Pre-pressurized Container Holding Medicament Patents (Class 128/200.23)
  • Patent number: 11883585
    Abstract: A component of an electronic vapor provision device with a reservoir for storing source liquid, an atomizer for vaporizing source liquid from the reservoir and delivering vapor into an air flow path through the device, and an electrical power supply for providing electrical power to the atomizer comprises an absorbent element to collect source liquid escaped from the reservoir and located so as to be upstream of the atomizer with respect to an air flow direction along the air flow path when the component is assembled into the electronic vapor provision device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: NICOVENTURES TRADING LIMITED
    Inventors: Rory Fraser, Howard Rothwell, Marina Trani, Carolyn Garnett
  • Patent number: 11883582
    Abstract: An inhaler 10 for delivery of a medicament by inhalation. The inhaler 10 has a drive mechanism, a canister drive 22 for receiving a canister 50 of medicament, a spring 20, and a trigger mechanism with a latch 35. The latch 35 has a locked position to prevent linear movement of the canister drive 22 and holds the spring 20 in a loaded configuration; and an unlocked position in which the latch 35 is disengaged from the canister drive 22. The trigger mechanism comprises a blocker 32. The blocker 32 has a blocking position in which it contacts the latch 35 to block movement from the locked position to the unlocked position; and a rotated position in which the blocker 32 is disengaged from the latch 35 to allow it to lock and unlock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: ASTRAZENECA AB
    Inventor: Rune Ducce
  • Patent number: 11883586
    Abstract: A component of an electronic vapor provision device with a reservoir for storing source liquid, an atomizer for vaporizing source liquid from the reservoir and delivering vapor into an air flow path through the device, and an electrical power supply for providing electrical power to the atomizer comprises an absorbent element to collect source liquid escaped from the reservoir and located so as to be upstream of the atomizer with respect to an air flow direction along the air flow path when the component is assembled into the electronic vapor provision device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: NICOVENTURES TRADING LIMITED
    Inventors: Rory Fraser, Howard Rothwell, Marina Trani, Carolyn Garnett
  • Patent number: 11878109
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a single-use device for delivery of medication into a nasal cavity. In an embodiment, the device includes a propellant canister containing a propellant capable of propelling the compound to the nasal cavity. The propellant canister is displaceable between an unactuated position and an actuated position within the device. The device further includes an actuation element with an actuation lever configured to displace the propellant canister from the unactuated position to the actuated position. The device also includes a puncture element positioned to puncture the propellant canister, which causes the release of the propellant from the propellant canister. The device further includes a dose holding chamber containing a unit dose of the compound. The dose holding chamber is positioned such that propellant flows into the dose holding chamber and causes the compound to be propelled from the dose holding chamber to the nasal cavity of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Impel Pharmaceuticals Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Hoekman, Albert Kenneth Lavin, Christopher William Fuller, Craig Frederick Kohring
  • Patent number: 11865247
    Abstract: An inhaler housing (14) for an inhaler (10) for inhaling inhalable substances, the inhaler having: a body (14) and a dose counter (24) with a return spring (28), wherein a distinct guide surface (162) is provided for guiding the end of the return spring into a recess (152), the distinct guide surface being wider than an entrance mouth (160) of the recess, a dose counter chamber (22) being provided which is separated from a tubular interior space (182) of the inhaler by a barrier (180), the barrier including a stepped upper wall area (184) including at least three steps (186, 188, 190, 192) at different levels, the inhaler having a valve stem block (62) having an inner bore and a valve stem block having a seal (224) in the inner bore with a second diameter which is smaller than a first diameter of the inner bore, the inhaler having a canister (150) being adapted to move during operation between 1 and 4 mm, a drive being arranged to apply a firing force of between 15N and 60N of force to the canister at a posit
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: NORTON (WATERFORD) LIMITED
    Inventors: Daniel Buck, Paul Prendergast, Declan Walsh
  • Patent number: 11806520
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods are described for delivering a therapeutic substance to a target area within or proximate to a nasal cavity of a subject, including a reservoir configured to contain the therapeutic substance and a delivery interface by which the therapeutic substance is delivered to the target area. In some embodiments, systems, apparatus, and methods described herein can deliver a therapeutic substance using iontophoresis and/or electroosmosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Tusker Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Goldfarb, Rohit Girotra, Mahyar Z. Kermani
  • Patent number: 11785673
    Abstract: A cartridge for an aerosol-generating system is provided, including a liquid storage portion including a housing containing a liquid aerosol-forming substrate, the housing having an open end; and a heater assembly including: an electrical heating element configured to heat the substrate to form an aerosol, the heating element including a planar filament arrangement having one or more electrically conductive filaments, an electrically insulating substrate having a planar attachment face, the filament arrangement disposed on the planar attachment face, and connectors arranged at opposite ends of the heating element and forming two separate electrical contacts configured to apply power to the filament arrangement, at least a portion of the heater assembly is fluid-permeable, and the heater assembly is arranged over the open end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Rui Batista, Jean-Marc Widmer, Jens Ulrik Poulsen
  • Patent number: 11707584
    Abstract: An inhaler (60) has a breath actuated trigger mechanism (100) reactive to an inhalation flow to trigger the release of a substance to be inhaled. The inhaler (60) has an inspiration flow which is subject to a higher degree of flow governing post-triggering than pre-triggering. This allows the triggering flow rate to be closer to, or even higher than, the governing flow rate of the inhaler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: Kindeva Drug Delivery L.P.
    Inventors: Peter D. Hodson, Stephen J. Howgill
  • Patent number: 11708402
    Abstract: This invention reveals the potential applications of modified porcine plasma fibronectin that could be applied as a safe material for clinical wound healing and tissue repair. In order to seek safe sources of plasma fibronectin for practical consideration in wound dressing, this invention isolated and modified fibronectin from porcine plasma and demonstrated that modified porcine plasma fibronectin has similar ability as homo plasma fibronectin being as a suitable substrate for stimulation of cell adhesion and directed cell migration. The present invention also reveals a material and a pharmaceutical composition enhance wound healing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University
    Inventor: Jean-Cheng Kuo
  • Patent number: 11696726
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to an adherence monitor for use with a tethered cap inhaler device. The adherence monitor engages the inhaler device, and includes a tether opening located within a housing of the adherence monitor for receiving the tether. The tether opening is in the form of a slot in a base portion of the housing. The path length of the tether around the adherence monitor is kept from being increased, compared to its path length when the adherence monitor is not attached to the inhaler, by having the slot located to allow the tether to pass through the slot. Various sensors of the adherence monitor in various embodiments detect inhaler usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Inventors: Garth Campbell Sutherland, Michael James Gormack, Benjamin Laurence Wilson, Tony Paul Kirker, Hein Beyleveld, Benjamin Lance Catt
  • Patent number: 11696598
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described for use with a vaporizer that vaporizes at least one active ingredient of a plant material. In response to receiving a first input to the vaporizer, the plant material is heated, in a first heating step. An indication of the temperature of the plant material is detected, and, in response to detecting an indication that the temperature of the plant material is at a first temperature, the first heating step is terminated, by withholding causing further temperature increase of the plant material. The first temperature is less than 95 percent of the vaporization temperature of the active ingredient. Subsequently, a second input is received at the vaporizer. In response thereto, the plant material is heated to the vaporization temperature, in a second heating step. Other applications are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Yossef Raichman
  • Patent number: 11684729
    Abstract: This invention relates to a compliance monitor for monitoring patient usage of a medicament delivery device, where the medicament delivery device includes a store of medicament and a medicament dispensing means. The compliance monitor includes a housing adapted to enclose the medicament delivery device, and a dose counter, associated with the housing, for recording the delivery of a dose of medicament to the patient from the medicament delivery device. The arrangement and construction is such that the housing is loosely coupled to the medicament delivery device, whereby the housing is able to move relative to the medicament delivery device during the delivery of the dose of medicament, and it is this movement which actuates the dose counter, either directly or indirectly, in order to record the delivery of the dose of medicament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Adherium (NZ) Limited
    Inventors: Garth Campbell Sutherland, Michael James Gormack
  • Patent number: 11679212
    Abstract: An inhaler, preferably for insertion into a nostril, in particular a horse's nostril, with a pressure generator, which has a tensioning device for the drive, and with a tensioning mechanism for tensioning the tensioning device, whereby the tensioning mechanism has a lever gear for tensioning the tensioning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM VETMEDICA GMBH
    Inventors: Marcus Knell, Michael Aven, Benjamin Franzmann, Steffen Schuy, Herbert Wachtel, Guido Endert, Alexander Christ, Horst Wergen
  • Patent number: 11672272
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating component for an aerosol-generating article is provided, the aerosol-generating component including: a combustible heat source; an aerosol-forming substrate; and a heat-transfer element disposed between the combustible heat source and the aerosol-forming substrate, the heat-transfer element including a cup-shaped receptacle defining a cavity, and the aerosol-forming substrate forms a coating on at least a portion of an inner surface of the cup-shaped receptacle. An aerosol-generating article including the aerosol-generating component, and a method of manufacturing the aerosol-generating component are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Noelia Rojo-Calderon, Rui Batista
  • Patent number: 11666720
    Abstract: A respiratory flow therapy apparatus including a sensing chamber which measures a flow of gases provided to a patient. The sensing chamber can be located after a blower and/or mixer. The sensing chamber can include an ultrasonic transducer, a temperature sensor, a heated temperature sensing element, and/or a gas concentration sensor. A flow path of gases used in conjunction with the sensor system prevents unwanted vorticity in the flow of gases that can create anomalies in measuring flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Russel William Burgess, Jess Edward Donnelly, Dean Antony Barker, Philip John Dickinson, Andre Van Schalkwyk, Joel Michael Lawson
  • Patent number: 11660409
    Abstract: An electronic module for an inhaler includes a printed circuit board and electronic components configured to detect at least a status and/or at least a working parameter of the inhaler when the electronic module is attached to the inhaler. A battery is permanently joined to the printed circuit board. A first terminal and a second terminal are electrically connectable one to the other through a main switch to close a circuit between the battery and the electronic components. In a rest configuration, the first and second terminals are electrically separated by the main switch. In a work configuration, the first terminal and the second terminal are electrically connected one to the other through the main switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: CHIESI FARMACEUTICI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alan Tweedie, Colin Mitchell, Scott Lewis, Andrew T. Heidt, Robert Rudolf
  • Patent number: 11590300
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an add-on device for a metered dose inhaler, an observance improvement system, and a method for improving observance of use in metered dose inhalers, the add-on device comprising an observance system housing component comprising an observance system with at least one pressure sensor; a mouthpiece component configured to fit, surround and removably engage with an exterior surface of a mouthpiece outlet provided on the metered dose inhaler; wherein said observance system housing is configured to fit and removably engage with said mouthpiece component; and said mouthpiece component is specifically adapted to conform to the exterior surface of the mouthpiece outlet of the metered dose inhaler without obstructing delivery of a dose of drug through said outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Inventors: Alain Marcoz, Emmanuel Jez, Sylvain Diogo, Patrice Gourbet, Alexandre Pereira, Mathieu Pollard, Kevin Gillet
  • Patent number: 11590299
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring the status and usage of a metered dose inhaler (MDI) and communicating status, usage, and guidance information to a user of the MDI and to a mobile computing device are presented herein. An IMD includes a dosage dispense detection device, an accelerometer, and a visual transducer, an audio transducer, a haptic transducer, or any combination thereof. The dosage dispense detection device detects when a user applies a compressive force across the IMD. The accelerometer measures a shaking of the IMD by a user before self-administering a dose. The IMD determines whether the medicine is adequately shaken by the user, and if so, communicates an indication to the user that the pressurized canister of medicine is ready for dosage. In another aspect, the IMD communicates a sequence of indications that mark each transition of a dosage regimen plan to self-administer a dosage of medicine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Inventor: Keith Good
  • Patent number: 11577033
    Abstract: An aerosol inhalation spacer for use with a metered-dose inhaler canister is disclosed. The spacer includes a transparent chamber housing having a body with an input end and an output end and defining an interior space. A mouthpiece is connected to the output end of the chamber housing. An inhaler adapter is connected to the input end of the chamber housing. A valve member is disposed between the mouthpiece and the output end of the chamber housing, the valve member includes a one-way inhalation valve and a one-way exhalation valve. A flow indicator is connected to the inhaler adapter and extends into the interior space of the chamber housing for indicating an inhalation flow rate to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Medline Industries, LP
    Inventors: Colin Conlon, Prashant S. Nagathan, Michael Stephen Hill, Olaf Lally, James Lorek
  • Patent number: 11560271
    Abstract: An electronic smoking device includes a liquid supply (34) and an atomizer in a housing. The liquid supply (34) includes at least two container members (34a, 34b) attachable to one another through a connection mechanism to form a liquid supply main body. Each of the container members (34a, 34b) may have an outlet (341a, 341b) sealed by a sealing member (342a, 342b) and a second end which is closed, and an aerosol channel (343a, 343b) formed between the container members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Inventor: Min Sheng
  • Patent number: 11547814
    Abstract: An inhalation-synchronized fluid dispenser device having a body (10; 10?) provided with a mouthpiece (400), a fluid reservoir (100) containing a fluid and a propellant gas being mounted to slide axially in the body (10; 10?), a metering valve (200) including a valve member (210) assembled on the reservoir (100) for selectively dispensing the fluid. The device includes an actuator element (500, 500?, 500?; 550) movable and/or deformable between a non-actuation position and an actuation position; an inhalation-controlled trigger system including an inhalation-sensitive member (60, 61; 65, 66) deformable and/or movable under the effect of inhaling and when deformed and/or moved, moving and/or deforming the actuator element (500, 500?, 500?; 550) from its non-actuation position towards its actuation position; an electronic dose counter (1000); and a signal-transmitter (1100) for communicating, in particular communicating remotely, information relating to the actuations of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: APTAR FRANCE SAS
    Inventors: Guillaume Brouet, Ludovic Petit, David Fabien
  • Patent number: 11545249
    Abstract: An optimization methodology is employed to match vibratory inhaler devices having certain characteristics to the particular anatomical and acoustic properties of a patient's vocal tract, in order to achieve the most effective dispersion of a dry powder medicament using inspiratory effort of a user of the inhaler. In embodiments, optimization involves employing one or more measurements of acoustic frequency spectrum properties as well as one or more anatomical/geometric measurements of the structures comprising the particular patient's mouth, pharynx, and upper respiratory tract and matching a vibratory inhalation device that corresponds thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: CERNER INNOVATION, INC.
    Inventor: Douglas S. McNair
  • Patent number: 11534559
    Abstract: A system for delivery of aerosol therapy to spontaneously breathing patients comprises a housing which defines a chamber. The housing has a base, a top and a main body extending between the base and the top. An ambient air inlet is located adjacent to the base and is normally closed by an inlet valve. The housing also has a patient port for receiving a mouthpiece or a face mask. The mouthpiece has an exhaust outlet closed by an exhaust valve. Similarly, the face mask has an exhaust outlet closed by an exhaust valve. Exhaled air is exhausted through the valves and to prevent recirculation through the chamber which would adversely affect dose efficiencies. The housing also has an aerosol port for receiving a vibrating mesh aerosol generating device. The aerosol port is located in a side of the main body of the housing for delivery of aerosol into the chamber between the inlet valve and the patient port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Stamford Devices Limited
    Inventors: Patrick Joseph Power, Jimmy Eaton-Evans
  • Patent number: 11497866
    Abstract: A breath-responsive metered dose inhaler having a trigger mechanism for triggering delivery of a medicament and a trigger mechanism chassis for locating the trigger mechanism within the inhaler, the trigger mechanism including a breath responsive member moveable upon inhalation of the user from a primed position in which the inhaler is prevented from delivering medicament, to a triggered position in which the medicament is delivered to the user, a spring which is flexible along its longitudinal axis, wherein the spring is configured to bias the breath responsive member from its triggered position to its primed position by flexure along its longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Kindeva Drug Delivery L.P.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Howgill
  • Patent number: 11462323
    Abstract: This present disclosure describes a computer-implemented method for updating a plurality of parameters on a medical inhaler sensor via a wireless connection by a client device. The client device stores the plurality of parameters for the medical inhaler sensor on the client device. The client device updates one or more parameters of the plurality of parameters on the client device. The client device receives a plurality of periodic chirps from the medical inhaler sensor, and can establish the wireless connection with the medical inhaler sensor in in response to having received a chirp. Through the wireless connection, the client device transmits the updated one or more parameters of the plurality of parameters to the medical inhaler sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Reciprocal Labs Corporation
    Inventors: Samuel A. Koblenski, Benjamin J. Kopp, Justin Conrad Krosschell, John David Van Sickle, Gregory F. Tracy
  • Patent number: 11458260
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided for spraying a solution, such as a cleaning solution a barrier material, out of a spray canister device to a surface area of a human body. The spray canister device generally includes a removable sleeved cover element covering an inner canister element. The spray canister device with the removable sleeved cover is easy to carry and easy to spray, and can be handled manually or functions together with other devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Bemis Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Brian Schwab, Shao-Yu Peng, Brian Murray
  • Patent number: 11448250
    Abstract: The connector is configured to couple a first section and a second section of an e-vaping device, and the connector includes a flange with a first end and a second end, a shaft extending from the first end of the flange, an outer shelf being formed by a portion of the first end of the flange, a cylindrical base extending from the second end of the flange, and an inner shelf within the connector, the cylindrical base and the inner shelf at least partially defining a longitudinal opening, the flange defining at least one first notch, the at least one first notch at least partially along the second end of the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Robert Levitz, Shmuel Gavrielov
  • Patent number: 11433202
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a ventilator may provide interactive guidance for obtaining a subject's expiratory flow limitation results. In some embodiments, the ventilator may cause a progressive color component to be presented, where the progressive color component indicates a progression from one color proximate one side of the progressive color component to another color proximate another side of the progressive color component. The ventilator may cause a forced oscillation to be continuously applied to an airway of the subject for a time period. The ventilator may monitor the subject's degree of expiratory flow limitation based on output signals generated by one or more sensors as the forced oscillation is continuously applied for the time period. The ventilator may cause, based on the monitoring, a movable component's position on the progressive color component to be continuously updated during the time period to indicate the degree of expiratory flow limitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Robert Romano, Richard James Mckenzie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11424017
    Abstract: A respiratory system and method comprise a tracker module adaptable to be secured to a variety of inhalers, the tracker module sensing activation of the medication canister of the inhaler for delivery of medication to a user. The tracker module also senses the rate of inhalation air flow of the user when inhaling medication for determination of proper inhaler use. Upstream and downstream sensors provide flow information to determine quality of the inhalation. A flow sensor is an integral part of the tracking module and can be used on multiple inhalers. Other sensors are provided that monitor user presence at the inhaler, user technique in using the inhaler, and the attitude of the inhaler when it was used. Low power devices are used to conserve battery power. A spirometer provides user lung function data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: AptarGroup, Inc.
    Inventors: Melissa P. Manice, Joseph A. Condurso, III, Houston A. Brown, Francis T. Rodriguez, Daniel Z. Glazerman
  • Patent number: 11406775
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an inhaler comprising: an assembly including a heater element arranged in the inhaler to be proximal to a substrate region configured for supporting a vapour or atomiser precursor substrate; wherein the assembly is configured such that the heater element is operative to achieve and maintain a target temperature in the substrate region throughout a period corresponding to a plurality of consecutive uses of the inhaler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Nerudia Limited
    Inventors: Kenneth Scott, Tom Sudlow, Christopher Lord, Stephen McDonald, David Jones
  • Patent number: 11406786
    Abstract: Described herein are devices, systems and methods for monitoring the use of a nebulized medication, such as can be administered using a nebulizer. These can be used for monitoring a patient undergoing treatment for COPD and improve compliance to the recommended therapy. Monitored parameters include flow, humidity and acceleration and provide data as to the quantity and quality of nebulizer use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Segal, Nathan Abel, Spencer Brown, Everett Crosland, Francisco Javier de Ana Arbeloa, Thomas Goodin, Joseph Gordon, Michael Metz, Daniel Nelson, Jae Hong Park, Sean Scanlon, Janis Skujins, Jennet Toyjanova
  • Patent number: 11406771
    Abstract: In one aspect of the present disclosure, an apparatus for delivering a powdered agent into a subject's body may include a powder chamber housing the powdered agent. The apparatus also may include a chassis in fluid connection with the powder chamber. The chassis may include a first passage for receiving a pressurized gas, a second passage for receiving the powdered agent from the powder chamber, and a junction in fluid communication with the first passage and the second passage. At least a first portion of the pressurized gas is introduced into the powdered agent at the junction to fluidize the powdered agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Amanda Lynn Smith, Gerald Fredrickson, Dennis Brian Hubbard, Jr., Stan Robert Gilbert, Caitlyn Emily Bintz, Andrew Pic
  • Patent number: 11395880
    Abstract: A drug delivery device includes a housing, a drug delivery assembly disposed within the housing along a longitudinal axis, and a cap defining a shell. At least one electronic component, a power source, and a switch assembly are at least partially disposed in and coupled to the cap. The switch assembly is movable along a plane orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the drug delivery assembly to cause the power source to provide power to the electronic component. The device further includes an activation mechanism at least partially disposed in the cap. Upon urging the cap along the longitudinal axis in a direction away from the housing, the activation mechanism engages the switch assembly and causes the switch assembly to move, thereby causing the power source to provide power to the at least one electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: AMGEN INC.
    Inventors: Sung Keun Chang, Harold Dean, IV, Michael Friedman, Gordon Johnston, Neal Johnston
  • Patent number: 11395890
    Abstract: A medication delivery system including a holding chamber having an input and an output end, a backpiece coupled to the input end of the holding chamber and having an electrical circuit and an opening. An MDI includes an insert portion moveable between an engaged position wherein the insert portion is received in the opening and a disengaged position wherein the insert portion is removed from the opening, and at least one contact that completes the electrical circuit when the insert portion is in the engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: TRUDELL MEDICAL INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Adam Meyer, Bart Nowak, Ronak Sakaria, Heather Young, Cameron Roadhouse, Michael Lavdas
  • Patent number: 11395889
    Abstract: An inhaler includes a main body having a canister housing, a medicament canister retained in a central outlet port of the canister housing, and a dose counter having an actuation member for operation by movement of the medicament canister. The canister housing has an inner wall, and a first inner wall canister support formation extending inwardly from a main surface of the inner wall. The canister housing has a longitudinal axis X which passes through the center of the central outlet port. The first inner wall canister support formation, the actuation member, and the central outlet port lie in a common plane coincident with the longitudinal axis X such that the first inner wall canister support formation protects against unwanted actuation of the dose counter by reducing rocking of the medicament canister relative to the main body of the inhaler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignees: Ivax Pharmaceuticals Ireland, Norton (Waterford) Limited, Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland
    Inventors: Declan Walsh, Derek Fenlon, Simon Kaar, Jan Geert Hazenberg, Daniel Buck, Paul Clancy, Robert Charles Uschold, Jeffrey A. Karg
  • Patent number: 11357935
    Abstract: A system may include a mobile application residing on an external device and an inhalation device. The inhalation device may include a mouthpiece, a mouthpiece cover, medicament, and an electronics module comprising a processor. The inhalation device may be configured to both prepare a dose of medicament for delivery to a user and cause the processor to transition between power states when the mouthpiece cover is moved from a closed position to an open position to expose the mouthpiece. The electronics module or the mobile application may be configured to generate usage events based on usage of the inhalation device by the user. The electronics module may also include a pressure sensor, and the electronics module or the mobile application may be configured to determine whether a usage event is a good inhalation event, a fair inhalation event, or a no inhalation event based on feedback from the pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Norton (Waterford) Limited
    Inventors: Enrique Calderon Oliveras, Carl L. Lewis, Symon D'Oyly Cotton, Steven D. Gardner, Robert O. Kivlin, Amir Zur
  • Patent number: 11344685
    Abstract: A device for delivering medication to a user may include a main body, an electronics module, and a slider. The main body may include a mouthpiece, a medication reservoir, and a mouthpiece cover, where the mouthpiece cover may be hinged to the main body. The electronics module may include a communication circuit, a pressure sensor, and a switch. The slider may be configured to engage the switch when the mouthpiece cover moves from a closed position to an open position. The switch may be configured to switch the electronics module from an off state or a sleep state to an active state. The electronics module may be configured to never return to the off state after the mouthpiece cover is moved to expose the mouthpiece for the first time by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Norton (Waterford) Limited
    Inventors: Enrique Calderon Oliveras, Carl L. Lewis, Symon D'Oyly Cotton, Steven D. Gardner, Robert O. Kivlin
  • Patent number: 11344684
    Abstract: A refill assembly (129) for use in a medicinal inhaler (100). The refill assembly includes a patient port (110), and an adapter (118) configured to cause a dose of medicament to be released. The adapter is movable between a first position in which a dose of medicament is not released and a second position in which a dose of medicament is released. The refill assembly further includes a lockout mechanism positioned to lock the adapter in its first position, and a lockout override actuator (223). The lockout override actuator is movable between a first position in which the lockout mechanism is in a first locked state, and a second position in which the lockout mechanism is in a second unlocked state and the adapter is movable from its first position to its second position even when the refill assembly is not coupled to a reusable assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Kindeva Drug Delivery L.P.
    Inventors: William T. Richardson, Robert May, Christopher B. J. Groombridge
  • Patent number: 11335447
    Abstract: An inhaler tracker module is secured to an inhaler and has an activation sensor for sensing use of the inhaler. The tracker module includes a memory for storing inhaler use data, and a communications component for wirelessly transmitting the stored inhaler use data. The tracker module is wrapped around the inhaler body and includes a pressure switch located at the top of the canister to detect a user pressing the canister into the body for inhaler use. The tracking module has a standby mode in which it remains until inhaler use or until inhaler use data is stored and it is transmitted. A pairing function is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: AptarGroup, Inc.
    Inventors: Melissa P. Manice, Charles D. Manice, Daniel W. Weinstein
  • Patent number: 11318271
    Abstract: A tub is configured to contain a supply of water and is configured to be inserted into a chamber of a humidifier. The tub includes a tub base configured to contain the supply of water. The tub also includes a tub lid and a flow plate provided between the tub base and the tub lid. The flow plate includes a water level indicator configured to indicate a level of the supply of water in the tub base. In addition, the water level indicator includes a generally rectangular portion and a generally triangular portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Alexander Virr, Andrew Roderick Bath, Nathan John Row, Dan Kao, Phoebe Katherine Hill, Nicholas Andrew Earl, Hargopal Verma, Junning Chen
  • Patent number: 11311696
    Abstract: A water reservoir for an apparatus for humidifying a flow of air for delivery to an entrance of the airways of a patient for respiratory therapy includes a reservoir base configured to hold a volume of water, a reservoir lid comprising an inlet and an outlet, a hinge joint to pivotally couple the reservoir lid to the reservoir base for pivotal movement between an open position and a closed position, wherein the reservoir lid and the reservoir base cooperate to form a sealed internal volume at the closed position, and a rotation stop, wherein the rotation stop is arranged between the reservoir lid and the reservoir base at the open position, and wherein the rotation stop is configured and arranged to disconnect the reservoir lid from the reservoir base at the hinge joint when the reservoir lid is over-pivoted beyond the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Andrew Roderick Bath, Mark Bertinetti, Justin John Formica, Matthew Rolf Harrington, Saad Nasr, Joseph Samuel Ormrod, Jose Ignacio Romagnoli, Nathan John Row, Luke Andrew Stanislas, Hargopal Verma
  • Patent number: 11304450
    Abstract: A device for storing and vaporizing liquid media can comprise an annular liquid media storage tank and a heater configured to vaporize liquid stored in the annular liquid media storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: FONTEM HOLDINGS 4 B.V.
    Inventors: Ramon Alarcon, Dennis Rasmussen, Alex Tittiger
  • Patent number: 11298478
    Abstract: A valved-container inhaler (150) has a mechanical return assembly with a spring (214) and a transfer (212) configured to transfer stored potential energy from the spring to a canister (51) and a clutch (208, 210) in a load path of the force between the spring and the transfer, the clutch being rotatable between a first condition in which load is transferred from the spring to the transfer, and a second condition in which the spring and the transfer can move relative to one another to interrupt the load path and thereby allow the canister to resile after actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Kindeva Drug Delivery L.P.
    Inventors: Adam J. Stuart, Hannah J. S. Allan
  • Patent number: 11291082
    Abstract: An electric cigarette including a detachable cover for enclosing the battery. The cigarette allows for replacing the battery. In addition, the cigarette includes an indicating light for reflecting the state of the battery. In addition, the cigarette includes an atomizing assembly that includes detachable components for maintenance or replacement. In addition, the cigarette includes a transparent casing disposed in atomizing assembly. The cigarette of the invention allows for saving materials and reducing cost burden on a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventor: Tuanfang Liu
  • Patent number: 11278700
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering a flow of gas, has a housing 3202? with a recess, and an outlet port 3210? for a flow of gas. The recess is defined by at least one wall 3256, 3262 that is substantially continuous, gas impermeable, and unbroken, other than a gasflow passage from the recess to the outlet port of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Andre Van Schalkwyk, Andrew Paul Maxwell Salmon, Joel Michael Lawson, Russel William Burgess, Cameron Alexander Lawrence, Rachel Adeline Miller, Dean Antony Barker, Peter Geoffrey Hawkins, Ella Marie Meisel, Eamonn Bernard McKnight, Kevin Peter O'Donnell, Jae Chui Han
  • Patent number: 11273272
    Abstract: A breath-responsive inhaler having a trigger mechanism for triggering delivery of a medicament to a user, the trigger mechanism including a medicament source, having a primed position in which the inhaler is primed for use and an actuated position in which the medicament source is actuated to dispense a dose of medicament, a toggle mechanism for selectively permitting movement of the source from its primed position to its actuated position, the toggle mechanism comprising a vane positioned in the air flow path, the vane being pivoted about a vane pivot, and wherein the trigger mechanism is triggered by movement of the vane upon inhalation of the user to move the toggle mechanism between a primed condition in which the medicament source is maintained in its primed position by cooperation with the toggle mechanism and an actuated condition in which the toggle mechanism is disengaged from cooperation with the medicament source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Kindeva Drug Delivery L.P.
    Inventors: Adam J. Stuart, Peter D. Hodson
  • Patent number: 11266800
    Abstract: The present invention provides a drug delivery system that includes a housing configured to contain one or more dispensers. Each dispenser includes an activation mechanism, a nozzle configured to direct the medicament to a predetermined area in the nasal passageway. The nozzles may be configured to create a spray pattern that is about 50-degrees to direct the delivery of a medicament to the sphenopalatine ganglion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventor: Bruce H. Levin
  • Patent number: 11266623
    Abstract: Pharmaceutical compositions in which isolated cannabinoid receptor modulators are optionally combined with terpene blends in a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. Methods for treating or preventing a disease, disorder, dysfunction or condition caused by exposure to an organophosphate or carbamate acetylcholinesterase inhibitor with the inventive compositions are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Kotzker Consulting LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Morgan
  • Patent number: 11253001
    Abstract: A cartridge may include a cartridge housing, a reservoir and a wick housing disposed inside the cartridge housing, a heating element, and a wicking element. The cartridge housing may be configured to extend below an open top of a receptacle in the vaporizer device when the cartridge is coupled with the vaporizer device. The reservoir may be configured to contain a vaporizable material. The heating element may include a heating portion disposed at least partially inside the wick housing and a contact portion disposed at least partially outside the wick housing. The contact portion may include cartridge contacts that form an electric coupling with receptacle contacts in the receptacle. The wicking element may be disposed within the wick housing and proximate to the heating portion of the heating element. The wicking element may be configured to draw the vaporizable material to the wick housing for vaporization by the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: JUUL Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Ariel Atkins, Christopher L. Belisle, Brandon Cheung, Steven Christensen, Dylan E. Entelis, Alexander M. Hoopai, Eric Joseph Johnson, Jason King, Esteban Leon Duque, Matthew J. Malone, James Monsees, Nathan N. Ng, Claire O'Malley, Matthew Rios, Christopher James Rosser, Zachary T. Scott, Andrew J. Stratton, Alim Thawer, Norbert Wesely, James P. Westley
  • Patent number: 11219725
    Abstract: A modular electronic inhaler having an embedded system and a method for precise and repeatable delivery of multiple types of medications in different forms to the pulmonary system of a human user. The inhaler can include a first MDI housing defining an internal chamber for accommodating a MDI medication cartridge and a second DPI housing defining an internal chamber for accommodating a DPI medication cartridge. Meter reservoir compartments in each housing can automatically provide precise doses of medicine using vacuum pressure sensors. The sensors can be in communication with the internal embedded system/electronics (microcontroller) of the inhaler and the electronics/microcontroller can be in permanent communication with a software application running on the user's smart phone or other electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Inventor: Bahram Kam Habibi