Why TEVA’s Cannabis Inhaler is a Big Deal


Bethan Jenkins

January 4th, 2017

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A metered-dose TEVA cannabis inhaler is about to be revealed to the world by TEVA Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. The Israeli multinational generic drug manufacturer has teamed up with Syqe Medical to circulate the pocket-sized selective-dose cannabis inhalers, which have already been administered to Rambam Health Care Campus patients in Haifa for more than a year.

Currently, Israel cannabis is used by approximately 25,000 Israeli patients, as part of the country’s formal medical marijuana program. This program was approved by the Ministry of Health in 1992, following the publication of research conducted by discoverer of the endocannabinoid system, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam. Medical cannabis research and development is contributing to the innovation of products that deliver marijuana, like the TEVA cannabis inhaler.

TEVA Israel’s CEO, Avinoam Sapir, said “TEVA Israel is entering the field of medical cannabis out of a deep commitment to patients coping with pain.” Distribution and cooperation for the first-in-class device are currently awaiting approval from the Ministry of Health. However, the Syqe Inhaler™ will likely be given the go-ahead for home use next year.

Advanced Level of Precision

Childproof and designed to deliver metered doses of cannabis with 100 microgram precision, the TEVA cannabis inhaler is predicted to become the most versatile drug delivery product of its time. The fascinating little device dispenses Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) through “preloaded cartridges.” Produced with 3D printing equipment, the pain-relieving apparatus detects the user’s breath, before releasing an accurate amount of raw, whole-plant cannabis.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Israel cannabis products have been fashioned to correspond with smartphone software. By monitoring the outcome of medical cannabis medication, both patients and researchers can better understand the effectiveness of vaporizers. Philip Morris International Inc. has invested $20 million in the TEVA cannabis inhaler, which has raised $30 million in financing through Syqe Medical so far.

Israel is a Medical Marijuana Pioneer

The non-medicinal use of Israel cannabis might not be legal, but the country boasts a blossoming medical marijuana industry. In August, Shaare Zedek Medical Center’s chief of pediatric neurology, Dr. Adi Eran, was granted a government permit to conduct a medical cannabis clinical trial. The trial will focus on the positive health benefits of marijuana when prescribed to autistic children and adults.

It is not just this achievement that has contributed to the nation’s pioneering approach to cannabis research, however. Approximately 70 Israel-based companies are actively promoting analysis garnered by Israeli organic chemist and professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Prof. Raphael Mechoulam. His research has extended for decades and it shines a light on the positive consequences cannabis has on the brain, digestive system, and bones.

Israel cannabis start-ups are looking into mass marketing opportunities in the United States, what with eight states being given the green light to legalize medical and recreational cannabis use. Furthermore, 23 states have permitted the medical use of marijuana to some extent. Be that as it may, marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance in the U.S. and since the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration believes there is a “high potential for abuse” linked with plant use, revisions to cannabis classification were recently dismissed.

Lawmakers in the U.S. and Canada ought to take inspiration from technology like the TEVA Cannabis Inhaler, according to cannabis campaigners.

TEVA Sparks a Trend

As one of the 15 biggest pharmaceutical companies worldwide, TEVA Pharmaceutical Industries is an authoritative leader in the Israel cannabis industry. Founded in 1901, TEVA’s revenue exceeded $20 billion in 2014. The company is a member of the New York Stock Exchange and since it announced the launch of the TEVA cannabis inhaler, a handful of other companies have joined the movement.

Cannabix Technologies Inc. is one of the companies that has been swayed by the trend. Based in Vancouver, B.C., Cannabix’s team of developers are hard at work creating THC-detecting instruments. It is even possible to test the purity of organic products like cannabis, water, food, and air with the OrganaDx portable food sensor. Equipped with a sensor that measures the level of pesticides contained in solids and liquids, MyDx’s product is a sign of rapid modernization in the marijuana industry.

Cannabis Industry Innovation

The fledgling marijuana market is grasping the attention of companies and investors from all corners. Tech innovation is feeding the budding industry of Israel cannabis, as well as cannabis industries elsewhere. By the year 2020, profit potential for the legal cannabis trade is predicted to hit $21.8 billion. From Flowhub’s seed-to-sale tracking system to GreenRush’s cannabis delivery app, the number of businesses creating software and products for marijuana is growing expeditiously.

Cannabis innovation and legalization has the power to speed up the slow economy, create jobs, and transform the medical world. At present, the industry is worth $7.2 billion, as reported by New Frontier, therefore it is not surprising that so many startups are looking into legal-pot opportunities.

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Bethan Jenkins

About Bethan Jenkins

Bethan is a full-time wanderluster, traveler, and digital nomad with 7 years of experience in the freelance writing world. She has mastered the art of beating jet lag and using hammocks as an office for content curation.


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