With Timing Or Delay Mechanism Patents (Class 221/15)
  • Patent number: 10032005
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods to provide safe, secure and accurate point-to-point delivery of prescription and non-prescription drugs in the long-term home care or ambulatory care environment. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention provide for a low-cost, easy-to-use system comprised of a secure drug dispensing unit and medication enclosure combined with wireless connectivity and software based on smart mobile phone technology. Such systems and methods, referred to herein as a Secure, Control, and Enhance Medication Adherence (SCEMA) system, can mitigate the aforementioned risks associated with the use of prescription and non-prescription drugs. These risks can be significantly reduced for the elderly in the homecare environment, as well as the general public, without disrupting, or a significantly increasing the cost, to the existing prescription and non-prescription drug distribution infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: GEN-9, INC.
    Inventor: Mark A. Fauci
  • Patent number: 10028887
    Abstract: The package for a pharmaceutical product includes a vial and an electronic tag for obtaining information relating to the integrity of the product as assessed from an exposure of the product to physical or environmental conditions during a time span. The tag is attached at or to a constituent of the vial; or at least a portion of the tag is integrated in a constituent of the vial. The tag includes an electronics unit including a control unit, a sensor unit including at least one sensor for monitoring the physical or environmental conditions, a display unit including a display for displaying data relating to the integrity referred to as status data and a switch. The control unit is structured and configured for effecting that the display unit displays the status data in reaction to an operation of the switch. A rip strip may be bonded to the vial body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Q-TAG AG
    Inventor: Corneliu Tobescu
  • Patent number: 10013534
    Abstract: A pill dispensing system for monitoring compliant receipt of pills by a patient, comprising a base unit having an area adapted to receive a pill container, the base unit comprising a microprocessor and a power supply, the pill container comprising a plurality of breakable closures each sealing a respective one of the pill compartments, each breakable closure comprising a breakable conductor being adapted to break upon breaking of the breakable closure of a respective one of the pill compartments and to generate a first pill compartment opening signal on the microprocessor, said base unit further comprising a plurality of optical detectors, each optical detector being associated with a respective one of the pill compartments of the pill container and being adapted to generate a second pill compartment opening signal on the microprocessor upon the breaking of the breakable closure of a respective one of the pill compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: Martial Blochet, Olivier Triqueneaux
  • Patent number: 9980463
    Abstract: An item dispensing device having a wheel with a dispensing bucket formed into the wheel wall. The device can have a number of features to prevent items being dispensed from interlocking and thereby preventing further dispensing. These features can include protrusions on the cylinder wall, and a torsion spring to agitate the items to be dispensed, and a reed sweeper to help prevent jamming of an item during dispensing. Further, the device includes an ejection arm having an ejection face configured to dispense items in a manner that are engaging for a pet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Petzila Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Milner, Todd Lorey, David Clark
  • Patent number: 9980880
    Abstract: A pill dispenser is configured to receive a plurality of different pill types into discrete pill reservoirs, whereby a dose of different pills may be provided to a user in a dispense reservoir. A vacuum manifold may be configured with a vacuum tube for removing pills from the discrete reservoirs and placing them into the dispense reservoir. In one embodiment, a pill dispenser is part of a pill dispenser system that utilizes a remote electronic device having an application software program for setting, managing and displaying the dosing regimens for pills loaded into the pill dispenser. The application software program may be coupled with a prescribing pill database, whereby prescription pill information, including dosing regimens may be loaded onto the application software program to ensure compliance with the prescription.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Linda Jean Litton
  • Patent number: 9975688
    Abstract: The invention concerns a secure device for dispensing unit doses (Mi) of an active substance in a solid dosage form. Such a device comprises means to prevent refilling of the chamber containing the unit doses. It may further accommodate a processing unit and means of communication with the outside world. Such a device is particularly effective when it comes to combating the counterfeiting of medicines. It may further be used to detect patients' non-adherence during a clinical trial or the non-adherence of a patients suffering from chronic diseases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Medicodose Systems
    Inventors: Nadir Benouali, Nissab Benouali
  • Patent number: 9904885
    Abstract: A system and related methods for wireless medication compliance sensing is provided. The system includes a housing having a plurality of medication compartments. A breakable substrate is positioned on at least one side of the housing, wherein the breakable substrate covers an opening to the plurality of medication compartments. A sensor array is positioned on the at least one side of the housing. The sensor array has a plurality of resistors, wherein one of the plurality of resistors is positioned across one of the openings of the plurality of medication compartments. A wireless tag is connectable to the sensor array, the wireless tag comprising a transmitter, an accelerometer, and a sensing circuit, wherein the sensing circuit is adapted to scan the sensor array upon activation of the accelerometer, and wherein the transmitter transmits a signal having scanned sensor array data externally from the wireless tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Vypin, LLC
    Inventor: Robert W. Sengstaken, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9888774
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment includes a cabinet having at least one drawer with selectable access for storing items, such as medications. A slidable cover with a first opening allows for closure and/or access to items in an interior of the drawer. The cabinet further includes an actuator coupled to the cover and a controller coupled to the actuator to control movement of the first opening relative to the drawer interior in response to signals generated from a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: ARxIUM, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott I. Biba, Randall S. Koplin, Daniel J. Lee, Kathy L. Soukup, James A. Michael
  • Patent number: 9846763
    Abstract: A medical equipment case is provided for containing and transporting at least one article of medical equipment and a two-way audio-visual system. Such equipment may be used, for example, for telemedicine applications by a patient discharged from a hospital, or other subject in need of remote health care monitoring. The medical equipment case may include features that provide for security and facilitate return of the medical equipment case and medical equipment and audio-visual system contained therein, such as machine-readable indicia encoding information for return of the case from a usage location. The medical equipment case and contained medical equipment and two-way audio visual system together form a medical support system that can be used by a patient discharged from a hospital. Methods of controlling the medical support system are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9847012
    Abstract: In general, this disclosure is directed to techniques for generating, by a computing device, at approximately a time that a user is eating, at least one computer-generated indication. Based at least in part on the at least one computer-generated indication and pre-defined activity data that are indicative of a human consuming an ingestible substance, the computing device determines whether the user is currently consuming an ingestible substance. Responsive to determining that the user is currently consuming the ingestible substance, the computing device outputs a reminder to consume at least one particular ingestible substance, such as a medication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Asaf Zomet, Michael Shynar
  • Patent number: 9842512
    Abstract: A device and method of tapering medication in a post-operative patient is provided. The system includes a stationary base having indicia thereon representative of a defined period of time; a first circular wheel concentrically positioned on the stationary base, the first circular wheel representative of a first medication being taken by a patient; and a pin coupling the substantially circular wheel to said stationary base to permit the wheel to rotate 360 degrees about said base. The method of tapering medication includes gradually increasing the time intervals that medication is administered to a post-operative patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: GILLETTE CHILDREN'S SPECIALTY HEALTHCARE
    Inventor: Celeste Rene Knoff
  • Patent number: 9838586
    Abstract: A portable machine vision component for use in machine vision systems is provided. The component can include a base portion configured to removably connect with a machine vision device, the base portion including an electrical input and an electrical output. The component can also include a control system operatively connected with the base portion, the control system configured to control an operation of the machine vision device and to receive feedback from the machine vision device. The component can further include one or more interface elements associated with the base portion, the one or more interface elements configured to allow a user to access the control system and communicate with the machine vision device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventor: Kai Fluegge
  • Patent number: 9770055
    Abstract: An electronic vapor device is disclosed comprising a first container for storing a vaporizable material, a vaporizer component coupled to the first container, configured for vaporizing the vaporizable material, a processor coupled to the vaporizer component, configured to control the vaporizer component in response to a disposition signal, and a network access device, coupled to the processor, configured for receiving the disposition signal from a remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: LUNATECH, LLC
    Inventors: John Cameron, Dean Becker, Gene Fein
  • Patent number: 9763478
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed comprising a vapor output, a container for storing a vaporizable material, a vaporizer component coupled to the container, configured for vaporizing the vaporizable material to create a vapor and expelling the vapor out the vapor output, a processor, coupled to the vaporizer component, configured to control the vaporizing of the vaporizable material, and an input/output connector, coupled to the processor, configured for coupling to an electronic communication device to exchange one or more of power and data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: LUNATECH, LLC
    Inventors: John Cameron, Dean Becker, Gene Fein
  • Patent number: 9750868
    Abstract: The package for a pharmaceutical product includes a syringe and an electronic tag for obtaining information relating to the integrity of the product as assessed from an exposure of said product to physical or environmental conditions during a time span. The tag is attached at or to a constituent of the syringe; or at least a portion of the tag is integrated in a constituent of the syringe. The tag includes an electronics unit having a control unit, a sensor unit having at least one sensor for monitoring the physical or environmental conditions, a display unit having a display for displaying data relating to the integrity referred to as status data and a switch. The control unit is structured and configured for effecting that the display unit displays the status data in reaction to an operation of the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Q-TAG AG
    Inventor: Corneliu Tobescu
  • Patent number: 9743781
    Abstract: A multi-function homecare system including a dispensing device having a housing, a display device, a video camera, a speaker, a plurality of compartments, a cover for the plurality of compartments, and a control unit. The control unit of the dispensing device may be operable to issue an alarm and open the cover when a current date and time matches a prescription schedule stored on the control unit. The multi-functional homecare system may further include a controlling device that includes a control unit that is operable to transmit a new prescription schedule to the dispensing device in order to replace a previous prescription schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Saud Abdulaziz Alshammari
  • Patent number: 9695617
    Abstract: An access controlled storage device may include multiple doors, each having a different lock, to insure safety and security of the contents of the storage device. In one example, the access controlled storage may include a first outer door having a physical lock and a second interior door having an electronic lock. The physical lock and the electronic lock may require different keys. Additionally or alternatively, unlocking the interior door may require unlocking of the first door in an authorized manner. Access and inventory data may be transmitted to or received from remote devices through wireless communication networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Pro Tech Systems of Maryland, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Bacarella
  • Patent number: 9682200
    Abstract: Various exemplary embodiments relate to a medicament storage case including: a case body securable to a wall; a door connected to the body; a sleeve to contain an epinephrine injector; a medicament lock including a hook, wherein the hook is positioned to engage the sleeve when in a first position and is positioned to disengage the sleeve when in a second position; an actuator including a solenoid, wherein the solenoid, upon activation, moves the hook from the first position to the second position; a microphone configured to receive first audio as input; a speaker configured to output second audio; a communication unit configured to provide Internet connectivity; a button; and a processor configured to: in response to pressing the button: establish communication between the local user and a remote site, receive an unlock message, and in response to receiving the unlock message, activate the solenoid to release of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Mylan Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Denny, Kevin Ostrander
  • Patent number: 9643785
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for presenting at least one item of media to a user from a media recycler module. The media recycler module may be included in a Self-Service Terminal (SST). The media recycler module comprises a pocket interface for presenting media items to a user, and a moveable member operable to move media items located within the pocket interface towards an opening of the pocket interface, thereby enabling a user to retrieve the media items within the pocket interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Margaret Katherine Carlisle
  • Patent number: 9572932
    Abstract: Described is a needle assembly reuse prevention mechanism comprising a barrier movable between a retracted position and an extended position, a spring coupled to the barrier, a pin formed on the barrier, and a slot receiving the pin. When in the extended position, the barrier substantially covers an opening of a needle assembly storage compartment. The spring forces the barrier in a first direction. The slot has at least one abutment face for abutting the pin and preventing movement of the barrier in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Ilona Eggert, Christopher Nigel Langley, Shane Alistair Day
  • Patent number: 9555952
    Abstract: A container and dispensing system is provided that includes a tamper resistant and sealable container with a child resistant latching mechanism. The container includes at least one hopper for storing a controlled substance or sensitive material, and includes a container unit locking lid with a locking mechanism that may be opened through manual manipulation or through the use of a key. In at least one embodiment, the locking mechanism is a flat spring locking device. A designated person, in the event of a pill container, a pharmacist, may control an optionally required key for removing the lid during refill operations. For other sensitive materials where tampering or unauthorized access is desired, such as a feed hopper, the owner of the container may retain control of the optional key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventors: Fred Dawson, Michael A. Klein
  • Patent number: 9492357
    Abstract: An article dispensing apparatus includes a carousel and a dispensing face including a dispensing orifice through which the articles are dispensed. The carousel includes plural holding sections for holding the articles to be dispensed and is rotationally movable. A controller controls an actuating unit to apply a force to the carousel to cause the carousel to move rotationally relative to the dispensing face when an instruction to dispense an article is received. When the carousel is moved relatively to the dispensing face so that one of its holding sections having an article therein is aligned with the dispensing orifice, the article is allowed to be dispensed through the dispensing orifice. A detector can detect when an article is within one of the holding sections aligned with the dispensing orifice and when the article is no longer within the one of the holding sections aligned with the dispensing orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: DoseSmart, Inc.
    Inventors: David MacVittie, Hale Kpetigo
  • Patent number: 9492355
    Abstract: A smart medicine container is provided to secure accesses to a bulk supply of pills stored therein and pills dispensed therein. The medicine container comprises a control unit, a memory, a communication interface unit, a pill-supply housing configured to store a bulk supply of pills, a pill-supply locking means configured to lock access to the pill-supply housing, a dispensing assembly configured to dispense pills from among the bulk supply of pills, and a dispensed-pill housing configured to receive and store dispensed pills, a dispensed-pill locking means configured to lock access to the dispensed-pill housing. The control unit is programmed to irreversibly cause the pill-supply locking means to lock access to the pill-supply housing and irreversibly cause the dispensed-pill locking means to lock access to the dispensed-pill housing when receiving information indicating that the bulk supply of pills should permanently discontinue to be taken by a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Nitesh Ratnakar
  • Patent number: 9456958
    Abstract: Embodiments generally relate to a central monitoring system for a dispensing device in a healthcare network. In one embodiment, the central monitoring system includes one or more accessing devices configured to transmit a unique identity tag to the dispensing device, and one or more computing devices configured to receive an identity tag from one or more accessing devices. The computing device is further configured to receive a time stamp and create a report of the time of access of the dispensing device by the one or more accessing devices. In another embodiment, the central monitoring system is configured to transmit a real-time notification based on device data analyzed by the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Abiogenix Inc.
    Inventors: Goutam Reddy, Sara Cinnamon
  • Patent number: 9355221
    Abstract: Item-management systems, apparatus, and methods are described, preferably for management of items such as medicaments. In a method embodiment, a method of hand-loading a container with at least one type of medicament is provided. A portable container having plural cells for holding medicament-type items is gotten and is docked at a docking station. Visible information, preferably viewable on the docked container, indicates the cell into which each medicament is to be hand-loaded. The visible information assists a user to hand-load a medicament into the correct cell. The docked container is removed from the docking station after the cells have been loaded with the medicaments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Chudy Group, LLC
    Inventors: Duane S. Chudy, Larry Montgomery, James T. Spernow
  • Patent number: 9311806
    Abstract: A device and method for monitoring the removal or consumption of fluid from a container. The device has a housing with an attachment means on one side for affixing the device to a fluid container and a plurality of electrical components environmentally protected within the housing. The electrical components include a display screen having a length about the height of the container, a keypad, a timer and a processor. All of the electrical components are powered by and connected to a power source. The processor contains computer instructions that when activated indicate on the display screen the level of fluid that should have been removed or consumed based on the time since activation. This provides the user with information for monitoring fluid consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventors: Tyrone H. Hazen, Wallis E. Levin
  • Patent number: 9238545
    Abstract: There is provided a cartridge for a medication dispensing apparatus having a roll-rotating drum, the cartridge including a cartridge case having an open outlet formed on a bottom thereof so as to dispense medication; a drum installed inside of the cartridge case so as to selectively open and/or close the outlet; and a cartridge base having the cartridge case installed thereto, wherein projections projected downward and grooves recessed upward are formed on a bottom of the drum, alternatively, and a concave-convex part having protruding portion protruding upward are formed on a bottom surface of the cartridge case at intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Infopia Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byeong-Woo Bae, Keun-Young Kim
  • Patent number: 9240090
    Abstract: Systems and methods secure, store and/or dispense one or more retail items, and have at least one shelf and at least one product holder having a front portion, a back portion, a pusher paddle, at least one product stop ramp, and a level actuator. The systems and methods have a hinged front panel hinged, a blocker panel locatable in an engaged position or in an unengaged position, and at least one linkage connecting the front panel and the blocker panel, wherein the at least one portion of the level actuator is movable within the opening formed in the front panel to lift the associated forks above the stop ramp of the at least one product holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Marketing Impact Limited
    Inventors: Michael Vogler, Joel Pollock
  • Patent number: 9089472
    Abstract: In order to monitor the administration of medicament portions Ta in a reliable and simple manner, the invention provides a display device for a dispenser for medicament portions Ta, it being necessary to administer the medicament portions at regularly recurring reference administration times, and the display device comprising a display 1 and an electronic actuation means for the display, characterized in that the display comprises a first visualization means 30, 40 for displaying a first period of time between a first reference administration time and the current time, and the first reference administration time being distinguished in that the medicament portion has not been taken by the first reference administration time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH
    Inventors: Heike Ranze, Mayk Kresse
  • Publication number: 20150129602
    Abstract: A medication adherence and container system for informing a patient when it is time to and not to take medication; for storing medicine information sheets with the medicine containers; and holding the medicine containers in arranged clusters, having containers and caps which interact between each other as switches with the electrical circuits provided. The electrical circuits have a timing device which can be set for a predetermined elapsed time and provides a continuous signal, such as a colored light, during the running of said predetermined time to indicate “not to take medication” and then provides a different signal, such as a different colored light, when the predetermined time has lapsed to indicate “take medication” and continues that signal until being reset upon breaking the electrical circuit between cap and container and restarting the timing device on closing the circuit between cap and container for measuring another predetermined elapsed time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Rafael A. Medrano
  • Patent number: 9027787
    Abstract: A medicine dispensing device includes a shell-like base unit, a shell-like cassette with a number of compartments for storage of medicines which is rotatable relative to the base unit, a unit for rotating the cassette relative to the base unit at predetermined times, a lid firmly connected to the base unit, and an aperture situated in the lid in such a way as to be movable to become central to any desired compartment of the cassette when the cassette is rotated relative to the base unit and the lid. A hatch is provided close to the aperture and can assume a position in which the aperture is closed and a position in which the aperture is exposed. The hatch is pivotable relative to a pivot axis. The hatch has a rear edge which has an extent in the circumferential direction of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventors: Mats Eriksson, Ingemar Hagerbro
  • Patent number: 9007875
    Abstract: A medicine station or stand-alone alert device has a processor having access to memory, wherein the memory stores a control module, and the processor is configured to execute the modules stored in the memory. The medicine station or stand-alone alert device also includes one or more indicators. The control module is configured to periodically check for an external notification from a primary alert device that it is time to take a medication. Upon receiving the external notification, the control program is configured to cause the medicine station or stand-alone alert device to enter an amplified alert mode with respect to the primary alert device via the one or more indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventors: Lloyd Cleveland Nurse, Darien Okinza Nurse
  • Patent number: 9002718
    Abstract: When the present time of a clock circuit is a medication time recorded in advance in a SD card, a notice that the medication time has come is given by a voice output portion or the like. Presence/absence of a medicine package in each block of a medicine package case is sensed by a medicine package sensor. The time point and the presence/absence of the medicine package are recorded in the SD card. A notice corresponding to the presence/absence is output. At a time except for the medication time, taking-out of the case, opening/closing of the cover, taking-out and return of the medicine package are recorded in the SD card based on detection signals from the medicine package sensor, medicine package case sensor, and case cover opening/closing sensor. A notice corresponding to the sensed situation is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignees: Omron Healthcare Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Imai, Tomonori Inoue, Kenji Eda, Takahide Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20150069080
    Abstract: A device and a method for dispensing pharmacy/clinic loaded medications are described herein. The device may include multiple chambers, each chamber having stored therein one type of medication. Each chamber may have a cavity located along a rotating drum. Rotation of the drum causes the chamber to dispense the medications according to a defined schedule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher J. DiMartino, Richard W. Graham
  • Patent number: 8936175
    Abstract: The disclosed pill bottle allows for timed dispensing of medicine, as programmed by a doctor, pharmacist, or caregiver. The device has a slot for pill entry in any one of the walls, the slot being sealable and lockable. In an unlocked and open condition, the slot is a portal from the outside of the bottle into an inner cavity, the cavity being adapted for pill storage and extending between the slot/opening for pill entry and an exit tube. The exit tube is sized for single-file passage of a plurality of pills. A spring-loaded member is adapted to apply pressure in the exit tube on a single pill of the plurality of pills such that the pressure prevents exit of the single pill and the single pill blocks other pills of the plurality of pills from exiting. A button extends through a wall, such as the side wall, and is configured to release the pressure (defined as changing the static nature of the pill and spring placement) on the single pill, allowing it to fall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Song
  • Publication number: 20140353328
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an intelligent medication dispensing device that gives a patient access to his/her right daily doses of oral solid medications anywhere at the right time. The device is programmed to alert the patient when the doses due time occurs. The medication dispensing device of the present invention comprises essentially a plurality of cartridges divided into a plurality of compartments, a plurality of cylinders to position the cartridges in the device of the present invention, a medication box, a non-taken medication storage component, a portable component, and a plurality of actuators. The portable component can be taken by the patient to any place in order for such patient to adhere to his/her medication doses. The device of the present invention stores the missed dosages in the non-taken medication storage component, and thus prevents the accumulation of such missed doses with a new dose, which has its due time occurred.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: ASRF, INTERNATIONAL COMPANY TO SUPPORT APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH FUND
    Inventors: Tareq Ziad Makhalfeh, Nada Nabil S. Khatib
  • Patent number: 8868245
    Abstract: A dispensing device includes an actuating device that actuates first and second containers, respectively, and a sensor for detecting an environmental condition. In a first period the actuating device is inactive, in a second period the actuating device actuates the first container at a first frequency, and in a third period the actuating device actuates the second container at a second frequency. If the sensor has detected the environmental condition, the actuating device actuates the first and/or second containers, respectively, during a fourth period at a third frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Tai P. Luc, Kenneth W. Michaels, Megan L. Polzin, Bhavesh Shah
  • Publication number: 20140214200
    Abstract: A dispensing device for dispensing doses of non-individually packaged pills at a plurality of pre-specified dosing times includes a housing that holds a removable magazine, a dispensing unit and an electronic circuit. The removable magazine is configured to hold a stack of the non-individually packaged pills. The dispensing unit is configured to operate on the removable magazine to dispense a pre-specified dose of the pills upon receipt of a signal. The electronic circuit includes a timer that provides the signal at the pre-specified dosing times to activate the dispensing unit to dispense the pre-specified dose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Nicole M. Chrusciel, Jeremy A. Hansen
  • Patent number: 8752728
    Abstract: A portable, time-release, dosage form dispensing assembly is provided. A hopper holds a supply of like, loose and randomly oriented dosage forms. The hopper including a bottom portion having an opening sized and shaped for receiving one of the dosage forms. An electromechanical apparatus dispenses the dosage forms from the hopper through the opening. The apparatus is adapted to dispense the dosage forms to a dispensing area one dosage form at a time. A programmable controller generates a set of control signals to control the apparatus to dispense a preselected number of dosage forms at a preselected time of day or time interval. A communication apparatus wirelessly communicates a first set of data to the controller to program the controller. The first set of data represents the preselected number and the preselected time of day or time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Orbital Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Jason S. Tignanelli, Matthew K. Winget
  • Patent number: 8646650
    Abstract: Dispensing systems and methods are disclosed that provide controlled advancement of product and provide controlled access to product stored within the system. Embodiments include a product pushing device having a track and a pusher that urges product stored on the track forward. Certain embodiments include mechanisms to limit the forward progression of the pusher along the track, such as a brake mechanism, and certain embodiments include mechanisms to block access to product located on the track. Some embodiments include mechanisms for providing a time delay in between the vending of products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Rock-Tenn Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. Lockwood, Roger K. Miller
  • Publication number: 20140014674
    Abstract: A dispensing kit for medicine bottlecaps that includes a first bottlecap with a first preprogrammed timer programmed for a first time interval, a second bottlecap with a second preprogrammed timer programmed for a second time interval and a dispensing device for independently dispensing the first and second bottlecaps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Angelo Jeyarajan
  • Patent number: 8565926
    Abstract: A dispensing device includes first and second actuators that actuate first and second containers, respectively, to dispense volatile material therefrom and a sensor for detecting an environmental condition. In a first period the first and second actuators are inactive, in a second period the first actuator actuates the first container at a first frequency to dispense volatile material therefrom, and in a third period the second actuator actuates the second container at a second frequency to dispense volatile material therefrom. If the sensor has detected the environmental condition, the first and/or second actuators actuate the first and/or second containers, respectively, during a fourth period at a third frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Tai P. Luc, Kenneth W. Michaels, Megan L. Polzin, Bhavesh Shah
  • Patent number: 8558659
    Abstract: A medical supply station is disclosed. The medical supply station includes a securable compartment configured to hold medical supplies, and a controller. The controller is responsive to access information and is configured to selectively permit access to the securable compartment when the access information indicates the securable compartment is authorized for access, and restrict access to the securable compartment when the access information indicates the securable compartment is not authorized for access. The medical supply station also includes a critical access module configured to, upon actuation, bypass the access information required by the controller and permit substantially immediate access to the securable compartment. The medical supply station further includes an image capturing device, coupled to the critical access module, configured to capture at least one image of an area proximal to the medical supply station in response to actuation of the critical access module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventor: Graham Ross
  • Publication number: 20130248551
    Abstract: A portable, time-release, dosage form dispensing assembly is provided. A hopper holds a supply of like, loose and randomly oriented dosage forms. The hopper including a bottom portion having an opening sized and shaped for receiving one of the dosage forms. An electromechanical apparatus dispenses the dosage forms from the hopper through the opening. The apparatus is adapted to dispense the dosage forms to a dispensing area one dosage form at a time. A programmable controller generates a set of control signals to control the apparatus to dispense a preselected number of dosage forms at a preselected time of day or time interval. A communication apparatus wirelessly communicates a first set of data to the controller to program the controller. The first set of data represents the preselected number and the preselected time of day or time interval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: ORBITAL INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Jason S. Tignanelli, Matthew K. Winget
  • Patent number: 8485391
    Abstract: Systems for deterring theft of retail products. Systems of this invention provide theft deterrent dispensing modules for dispensing products and may incorporate theft deterrent measures including mechanical deterrents, time delays and sound. The dispensing modules may include one or more pusher assemblies for dispensing product. Certain systems of this invention may also include a lockout feature, so that only one pusher assembly may be activated to dispense a product at one time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Rock-Tenn Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: Kirk A. Vlastakis, Roger K. Miller, Thomas A. Lockwood
  • Patent number: 8453874
    Abstract: A dispenser (200) and method for dispensing pills to patients from cartridges (224) featuring downloadable remotely programmable timer (1B) and network communications links (504), alerting timer, databasing, printer, and battery (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventors: Edwin C. Simpson, Mary Carson
  • Patent number: 8448815
    Abstract: A product dispenser including a frame configured to support a plurality of products and flag element connected to the frame, the flag element being moveable relative to the frame from a first, un-deployed configuration when the flag element is engaged with at least one of the products, to a second, deployed configuration when the flag element is not engaged with the products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew B. Sholl, John Gelardi, Aaron L. Bates, Laurel Thomas, Caleb S. Loftin
  • Patent number: 8386075
    Abstract: A system for controlling advancement of and access to product and for generating data associated with such advancement and access. Systems of this invention include a pusher system having a track, a pusher, and mechanisms for generating data relating to the movement of the pusher. Certain embodiments of the invention include a door assembly, which controls consumer access to product located behind the door assembly, a stop for limiting the forward progression of the pusher along the track, and mechanisms for generating data relating to when and/or for how long the door assembly is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Rock-Tenn Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. Lockwood, Roger K. Miller, Scott H. Stapleford, Gary N. Stapleford
  • Patent number: 8348093
    Abstract: A dispensing kit for medicine bottlecaps that includes a first bottlecap with a first preprogrammed timer programmed for a first time interval, a second bottlecap with a second preprogrammed timer programmed for a second time interval and a dispensing device for independently dispensing the first and second bottlecaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Angelo Jeyarajan
  • Patent number: 8255089
    Abstract: A dispensing device includes a controller and first and second actuators coupled to the controller and adapted to actuate first and second containers, respectively, to dispense volatile material therefrom. The device further includes a sensor coupled to the controller for detecting an environmental condition. The controller is configured to operate in a first period during which the first and second actuators are inactive, in a second period during which the first actuator is controlled to periodically actuate the first container at a first frequency to dispense volatile material therefrom, and in a third period during which the second actuator is controlled to periodically actuate the second container at a second frequency to dispense volatile material therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Tai P. Luc, Kenneth W. Michaels, Megan L. Polzin, Bhavesh Shah