Flyp Nebulizer – A Revolutionary Way to Treat Asthma and COPD

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Neal Howard: Hello and welcome to Health Professional
Radio. I’m your host Neal Howard, glad you could
join us today. Well it’s September and that means fall allergies
at this time of year, especially dangerous for those who suffer from allergies and respiratory
diseases like asthma and COPD. Our guest today is Dr. David Shih, co-founder
of CityMD Urgent Care and he’s going to talk to us about this new nebulizer called Flyp®. Welcome to the program Doctor, how are you? Dr David Shih: Thank you for having me. Neal: Tell us about yourself and what do you
practice? Dr Shih: So I am a board-certified emergency
medicine physician, currently in the urgent care
Field. The practice is stationed mainly in the New
York metropolitan area so we service millions of people over the years. Neal: Now I said that we were going to talk
about this new nebulizer. What is a nebulizer and who needs to use one
of those things? Dr Shih: So I think well that’s a great question. A nebulizer is a device that turns liquid
medicine into a mist and it’s oftentimes very commonly
used in conditions such as asthma and COPD or chronic obstructive lung disease. A nebulizer deliver the same type of medicine
as a metered dose inhaler or called an MDI. The difference is that a nebulizer is a little
bit more effective when the patient is struggling to breathe because it delivers a mist and
just easier to breathe this in. Often times it is used in the acute care setting,
in the emergency rooms, in urgent care setting as a way to get the patient back into normal
breathing status. Neal: So nebulizers have been around for a
while. What is it about Flyp® that’s so remarkable? Dr Shih: Flyp® is unique in that it is the
smallest and lightest mobile nebulizer to be cleared by the FDA. It’s small enough to fit your pocket, it is
about the size of your mobile phone and unlike the traditional nebulizers out there which
are generally very bulky and stationary, Flyp® is small and mobile so this offers a lot of
advantages. The main thing is that it’s fast, it’s efficient,
it’s quiet, it’s unique that it’s easy to use. There’s three quick steps: fill, click, breathe. Essentially fill the cartridge with medication,
you click the button and you breathe in the medicated nebulized mist that comes out of
it. So it doesn’t require any additional masks
or tubes that you’ll see in the traditional nebulizer and because it’s small, it’s powered
by battery, don’t need to be plugged in and stationary like a traditional nebulizer. So this allows you the ability to go about
your business, move about, it’s an on-the-go nebulizer, their charge is good for about
ten treatments and each treatment lasts for about seven minutes. So I think because of its mobility, because
of its size, it’s really changed a lot of people’s view about the treatment of asthma
and COPD and all the respiratory diseases in certain situations. Neal: Does it work as well with infants? A lot of infants need to use a nebulizer,
is this something that can be used with with a baby? Dr Shih: So currently Flyp® is approved for
a thirteen years old and above and certainly the focus is also to provide Flyp® for the
pediatric population. There’s just a lot more safety checklist that
the smart people at Flyp® have to overcome and make sure the FDA approves
but I’m very optimistic that Flyp® will be available to the pediatric population very
soon. Neal: Now we did talk about COPD and asthma
but during the fall especially, there are people who suffer from allergies who may just
need to use this very very sporadically and not something ongoing like say with asthma
or COPD. You say the charge is good for about ten
treatments, does it stay charged as long as it’s not being used? Dr Shih: So it’s similar to any product that’s
charged, it’s charged by a simple USB port and it has the battery life of 10 usage so
if it’s not used, it’s good for 10 uses. Once the power levels are low, it just needs
to be recharged so it’s very simple and easy to use like your phone. Neal: And I guess it doesn’t matter what type
of medicine that you use, it’s going to turn it into that mist if it’s that type of medication. Dr Shih: Right. So nebulized treatment is fairly standard,
it’s fairly normal and to kind of answer the questions we’ve talked about before, there’s
a lot of patients, millions of people who suffer from allergies from the weather, from
the fall because during the fall there’s a lot of environmental triggers, right. The cold air, the high pollen counts, ragweed,
mold, mildew, the raking of the leaves sometimes can trigger a lot of allergies and if you
are in a household with pets that go outdoors and then it comes back in, they can certainly
bring some of these allergens back home. I think for the most part, patients can deal
with allergies in a lot of different ways. They stay indoors when the pollen counts are
high, if they know they suffer from allergies, having the air filter is very helpful or being
on over-the-counter medication is very helpful. But there are people with allergy where it
gets to a point where it starts affecting their breathing and it starts triggering asthma
so having an on-the-go nebulizer like Flyp® is handy, it’s helpful and
there are a lot of advantages on having this kind of freedom and to say that Flyp® can
offer. Neal: Is Flyp® easy to take apart and reassemble
for for cleaning or maintenance by the by the person who’s using it? Dr Shih: Yeah. I think when Flyp® was designed, the idea
was that it needs to be easy, needs to be simple to use, it’s very easy to clean – that’s
definite. The reason for that is because you
improve compliance. So one of the things that has gotten providers
and patients excited is that nebulizers are not new but when you have a nebulizer that’s
easy to use, when you have a nebulizer that portable now potentially the compliance of
medication is higher and asthma has always traditionally been one of those very tough
chronic diseases that’s hard to manage and some of the reasons is due to non-compliance
of medication. And asthma is also one of those disease processes
that leads to higher increase in ER visit so when there’s a product like Flyp® that
potentially could offer patients a safety net, offer patients the freedom to move about,
there’s a good opportunity to lower these ER visits. It’s a good opportunity to improve compliance
so there’s quite a lot of value when patients and providers when they see this product,
the common question is “Hey, where do I get one of these things?” Neal: Where can we go online and learn how
to get our hands on one? Dr Shih: So that there are two websites that
you can look at. One is called and the second
one is Neal: And Flyp® is spelled F-L-Y-P just to
clarify. Dr Shih: Correct. Neal: Dr Shih: And with an S Neal: with an S. Thank
you for joining us today Dr. Shih, it’s been a pleasure. Dr Shih: Thank you very much. Neal: You’ve been listening the Health Professional
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One thought on “Flyp Nebulizer – A Revolutionary Way to Treat Asthma and COPD

  1. Eh, this design seems much more limited than the Omron MicroAir. And while it's somewhat cool that it uses an internal lithium battery that's rechargeable via USB (ugh, micro, not USB-C), I worry about the long-term longevity of that battery and how hard it would be to replace it once it eventually wears out. My Omron can also be adapted to fit a standard-sized nebulizer mask, for both adults and young children. Finally, the Omron also has an optional AC adapter cable to be powered directly by mains power when you want to conserve battery energy. They both appear to be roughly the same size with the Flyp looking somewhat thinner. I do wonder what's the volume of the Flyp's medicine bottle is compared to the Omron model.

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