Pocket Type Patents (Class 128/200.12)
  • Patent number: 10391270
    Abstract: A method, an electronic device, a system and an information storage medium for practicing and/or controlling an inhalation process of a patient. The method involves quantifying an airflow in a mouthpiece of an inhaler during an inhalation process of the patient using an inhalation training device, evaluating an airflow signal received from the inhalation training device via an electronic device and providing visual feedback to the patient with the electronic device, the visual feedback varying with one or more time-variant characteristics of the evaluated airflow signal. The electronic device is configured for evaluation of an airflow signal received from an inhalation training device and for provision of visual feedback to the patient, the visual feedback varying with one or more time-variant characteristics of the evaluated signal. The inhalation training system comprises an inhalation training device, an inhaler and the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Patricia Adams, Marion Frank, Herbert Wachtel
  • Patent number: 10342932
    Abstract: A metered droplet medicament delivery device for delivering metered doses of medicament includes a proximal part and a distal part having opposite distal and proximal ends; a medicament container with a movable stopper; and a dose delivery mechanism that includes a plunger rod, operably arranged to act on the stopper. The proximal and distal parts are releasably connectable to each other. The proximal part includes a medicament container holder accommodating the medicament container, and the distal part includes the dose delivery mechanism. A plunger rod positioning member is engageable with a proximal end of the plunger rod and with a proximal area of the distal part for positioning the plunger rod in a longitudinal direction in relation to the proximal area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SHL MEDICAL AG
    Inventors: Johan Egerström, Marcus Söderlund, Nils Ronquist
  • Patent number: 10319256
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for providing a realistic training environment for health care and patient care providers using a simulated medical device. The method can include actuating a first actuator of the simulated medical device that turns on the device and then actuating a second actuator of the device, where, in response to the actuation of the second actuator, the user is prompted to simulate scanning a bar code. In response to actuating a third actuator, a light can illuminate. The method can further include inserting a test strip into a slot of the device and, in response to the insertion of the test strip, the device can initiate a pre-set timer countdown where, at the completion of the countdown, the visual display can display a simulated medical value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Pocket Nurse Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Wendy M. Crary, Anthony J. Battaglia, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10307083
    Abstract: A posture and breathing improvement device, system, and method. The system for improving posture and deep breathing may comprise: a sensor device; posture/breathing improvement software program, comprising one, both, or a combination of a posture improvement system interface and a breathing improvement system interface; and one or more user devices. The sensor device may be physically associated with a user and may communicate with the posture improvement software program. The sensor device may comprise: one or more sensors for monitoring positions and movements of the user. The system may calculate one or more optimum postural positions and breathing exercises for the user, based on data communicated by the sensor device and collected information about the user. The system may monitor a conformance of the user with the optimum postural positions and may display the conformance on the posture improvement system interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Kenneth Lawrence Rosenblood
  • Patent number: 10272215
    Abstract: An inhalation training device and inhalation training system for practicing of an inhalation process of a patient. The inhalation training device has a that is housing attachable to and detachable from a mouthpiece of an inhaler designed to provide a drug to the patient and a microphone adapted to measure the airflow occurring in the mouthpiece of the inhaler during an inhalation process of the patient. The inhalation training system includes the inhalation training device, an inhaler and an electronic device configured for evaluation of a signal received from the inhalation training device and for visual and/or audio feedback to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Patricia Adams, Marion Frank, Herbert Wachtel
  • Patent number: 10252283
    Abstract: A system and method for dermal spraying includes a portable, hand-held skin care device with disposable formulation capsules that spray a formulation unto the skin. The device is set to maximize absorption and provide professional and uniform quality of application. The device receives, clamps and identifies the formulation capsules and its contents. Control circuitry regulates the formulation delivery. This assures the quantity, proportion, speed and timing of the application of the cosmetic formulation, including self-cleaning cycle operation and single button control logic. The capsule enables convenience and sterility from use of disposable capsules at home. Preferably the capsules contain a cosmetic or cosmeceutical formulation. The capsule has a sealed body having any of a variety of suitable shapes such as the general shape of a cylinder with two ends having hemispherical caps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Yoanna Gouchtchina, Enrique Gallar
  • Patent number: 10245393
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to devices, systems, and methods that may be used to supplement inhaler use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Leif T. Stordal
  • Patent number: 10245396
    Abstract: A collapsible inhalation device for use with a metered dose inhaler (MDI) dispenser includes an outlet end member, an inlet end member and a tubular, pliable, collapsible sleeve member attached at either end to the inlet and outlet members. The outlet end member includes a mouthpiece. The inlet end member includes an inlet port and an MDI dispenser mount structure configured to receive and engage the MDI dispenser. The inhalation device is positionable in each of an open position, wherein the sleeve member defines a chamber, and a closed position, wherein the sleeve member is collapsed and enveloped by the outlet end member and the inlet end member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Cerecor, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Wayne Steelman, James Edward Flynn, John Zeis, Karla Worley-Ham
  • Patent number: 10232134
    Abstract: An inhalation training device and inhalation training system for practicing of an inhalation process of a patient. The inhalation training device has a that is housing attachable to and detachable from a mouthpiece of an inhaler designed to provide a drug to the patient and a microphone adapted to measure the airflow occurring in the mouthpiece of the inhaler during an inhalation process of the patient. The inhalation training system includes the inhalation training device, an inhaler and an electronic device configured for evaluation of a signal received from the inhalation training device and for visual and/or audio feedback to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Patricia Adams, Marion Frank, Herbert Wachtel
  • Patent number: 10219734
    Abstract: A personal exercise apparatus that allows simultaneous simulation of mild to high altitude environments with algorithmically driven environmental stressors that may be pre-programmed or personally developed via physiological feedback during training. Additional stressors include an ability to transiently alter pressure in a chamber of the personal exercise apparatus at variable frequencies and amplitudes with a range of changes with an option of random pressure oscillations designed to personalize training programs. The additional stressors further include small variations in inspired CO2 levels and temperature allowing individuals to simulate breathing and temperature conditions in preparation for desired environmental conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Stratosphere ATC LLC
    Inventors: Robert Paul Williams, Bruce D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9622931
    Abstract: A portable hyperbaric chamber with a vertical mounting system includes an inflatable enclosure which is vertically positioned by a rigid base. An internal frame also functions as an additional mounting system so that the inflatable enclosure can be vertically positioned during pressurized and not pressurized instances. A plurality of fill valves allows the inflatable enclosure to be pressurized from externally positioned compressors, and the inside pressure of the inflatable enclosure is measured and displayed through a pressure gauge. The inside pressure can be controlled from a dump valve, a low pressure relief valve, and a high pressure relief valve so that the proper operating pressure can be maintained with the hyperbaric chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Bruce Elgin McKeeman
  • Patent number: 9027565
    Abstract: A vapor inhalation device includes a first body portion defining a first chamber and a second body portion defining a second chamber provided at least partially within the first chamber, where the second body portion has at least one aperture placing the second chamber in fluid communication with the first chamber. An intake conduit defines a first air passageway from an exterior of the first body portion to within the second chamber. An output conduit has a proximal end located within the first chamber, a distal end opposite the proximal end and located at the exterior of the first body portion, is physically coupled to the first body portion at a location different from the proximal end of the output conduit, and defines a second air passageway extending from within the first chamber to the exterior of the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: John Jason Wagenhals
  • Patent number: 8931476
    Abstract: An inhaler, such as a breath-actuated metered-dose inhaler, for delivering medicament to a patient. The inhaler includes a housing for holding the medicament and having an air inlet and a medicament delivery port which together define an air flow path into which the medicament is dispensed. The air inlet includes an array of elongate apertures formed in the housing, the long sides of adjacent apertures facing each other. Each aperture is provided with a respective different opening in an outer surface of the housing. The opening of each aperture extends in two different planes such that, if at least a part of the opening is covered in one of the two different planes during inhalation by the patient, a void space is created between the cover and the aperture so as to provide an air flow path through the void space to the at least one aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: IVAX Pharmaceuticals Ireland
    Inventors: Simon Kaar, Declan Walsh, Derek Fenlon, Dan Buck
  • Patent number: 8800550
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a medicament delivery assembly that has a mouthpiece provided with an air amplifier and a primer source, where the mouthpiece and the air amplifier are each connected to the primer source via an actuatable valve. The air amplifier is also provided with a medicament extraction tube such that when the actuatable valve is opened, the primer source is activated and causes air to flow to the air amplifier. There is also described a method of administering a medicament using such a medicament delivery assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Innovata Biomed Limited
    Inventor: Philip Braithwaite
  • Patent number: 8746240
    Abstract: A personal vapor inhaling unit is disclosed. An electronic flameless vapor inhaler unit that may simulate a cigarette has a cavity that receives a cartridge in the distal end of the inhaler unit. The cartridge brings a substance to be vaporized in contact with a wick. When the unit is activated, and the user provides suction, the substance to be vaporized is drawn out of the cartridge, through the wick, and is atomized by the wick into a cavity containing a heating element. The heating element vaporizes the atomized substance. The vapors then continue to be pulled by the user through a mouthpiece and mouthpiece cover where they may be inhaled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Nate Terry & Michael Edward Breede
    Inventors: Nathan Andrew Terry, Noah Mark Minskoff
  • Patent number: 8590529
    Abstract: An actuator for an inhaler for delivering medicament by inhalation, comprising: a housing for receiving a canister which comprises a body which includes a base and a head and defines a chamber containing medicament, and a valve stem which extends from the body and from which medicament is in use delivered on actuation of the canister; an outlet through which a user in use inhales; and a nozzle assembly which provides for delivery of medicament through the outlet, wherein the nozzle assembly comprises a nozzle block which receives the valve stem of the canister and, as a separately-formed component, a nozzle outlet which is fluidly connected to the nozzle block and includes an outlet orifice from which medicament is in use delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: GlaxoSmithKline Intellectual Property Development Limited
    Inventors: Gregor John McLennan Anderson, Penelope Ann Burgess, Gary Thomas Crosby, Tristan Fairbrother, Philip William Farr
  • Patent number: 8573202
    Abstract: A blister pack for use with inhalation therapy inhalers comprises an elongate bottom element having an overlying top element defining a plurality of spaced top crowned areas containing powder or liquid medications or drugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Microdose Therapeutx, Inc.
    Inventor: Anand V. Gumaste
  • Patent number: 8550068
    Abstract: A personal vapor inhaling unit is disclosed. An electronic flameless vapor inhaler unit that may simulate a cigarette has a cavity that receives a cartridge in the distal end of the inhaler unit. The cartridge brings a substance to be vaporized in contact with a wick. When the unit is activated, and the user provides suction, the substance to be vaporized is drawn out of the cartridge, through the wick, and is atomized by the wick into a cavity containing a heating element. The heating element vaporizes the atomized substance. The vapors then continue to be pulled by the user through a mouthpiece and mouthpiece cover where they may be inhaled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventors: Nathan Andrew Terry, Noah Mark Minskoff
  • Patent number: 8511304
    Abstract: There is provided a medicament dispenser for use with plural elongate form medicament carriers, each having multiple distinct medicament dose portions carried thereby, the dispenser having a dispensing mechanism for dispensing the distinct medicament dose portions carried by each of the plural medicament carriers. The mechanism comprises a receiving station for receiving each of the plural medicament carriers; a release for releasing a distinct medicament dose portion from each of the plural medicament carriers on receipt thereof by the receiving station; an outlet, positioned to be in communication with the distinct medicament dose portions releasable by said a release; and an indexer for individually indexing the distinct medicament dose portions of each of the plural medicament carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Glaxo Group Limited
    Inventors: Gregor John McLennan Anderson, Stanley George Bonney, Michael Birsha Davies, Daniel Thomas De Sansmarez Lintell, Alan Anthony Wilson
  • Patent number: 8297282
    Abstract: A hyperbaric exercise facility is provided allowing a persons to perform exercises and other activities at increased pressures along with controlled levels of oxygen. Additionally, a catastrophe shelter is provided to protect its occupants from peril.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventors: Merrell T. Holley, James L. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8161966
    Abstract: A respiratory muscle endurance training device (RMET) includes a chamber and a patient interface. In one implementation, one or both of a CO2 sensor or a temperature sensor can be coupled to the chamber or patient interface to provide the user or caregiver with indicia about the CO2 level in, or the temperature of, the chamber or patient interface, and/or the duration of use of the device. In another implementation, the RMET may have a fixed volume portion adjustable to contain a measured portion of a specific patient's inspiratory volume capacity. Methods of using the device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Trudell Medical International
    Inventors: Martin P. Foley, Jerry R. Grychowski
  • Patent number: 8006690
    Abstract: An inhaler includes an accurate and consistent mechanical dose metering system that dispenses dry powdered medicament in discrete amounts or doses for patient inhalation, a pressure relief system that manages pressure within a medicament reservoir of the inhaler to ensure consistently dispensed doses, and a dose counting system indicating the number of doses dispensed by or remaining in the inhaler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Norton Healthcare Ltd
    Inventor: David O'Leary
  • Patent number: 7958890
    Abstract: A dry powder inhaler has a dispersion chamber containing beads. A dose of dry powder is released into the chamber, or into an inlet tangentially joining into the chamber. As the patient inhales on a nosepiece or mouthpiece, air moves circularly through the dispersion chamber to drive the beads. The beads roll, bounce, and collide repeatedly with the drug particles on the chamber surfaces or on the beads. The smaller active drug particles are separated from larger carrier particles and from each other, and a powder aerosol is created and inhaled by the patient. The beads are preferably lightweight, so that they can be rapidly accelerated and moved, even with nominal inspiration. The flow resistance of the inhaler is also reduced via the beads, allowing greater airflow and powder dispersion, without any increased effort by the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Quadrant Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Andrew W. Gieschen, Michael Ligotke, Jeffrey Chen, Charles F. Ganem, Bernard Greenspan
  • Patent number: 7950390
    Abstract: A blister pack for use with inhalation therapy inhalers comprises an elongate bottom element having an overlying top element defining a plurality of spaced top crowned areas containing powder or liquid medications or drugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Microdose Therapeutx, Inc.
    Inventor: Anand V. Gumaste
  • Patent number: 7913686
    Abstract: Self Contained Aerosol Dual Delivery System (SCADDS) is a pocket-sized inhaler for delivering inhaled therapeutic or recreational aerosols simultaneously and separately via oral and nasal routes. A handle assembly has a removable mouthpiece, cartridge penetration needles, puncture needle protective cover, a shuttle, a cam, valves and conduits from the penetration needles to the individual nozzles for oral and nasal inhalation. A cartridge contains separate reservoirs of solutions for oral and nasal inhalation. The reservoirs, impermeable bags with fluid and dissolved gas in solution, are punctured when the cartridge is attached to the handle assembly. Inhalation slides the shuttle toward the mouthpiece and opens the valves to release solution. The oral aerosol is inhaled into the lungs while the nasal aerosol provides a pleasant aroma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Scadds Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert J. Hughes, Philip J. Paustian
  • Patent number: 7832393
    Abstract: A metered dosage inhaler device having a first member for receiving and dispensing inhalation medication which is hollow, and has an aerosol medication container insertion end and having a nozzle end for spraying medication into a mouth of a user, wherein the nozzle end has a defined length and has an orifice with a defined cross-sectional area outlet surfaces, inner surfaces and a defined outer perimeter at its termination. There is a second member, the second member which is a spacer fitted on the nozzle and adapted to move outwardly and inwardly relatively to the nozzle, the spacer being hollow and being located about either outer surfaces or within the inner surfaces of the nozzle, the spacer having a total length about equal to or less than the nozzle so as to preserve significant compactness when the spacer is moved inwardly relative to the nozzle. The spacer includes a plurality of movable segments such as telescopic ring segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: John Vito
  • Patent number: 7814900
    Abstract: A dispenser (1) comprises a can (2) and body (3). The can is an aluminum extrusion with a valve crimped into its mouth, the valve having an outlet spout (4). The crimped region (5) of the can surrounding the valve has a lesser diameter than the can has through the main part (6) of its length. The body has a mouthpiece (11) with a pivotal cover (12) drivingly connected to a cam (13). This bears on the underside of junction member (14), into a socket (15) of which the spout 4 fits. A breath actuated dose release mechanism (16) is provided. The body has a tubular section (7) for receiving the necked down region (5) of the can. A printed paper label (21) is wrapped around the joint between the body and the can to unite the can to the body in position such that when the cover is opened, a dose is dispensed by the cam (13) lifting the junction member and depressing the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Clinical Designs Limited
    Inventor: Raymond John Bacon
  • Patent number: 7779830
    Abstract: A dosing device with an electromechanical interface is provided. The dosing device includes delivery means, a medium reservoir and an applicator, on the one hand, and a control unit and electrical energy store, on the other hand, in separate structural units. Guide means are provided for fitting one of the structural units into the other structural unit. The guide means has an electromechanical interface for coupling and/or uncoupling relative to the control unit and/or energy store without using tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Ing. Erich Pfeiffer GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Koerner, Michael Helmlinger, Holger Schuerle
  • Patent number: 7766012
    Abstract: A device for the controlled inhalation of therapeutic aerosols comprises means providing individual patient parameters and/or aerosol parameters for the inhalation. The aerosol doses, such as the tidal volume and the respiratory flow, are individually adjusted on the basis of these individual parameters. Thus, the inhalation device may be individually adjusted to the patient to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Activaero GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Scheuch, Thomas Meyer, Knut Sommerer, Axel Greindl, Bernhard Müllinger
  • Patent number: 7513253
    Abstract: A liquid medication cartridge includes an accommodating portion for accommodating a liquid medication; a liquid discharge portion having a discharge port for discharging the liquid medication by using an ink jet technique, a communicating member for establishing communication between the accommodating portion and the liquid discharge portion and a filling member for filling the liquid discharge portion with the liquid medication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaya Kobayashi, Kenichi Sekine, Toshiyuki Nobutani, Mitsuru Imai
  • Patent number: 7509955
    Abstract: A flashlight for dispensing a substance from an aerosol canister, the flashlight including an elongated housing having a front end, a rear end, and a central longitudinal axis, the aerosol canister being slidably received within the housing. At least one light emitting diode disposed approximate the front end of the housing and an elongated spray tube having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end being connected to the aerosol canister and the spray tube extending parallel to the central longitudinal axis such that the distal end extends beyond the front end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Cole, Michael J. Skellern
  • Patent number: 7464704
    Abstract: There is described a medicament delivery assembly which comprises mouthpiece provided with an air amplifier and a primer source, wherein the mouthpiece and the air amplifier are each is connected to the primer source via an actuatable valve; the air amplifier is also provided with a medicament extraction tube such that when the actuatable valve is opened then the primer source is activated and causes air to flow to the air amplifier. There is also described a method of administering a medicament which comprises the use of such a medicament delivery assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Innovata Biomed Limited
    Inventor: Philip Braithwaite
  • Patent number: 7422012
    Abstract: A method of controlling unpleasant human breath odor. The method includes the steps of: providing a breath treatment unit that is configured to be hand-holdable by a user; through the hand-holdable breath treatment unit, directing into the user's mouth a quantity of a breath treating substance; and discharging the breath treating substance through the hand-holdable breath treatment unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Inventor: Gary Pinns
  • Patent number: 7337993
    Abstract: An atomization device comprises a conduit containing liquid to be atomized, a spray electrode (1) and a discharge electrode (3). Each electrode is adjacent to a dielectric (5) and they are connected in an electrical circuit (10) to enable a potential difference to be applied between them to atomize the liquid and to generate charge carriers of a first polarity in the proximity of the spray electrode (1) and ions of a second polarity in the proximity of the discharge electrode (3). Some of the first polarity charge carriers deposit on the dielectric adjacent to the spray electrode (1) and some of the second polarity ions deposit on the dielectric (5) adjacent to the discharge electrode (3) so that the atomized liquid is repelled from the dielectric (5) adjacent to the spray electrode (1) and electrically discharged by second polarity ions that are repelled by the dielectric (5) adjacent to the discharge electrode (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Aerstream Technology, Ltd.
    Inventor: Alastair Bruce Pirrie
  • Patent number: 7278426
    Abstract: A method and a device for making a metered dry powder medication dose, enclosed in a dose container, accessible for inhalation with a minimum of exposure to ambient atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Mederio AG
    Inventor: Mattias Myrman
  • Patent number: 7237549
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser device including a body (1), a reservoir unit (3) having a reservoir containing one dose or two half-doses of fluid, a dispensing member mounted to move axially inside the reservoir (3) between a rest position and a dispensing position, and an actuating element (5) that is mounted to move between a rest position and an actuating position. The actuating element (5) is disposed laterally, and has an end portion provided with a cam surface (6) which co-operates with the dispensing member (8) or the reservoir unit (3), the actuating element (5) being moved in a direction that is different from, and in particular substantially perpendicular to, the axial direction in which the dispensing member (8) moves relative to the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Valois S. A. S
    Inventor: Guiseppe Stradella
  • Patent number: 7129619
    Abstract: An ultrasonic nebulizer for producing high-volume sub-micron droplets is disclosed. The ultrasonic nebulizer utilizes a 3 or 5 MHz frequency as an oscillation frequency for producing sub-micron droplets. The nebulizer can also use at least one piezoelectric ceramic oscillator for increasing the volume of the droplets. The ultrasonic nebulizer comprises an ac/dc converter, an oscillator circuit, an amplifying device, a nebulization chamber, and at least one piezoelectric ceramic oscillator. The ac/dc converter rectifies an ac current to a dc current. The oscillator circuit produces an oscillation signal with a frequency larger than or equal to 3 MHz. The amplifying device amplifies the oscillation signal. The nebulization chamber has a lower face for holding a liquid to be nebulized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Purzer Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Che-Hua Yang, Hsiu-Kang Chang, Tiao-Ling Hsieh, Kun-Yi Tsai
  • Patent number: 7100602
    Abstract: A flashlight for dispensing a substance from an aerosol canister includes an elongated housing having a front end, a rear end, and a central longitudinal axis, the aerosol canister being slidably received within the housing. The flashlight also includes at least one light emitting diode disposed approximate the front end of the housing and an elongated spray tube having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end being connected to the aerosol canister and the spray tube extending parallel to the central longitudinal axis such that the distal end extends beyond the front end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Shield Defense Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Cole, Michael J. Skellern
  • Patent number: 7080644
    Abstract: A blister pack for use with inhalation therapy inhalers comprises an elongate bottom element having an overlying top element defining a plurality of spaced top crowned areas containing powder or liquid medications or drugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Microdose Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Anand V. Gumaste
  • Patent number: 7069926
    Abstract: A flashlight for dispensing a substance from an aerosol canister, the flashlight including an elongated housing having a front end, a rear end, and a central longitudinal axis, the aerosol canister being slidably received and fixedly positionable within the housing. At least one light emitting diode disposed approximate the front end of the housing and an elongated spray tube having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end being connected to the aerosol canister and the spray tube extending parallel to the central longitudinal axis such that the distal end extends beyond the front end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Inventors: Michael J. Skellern, Dennis Cole
  • Patent number: 6913205
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a fluid product distributor comprising a reservoir of fluid product (1), a distribution outlet, a distribution system (2) for distributing fluid product through the distribution outlet, and an activating button (3) to activate the means of distribution. The distribution further comprises a visible reservoir the distribution outlet and the activating button (3) being located on either side of the reservoir (1), such that the reservoir visibly extends between the distribution outlet and the activating button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Valois S.A.S.
    Inventors: Gérard Cornet, Firmin Garcia
  • Patent number: 6874507
    Abstract: A system is disclosed which makes it possible for a patient to be delivered gradually reduced amounts of nicotine over time thereby allowing the patient to be gradually weaned off of dependence on nicotine and quit smoking. The system is comprised of a means for aerosolizing a formulation and containers of formulation. The formulation is comprised of nicotine in a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. Preferably, a plurality of containers are produced wherein the concentration of nicotine in the different containers or different groups of containers is reduced. The patient uses containers with the highest concentration initially and gradually moves towards using containers with lower and lower concentrations of nicotine until the patient's dependence on nicotine is eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Aradigm Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen J. Farr
  • Patent number: 6866037
    Abstract: Device for use with an inhaler, the inhaler having a body, an aerosol canister arranged in the body containing medicament, including a metered dose chamber and able to dispense a metered dose of the medicament, a nozzle in fluid communication with the canister, an opening for dispensing of the medicament in fluid communication with the nozzle. The device includes elements for activating the canister to open and dispense the medicament in response to an airflow in the inhaler caused by inhalation of a user through the opening, return elements for deactivating the canister to close it, characterized in that the return elements deactivate the canister when the airflow drops below a certain threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: SHL Medical AB
    Inventors: Goran Aslin, Oscar Alexandersson, Rigmor Blomqvist, Lennart Brunnberg, Nils Blomqvist
  • Patent number: 6799576
    Abstract: A system is disclosed which makes it possible for a patient to be delivered gradually reduced amounts of nicotine over time thereby allowing the patient to be gradually weaned off of dependence on nicotine and quit smoking. The system is comprised of a means for aerosolizing a formulation and containers of formulation. The formulation is comprised of nicotine in a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. Preferably, a plurality of containers are produced wherein the concentration of nicotine in the different containers or different groups of containers is reduced. The patient uses containers with the highest concentration initially and gradually moves towards using containers with lower and lower concentrations of nicotine until the patient's dependence on nicotine is eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Aradigm Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen J. Farr
  • Patent number: 6769626
    Abstract: An improved device and method for measuring the amount of liquid to be discharged that is present in an apparatus, such as a nebulizer. A first member has holes through which the liquid passes to be nebulized. A second member is spaced from the first member so that a volume is defined in the nebulizer by the area of mutual overlap of the first and second members and the amount of spacing between them. The first and second members are formed to establish a mutual capacitance that reflects the amount of liquid in the volume. A measuring circuit measures the capacitance existing between the first and second members and hence the amount of liquid in the nebulizer. The capacitance measurement can be used to control the supply of liquid into the volume in the nebulizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Instrumentarium Corp.
    Inventor: Heikki Haveri
  • Patent number: 6749834
    Abstract: A storage and delivery system for directly applying nitric oxide to a user includes a portable and disposable capsule and a source of nitric oxide gas disposed within the cavity. Gas flow control apparatus controls the flow of nitric oxide gas from the cavity. Gas flow initiation apparatus allows the user to initiate the flow of nitric oxide gas. The encapsulated nitric oxide gas is applied by positioning the capsule proximate to the objective site of the user and initiating flow of the nitric oxide gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: World Precision Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry Fein, Xueji Zhang
  • Patent number: 6716417
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the delivery of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) through an inhalation route. Specifically, it relates to aerosols containing NSAIDs that are used in inhalation therapy. In a composition aspect of the present invention, the aerosol comprises particles comprising at least 5 percent by weight of an NSAID. In a method aspect of the present invention, an NSAID is delivered to a mammal through an inhalation route. The method comprises: a) heating a composition, wherein the composition comprises at least 5 percent by weight of an NSAID, to form a vapor; and, b) allowing the vapor to cool, thereby forming a condensation aerosol comprising particles, which is inhaled by the mammal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Alexza Molecular Delivery Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua D. Rabinowitz, Alejandro C. Zaffaroni
  • Publication number: 20040055596
    Abstract: A drug dispenser (1) has a hollow body (2) with a housing (6) for a pressurised can (7) containing a drug and its propellant arranged on top of the body. The can has an outlet stem (8) received in a socket (9) in an internal spigot (10). This has a junction with a flexible tube (11), leading to a kink valve pair (12, 14). The tube continues on to a second internal spigot (15), having a spray nozzle (16) just within a breathing opening (5). The kink valve pair (12, 14) is formed as a moulding of the tube, with side wings (17). Towards the ends of the wings, they have thinner portions (17.1) at which there are apertures (18) immediately adjacent the tube. The arrangement, which is similar to that in my International Application No. PCT/GB01/03313, defines positions at which the tube kinks to close its through bore (19). The thinner portions are provided in two positions, which provide the two kink valves. An intermediate section (20) of the tube, with a predetermined volume is provided between the kink valves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventor: Raymond John Bacon
  • Publication number: 20040000306
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser device comprising a body (1), a reservoir unit (3) comprising a reservoir containing one dose or two half-doses of fluid, a dispensing member such as a piston (8) mounted to move axially inside the reservoir (3) between a rest position and a dispensing position, and an actuating element (5) that is mounted to move between a rest position and an actuating position, said fluid dispenser device being characterized in that said actuating element (5) is disposed laterally, and has an end portion provided with a cam surface (6) which cooperates with said dispensing member (8) or said reservoir unit (3), said actuating element (5) being moved in a direction that is different from, and in particular substantially perpendicular to, the axial direction in which the dispensing member (8) moves relative to the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2003
    Publication date: January 1, 2004
    Inventor: Guiseppe Stradella
  • Patent number: 6604522
    Abstract: An inhalation device for administering a powdered medicament by inhalation including a suction tube through which the medicament is drawn on inhalation by a user, a blister pack, a housing which carries the blister pack and has housing surfaces, the suction tube being removably connected to the housing and having a distal end which can interact with the blister pack and a proximal end through which the user inhales, and a resilient member that resiliently biases the suction tube into a position where it is spaced from the housing surfaces to facilitate grasping of the suction tube by the user when the inhalation device is ready for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Astrazeneca AB
    Inventors: Lars Arvidsson, Jan Jönsson, Patrik Månsson, Stefan Strandberg, Björn Ullbrand