602) 264-5685
  13. David Drachler, MD,  HonorHealth Medical Group Physician (602) 997-7331
  14. Gerald Schwartzberg, MD,  HonorHealth Medical Group Physician (602) 997-7331
  15. Michael Lepire, MD, Phoenix Medical Group (623) 815-7800
  16. Mohammad H. Madantschi, MD, Phoenix Medical Group (623) 815-7800
  17. Mahmoud Mahafzah, MD, Phoenix Medical Group (623) 815-7800
  18. Walter Migotto, MD, Phoenix Medical Group (623) 815-7800
  19. Ali Mojaverian, MD, Phoenix Medical Group (623) 815-7800
  20. Robert R. Orr, DO, Phoenix Medical Group (623) 815-7800


Funhaler Child Incentive Spacer

- Provides comfort knowing proper dose is inhaled, Ensures effective medication delivery, Promotes deep breathing by rewarding children with fun incentives, Reassures you that your child’s breathing technique will allow effective medication, Suitable for children 18 months and over, Latex free

- Is only targeted toward children, Is not as compact as a phone case would be, Not convenient to carry around

Aer, Airgora

- Promotes proper use of medication, Reduces asthma-related costs

- Is not mobile, Must be plugged in, Seems complicated to use
Works Cited:

  1. Kids Asthma funhaler incentive spacer for asthma. (n.d.). Retrieved September 05, 2017, from
  2. Aer by: Abidur Chowdhury | Airgora. (n.d.). Retrieved September 05, 2017, from

IP Position

When looking for patents against our design we couldn’t find anything that reflected how we wanted to create our device. Instead we found a broad patent that described a medical device case that had a variety of different functions, none of which seemed feasible or realistic(WO 2016022760 A1). If we were to patent our design it would be very easy to get past this because there really isn’t anything like our design on the market right now. In our research we came across an interesting design for a slimmed down inhaler that uses natural salt crystals instead of compressed air as a medium for the medicine. When designing our device we may try and develop an inhaler design similar to this or just integrating the pre-existing compressed air design of inhaler into our case.
Works Cited:

  1. Patent US9590683 - Medical device case. (n.d.). Retrieved September 05, 2017, from
  2. Patent US6105574 - Single dose inhaler II. (n.d.). Retrieved September 05, 2017, from
  3. Patent US6578571 - Drug delivery device and methods therefor. (n.d.). Retrieved September 05, 2017, from

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