Patents Examined by Sharon Kennedy
  • Patent number: 7060052
    Abstract: Locking device that is mounted on an endoscope or the like for selectively securing the position of a guide wire and/or catheter relative to the endoscope or the like. The locking device preferably includes a side wall with an opening therein for receiving the proximal end of a guide wire or catheter. The opening is preferably J-shaped or boot shaped, and has an entry end and a locking end. Once a guide wire or catheter is in a desired position within a body cavity, the portion of the guide wire or catheter that extends outside of the endoscope or the like may be moved into the opening. More particularly, a portion of the guide wire or catheter may be inserted by an operator through the entry end of the opening and into the locking end, wherein the locking end frictionally secures the position of the guide wire or catheter relative to the endoscope or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: Jim Windheuser, Jim Yearick, Oscar Carrillo, Gary McAlister, John Holmes, Paul Norton
  • Patent number: 7060059
    Abstract: A closed loop therapy system for controlling a concentration of a substance, such as blood glucose concentration, in the body of a user. The system and method employ a sensor system that measures a glucose level in the body, a controller that uses the measured glucose levels to generate an output that can be used to automatically or manually control an intradermal insulin infusion system to set a constant or time-varying profile of target blood glucose concentrations in a user, and then infuse an appropriate amount of insulin into the body of the user so as to reach and maintain the target values of the blood glucose concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Steven Keith, Robert S. Parker, Noel G. Harvey, Ronald J. Pettis, John D. DeNuzzio, Glenn Vonk
  • Patent number: 7060056
    Abstract: Many conventional pharmaceutical articles contain seemingly inert components that come into contact with a pharmaceutically active material during use, which contact substantially reduces the pharmaceutical effectiveness of the pharmaceutically active material. The invention described herein concerns various modifications to these incompatible components, which are effective to diminish the reduction in pharmaceutical effectiveness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Maria Palasis, Wendy Naimark, Timothy Mickley, Louis Ellis
  • Patent number: 7052482
    Abstract: A single use syringe assembly is provided as well as a locking element for such an assembly. The single use syringe assembly includes a barrel, a plunger rod assembly and a locking element positioned within the barrel. The locking element includes one or more barbs for engaging the inside surface of the barrel. The barbs prevent the locking element from moving proximally within the barrel, but allow its distal movement therein with the plunger rod assembly. A spring member may be provided for urging the barbs towards the inside surface of the barrel. The barbs are preferably positioned on the edge portions of opposing legs that form part of the locking element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Steven Choon Meng Lau, Chui Khim Chua, Yaohan Moh
  • Patent number: 7052517
    Abstract: An apparatus for the delivery of a biological composite and a method, kit, and system for preparing a biological composite is described herein. The biological composite includes both inorganic and biological materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Vita Special Purpose Corporation
    Inventors: James P. Murphy, Charanpreet S. Bagga, Robert J. Chiasera, Jr., Erik M. Erbe, Jeffrey G. Marx
  • Patent number: 7054683
    Abstract: A reservoir and a family of reservoirs are provided which are designed to be used with a single controller to provide a wide range of therapeutic drug delivering regimens while maintaining many of the same reservoir configurations and drug formulations. A method of making a reservoir and a family of reservoirs and incorporating them into an electrotransport system is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Alza Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph B. Phipps, Gary A. Lattin, Larry A. McNichols, John D. Badzinski
  • Patent number: 7048743
    Abstract: This relates to an improved delivery system for accurately loading and controlling the delivery of flowable material to a patient. Particularly, the system may be used in the injection of hard tissue implant materials such as PMMA under pressures up to about 4000 psi. The system includes an applicator with a first column having an implant material introduction section adapted to provide for effective loading of the implant material and a second column housing a piston. The introduction section has a larger size than that of a vessel section or bore in which the requisite pressure seal between the piston and bore wall is formed. The first column may include an introduction section flared open to an included larger funnel-like opening or a separate funnel may be used that interfaces with the introduction section to facilitate the introduction of implant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Arthrocare Corporation
    Inventors: Scott H. Miller, Howard Preissman
  • Patent number: 7048720
    Abstract: A valve assembly is disclosed which partitions a conventional syringe into proximal and distal chambers to provide a multi-chamber, sequentially dispensing syringe apparatus. Incorporated in the valve assembly is a valved stopper having a valve (e.g. a slit valve) and a separator which filters out gas from liquid being dispensed through the valve assembly. A syringe plunger communicates through fluid in the proximal chamber to force displacement of the valve assembly. The valve is actuated by differential pressure of a force greater than the valve assembly displacement force. The valve assembly may be made from two parts: (1) a valved stopper (may be molded from basic syringe plunger material); (2) a separator (may be injection molded from syringe barrel material).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Infusive Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gale H. Thorne, Jr., Nestor Rodriguez San Juan, Michael Wallace Howlett, Bradley Carling Robinson, Gale H. Thorne
  • Patent number: 7048719
    Abstract: A resheathing apparatus for a tube that is insertable through an endovascular catheter includes a guide that has a proximal end, a distal end, at least one lumen extending from the proximal end to the distal end, and a branch extending away from the lumen at one end of the guide. A sheath may be placed over the tube by sliding the resheathing apparatus along the length of the tube. The resheathing apparatus may also include a guide tube that fits over the branch of the guide and directs a sheath over the tube that is insertable through an endovascular catheter. The resheathing apparatus may be used with vascular embolization devices, and may be used with devices that are delivered via microcatheter systems. Methods of using the resheathing apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: MicroVention, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard R. Monetti
  • Patent number: 7048724
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for draining fluid from a patient. A drainage line is connected to a vacuum bottle. The vacuum is transferred into the drainage line by piercing a seal over the bottle mouth. The indicator in the form of a collapsible bulb or other deformable element confirms the presence of the vacuum at the time of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Denver Biomedicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Grossman, Warren Erickson, Paul Burek, Bonnie Vivian
  • Patent number: 7048728
    Abstract: A noninvasive medical instrument having a core and a flexible outer coil surrounding about the core to form an elongated body. The elongated body has a rounded tip portion, which is preferably burrless, to prevent the noninvasive medical instrument from penetrating or entering a skin surface of a patient. The noninvasive medical instrument of this invention can be used to scratch an irritated skin surface that is otherwise inaccessible due to interference caused by a cast, a prosthetic device or another structural obstruction. If the core is hollow, the noninvasive medical instrument of this invention can be used to deliver fluidic medicine to a likewise inaccessible skin area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Inventor: Richard N. Witham
  • Patent number: 7044931
    Abstract: A disposable, single use syringe comprised of a hollow body, a retractable needle assembly positioned in the hollow body, and a plunger assembly in the hollow body. The plunger assembly includes an elongated frame portion including at least one guide track between its ends. A retraction member is releasably secured to one end of the frame and a catch member, including a catch element, is positioned with a guide configured to travel in the plunger frame guide track. An elastic member extends between the retraction member and the catch member. A retention assembly depends from the opposite end of the plunger frame and is configured to receive and secure the catch element and thereby tension the elastic member. The needle assembly and the retraction member have complimentary mating members, whereby the tension on the elastic member is released and the injection means is drawn into the hollow body after the needle assembly and the retraction member mate. A method of manufacture is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Hypoguard USA Inc.
    Inventors: Vance D. Campbell, Jr., Joseph Nebolon, Robert D. Adams, Patrick Chng, April Marano-Ford
  • Patent number: 7044936
    Abstract: A catheter connector for coupling to a catheter, the connector having a body part, a tubular shaped compressible plug situated in a bore in part, with the proximal end of the catheter insertable into the bore of the plug, and a lever pivotably mounted to the housing part. Pivoting of the lever applies an axial force on one end of the plug causing the plug to deform radially inward and tightly engage the proximal end of the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Arrow International Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Harding, Jeffrey Vitullo
  • Patent number: 7041081
    Abstract: The invention relates to a continuous liquid infusion device which can be easily prepared for operation with small force, and can infuse liquid at constant infusion rate and amount over a long time. It comprises a liquid syringe section and a driving pump section mounted on the liquid syringe section, wherein sliding the pressing arm of the driving pump section upward leads to axially slides the piston in the negative pressure chamber to produce a negative pressure therein; and using returning force of the piston under the negative pressure, the liquid pushout plunger barrel is biased toward the upper edge of a pressing member through a locking member engaged with the piston so as to push out liquid in the liquid syringe from the liquid infusion port. Further, only the liquid syringe is disposable while the vacuum pump barrel on the driving side is good for repeated use (reusable).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Orchis Company Limited
    Inventors: Susumu Minezaki, Hiroshi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 7041087
    Abstract: A pre-filled syringe comprising a glass barrel (1), a sealing member (5) fitted in a medical liquid discharge port (11) of the barrel (1), a tip member (2) mounted around the sealing member (5) on the medical liquid discharge port (11) of the barrel (1), a closing member (4), a cap member (3), and a holding member (6); the sealing member (5) having a through-hole (51) formed in the axial direction; the tip member (2) including a skirt (24) provided with an engagement pawl (25) on the inner wall of a lower end thereof, a top wall (23), a needle mounting portion (21), and a medical liquid deriving portion (22), and being provided with a medical liquid passage (28); the closing member (4) being inserted into the medical liquid passage (28) and the through-hole (51) to close the through-hole (51) and so prevent oxygen contamination and deterioration of the medical liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Astrazeneca UK Limited
    Inventors: Malcolm John Henderson, Toshikazu Hirayama, Masafumi Aramata
  • Patent number: 7037322
    Abstract: A system for delivering hemostasis promoting material of the present invention allows the hemostasis promoting material to be delivered to a blood vessel puncture site by fluid pressure. The system allows the hemostasis promoting material to be delivered through an introducer sheath which is already in place within a tissue tract. This system includes a controlled tip which is insertable through the introducer sheath to locate and occlude the blood vessel puncture site and a hydration chamber for receiving and delivering the hemostasis promoting material to the blood vessel puncture site. The system accurately locates the blood vessel wall at a puncture site and for properly placing a hemostasis plug over the puncture site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Sub-Q, Inc.
    Inventors: Eduardo Chi Sing, Mark Ashby, Luis R. Urquidi
  • Patent number: 7037323
    Abstract: A system for delivering hemostasis promoting material of the present invention allows the hemostasis promoting material to be delivered to a blood vessel puncture site by fluid pressure. The system allows the hemostasis promoting material to be delivered through an introducer sheath which is already in place within a tissue tract. This system includes a control tip which is insertable through the introducer sheath to locate and occlude the blood vessel puncture site and a hydration chamber for receiving and delivering the hemostasis promoting material to the blood vessel puncture site. The system accurately locates the blood vessel wall at a puncture site and for properly placing a hemostasis plug over the puncture site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Sub-Q, Inc.
    Inventors: Eduardo Chi Sing, Luis Urquidi, Mark Ashby, Andrew Cragg
  • Patent number: 7037292
    Abstract: A safety shield apparatus is provided that includes a housing that defines a cavity. A distal end of the housing includes a cover having a movable tab. A hub is disposed for movement within the housing and includes a needle having a distal end and a movable projection. The hub is biased between an extended position, such that the distal end of the needle is exposed and the movable projection is releasably disposed with the cavity, and a retracted position whereby the distal end of the needle is disposed within the housing. The movable tab is engageable with the movable projection to release the movable projection from the cavity to facilitate movement of the hub. The distal end of the housing may define a lip that is configured to capture the distal end of the needle. The hub can define an angled distal surface to orient the needle out of axial alignment with the housing and into capture with the lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Inventors: James L. Carlyon, Steve Earhart, Eugene E. Weilbacher
  • Patent number: 7037294
    Abstract: A needle safety apparatus comprises a hollow needle having a sharpened distal end and a proximal end. The proximal end is anchored in a syringe barrel adapter. The needle safety apparatus further comprises a protective sheath having a proximal region, a distal region and a slit running between the proximal region and the distal region. The protective sheath is movable between an armed position and a deployed position. When the protective sheath is in the armed position, the hollow needle passes through the slit in the protective sheath distal region. When the protective sheath is in the deployed position, the hollow needle passes through the slit in the protective sheath proximal region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Luther Research Partners, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald B. Luther, John I. Muri
  • Patent number: 7033336
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a proximal catheter assembly that is configured to facilitate natural or suction-assisted aspiration through a catheter lumen. The proximal catheter assembly comprises a relief valve configured to regulate the level of suction-assisted aspiration provided through the working lumen of the catheter. When the level of suction-assisted aspiration exceeds a predetermined threshold, the relief valve opens to allow fluid to be drawn from tubing coupled to the proximal catheter assembly, thereby mitigating the relatively high levels of aspiration imposed upon the working lumen and the patient's vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Gore Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Hogendijk