Means Broken, Cut, Pierced, Or Torn To Permit Material Flow To Or From Body Patents (Class 604/200)
  • Patent number: 10334822
    Abstract: A behavioral training aid comprising: (a) a body; (b) a tract including: (i) a tract locking mechanism that secures the tract to an outer surface of the body; and (ii) a tract insert removably attached to the tract locking mechanism; (c) one or more legs extending from the body; and (d) one or more base supports extending from a distal end of the one or more legs; wherein the tract insert is configured to receive a receptacle so that the receptacle is elongated and forms a depository within the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Maria E. Stroud
  • Patent number: 10258771
    Abstract: An introducer assembly includes a sheath and a tubular member that are coupled by a movement that is simultaneously longitudinal and radial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Teleflex Medical Incorporated
    Inventors: Jason Ryan Beissel, Todd Raymond Hilbert
  • Patent number: 9968743
    Abstract: A quantitative syringe-type ejector capable of ejecting the contents packed in one syringe in small quantities is provided. The quantitative syringe-type ejector includes a syringe and a plunger. The plunger includes a piston holding member and a plunger operation member. The piston holding member has at least one arm having: a slide projection slidable on an inner peripheral surface of the syringe; and a lock projection to be releasably locked to a back end of the syringe. The plunger operation member has a lock part to be releasably locked to the back end of the syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuhito Kuwahara, Shinya Hoshino
  • Patent number: 9931475
    Abstract: A retractable needle device attachable to the front of a fluid collection or infusion device such as a syringe, the retractable needle device comprising a housing having an engagement member, a slide support surface, a retraction cavity and a first pinch surface; a needle; a needle alignment member comprising a needle tube and a second pinch surface; and a needle retraction mechanism positioned within the needle tube and configured to bias the needle rearwardly; wherein the first and second pinch surfaces are configured so that a pinching force applied to them will cause relative lateral movement between the housing and needle alignment member. This translational movement from an injection position, wherein the needle is aligned with the syringe connector, to a retraction position, wherein the needle is aligned with the retraction cavity, allows the needle retraction mechanism to force the needle into the retraction cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Retractable Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Shaw, Mark Small, Ni Zhu
  • Patent number: 9931464
    Abstract: An injection device (10) for administering a liquid has a barrel (12) with an outlet (20) for the liquid, and a piston (14) arranged in the barrel (12). The piston is designed to force the liquid out from the outlet (20) by displacement into the barrel (12). The injection device (10) has an overpressure protection with a sensor (24) and with an actuator (26). The sensor (24) detects the pressure of the liquid in the barrel (12) directly or indirectly. The actuator (26) prevents a further increase in the pressure of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: B. BRAUN MELSUNGEN AG
    Inventors: Andre Weiss, Heinz Wiegel
  • Patent number: 9881367
    Abstract: An automated visual inspection (AVI) system is described to measure the depth of plungers positioned within vessels. The AVI system implements various types of image processing as well as other techniques to identify, for a vessel, a reference point and the uppermost edge of the plunger. Because different inconsistencies and/or artifacts may be introduced within the vessel image, different processing techniques may be executed on the region containing the reference point versus the plunger region. In doing so, the AVI system provides a robust means to accurately measure plunger depth that is highly resilient to the aforementioned artifacts and consistently measures plunger depth for a wide variety and types of vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: AMGEN INC.
    Inventors: Graham F. Milne, Thomas Clark Pearson, Erwin Freund
  • Patent number: 9700663
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for preparation of water for various uses including blood treatment are described. In embodiments, fluid is passed either by pump or passively by gravity feed, through various filtration elements from a fluid source to a treatment fluid container. The latter forms a batch that may be used during treatment. Methods and systems for creating multiple-treatment batches are described. Advantages of creating a multitreatment batch include the fact that the burden of treatment preparation can be reduced and the timing of the preparation of the batch can be independent of the treatment time. As described, there are various trade-offs and concerns with this approach which are addressed by the inventive embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: NXSTAGE MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Burbank, Dennis M. Treu, Götz Friederichs, Brian C. Green, Christopher S. McDowell, James M. Brugger
  • Patent number: 9480813
    Abstract: A coronary artery catheter adapted for introducing its distal end into a coronary ostium through an artery includes a catheter body with a lumen formed therein. The catheter body in a natural state includes: a proximal straight section extending distally from a proximal end of the catheter body; a first curved section extending distally from the proximal straight section while being curved; an intermediate straight section extending distally from the first curved section; a second curved section extending distally from the intermediate straight section while being curved; and a distalmost section extending from the second curved section to a distal end of the catheter body. The first curved section and the second curved section, when projected onto a plane on which the first curved section and the intermediate straight section are present, curve in the same direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuya Fukuoka, Yuya Otake, Mariko Ueda
  • Patent number: 9381304
    Abstract: A system for a drug delivery device comprising a reservoir holder configured to hold a reservoir, and an alignment interface comprising a main body configured to be coupled to the reservoir. A first alignment feature is provided on the main body. The first alignment feature cooperates with a corresponding alignment feature provided by the reservoir holder such that when the reservoir is inserted into the holder, the first alignment feature cooperates with the corresponding alignment feature provided by the holder so as to rotate the alignment interface and thereby align the alignment interface within the holder. Thus, the reservoir may be aligned within the reservoir holder. The first alignment feature may comprise at least one protrusion provided on the main body of the interface. The system further comprises one or more coding features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Richard James Vincent Avery, Aled Meredydd James
  • Patent number: 9259528
    Abstract: A safety coupling for a fluid infusion device is provided. The device includes a first coupling device coupled to a drive system of the fluid infusion device, and a second coupling device coupled to a stopper of a fluid reservoir associated with the fluid infusion device. The first coupling device and the second coupling device cooperate to resist the movement of the stopper relative to the drive system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark S. Curtis
  • Patent number: 9238110
    Abstract: A system and method for priming a medicated module during attachment of the medicated module to a drug delivery device. The drug delivery device has a drug reservoir holding a first medicament. The medicated module includes an upper retention feature and a lower retention feature, wherein the upper retention feature is axially moveable relative to the lower retention feature. The medicated module also includes an engagement needle and an output needle, wherein the output needle is in fluid communication with the engagement needle. The module also includes a collapsible feature holding a second medicament, wherein the collapsible feature is operably connected to the upper retention feature. During attachment to the drug delivery device, (i) the upper retention feature moves axially relative to the lower retention feature, (ii) the collapsible feature collapses, and (iii) the engagement needle and the output needle are primed with the second medicament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: James Alexander Davies, Steven Wimpenny, Daniel Thomas De Sausmarez Lintell
  • Patent number: 9180253
    Abstract: A medicated module attachable to a drug delivery device. The medicated module comprises a housing configured for attachment to a drug delivery device. The drug delivery device comprises a first medicament. A collapsible reservoir is contained within the housing. A pre-determined volume of a second medicament is contained within the reservoir. A needle arrangement is configured within the housing and the needle arrangement is arranged in fluid communication with the collapsible reservoir. A needle shroud may be configured, such that, during an injection step, the shroud acts on the reservoir to inject the second medicament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: James Alexander Davies, Paul Richard Draper, Steven Wimpenny
  • Patent number: 9108006
    Abstract: A RFID comprising a value sensor such as a pressure sensor is integrated with a liquid drug container to enable wireless pressure or other drug relevant parameter value monitoring and code-matching of drug container to a medical delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Novo Nordisk A/S
    Inventors: Peter Lundholm Jensen, Kristian Glejbøl, Lars Peter Klitmose, Salim Bouaidat
  • Publication number: 20150112263
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to fluid delivery devices for supplying a fluid, e.g., a flush medium, to a medical device, e.g., a vascular access device, inexpensively. The fluid delivery device includes a collapsible body defining a fluid reservoir and a connector for securing the fluid delivery device to the medical device. The collapsible body can include a bellows or pleated structure. In addition, structure including levers or plungers can be provided to collapse the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Kathleen Tremblay, Scott M. Jones, Gregory A. Steube, Stephen B. Earheart, Kevin R. Martz, Mark Baker
  • Publication number: 20150080841
    Abstract: An infusion assembly is provided. Such an infusion assembly includes a first infusion body and a first nozzle operably engaged with the first infusion body. A first plunger is configured to translate longitudinally within the first infusion body for dispensing a first substance out of the first infusion body through the first nozzle. The plunger has a translating member and a stopper piston separable and removable from the translating member. Once separated, the stopper piston is capable of receiving a second nozzle of a second infusion body such that the first substance, along with a second substance in the second infusion body, are capable of being sequentially administered to a target site. An associated method and kit are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Bradley, Roland Jeffrey Wyatt, Jeffrey Alan Tilley, Bradley Welding Kolstad
  • Patent number: 8979791
    Abstract: A medicated module comprising a connecting body configured for attachment to a drug delivery device. A first needle is fixed within the connecting body and an outer body operatively coupled to the connecting body. A needle guard operatively coupled to the outer body and a biasing member positioned between the outer body and needle guard. A second needle fixed within the outer body and a recess within the connecting body defines a reservoir. The reservoir contains at least one dose of a medicament and is configured for fluid communication with the first and second needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: James Alexander Davies, Steven Wimpenny, Daniel Thomas De Sausmarez Lintell, Malcolm Stanley Boyd, Naceur Rekaya, Simon Lewis Bilton, John David Cross
  • Publication number: 20150073353
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiment relates to an injection device that is a single patient use, disposable device containing a needle and a cartridge containing a drug or pharmaceutical product. The device is initially provided in a pre-armed configuration wherein the needle sheath maintains cantilever locking tabs on the housing in a position to the maintain the needle in a position separated from the septum of a cartridge. To arm the device, the practitioner removes the needle sheath and pushes down the plunger assembly. The cantilever locking tabs flex outwardly thereby allowing the cartridge-to-housing interface and the cartridge to move forward whereby the butt end of the needle punctures the septum of the cartridge. Additionally, the cantilever locking tabs form a stop configuration with the housing of the device. The disclosed embodiment is particularly adaptable to dental anesthetic applications, as well as other medical and veterinary applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: David L. Strader
  • Patent number: 8968257
    Abstract: A coded cartridge holder system is disclosed for use with a cartridge assembly (20) containing a fluid and a delivery device (10), where the system has keyed connectors (5, 5?, 6, 6?) to prevent accidental attachment of the wrong fluid delivery device (10). The system comprises a coupling (1) attachable to the dose setting portion (12) of the device (10) and keyed to the proximal end of the cartridge holder (14). The cartridge holder (14) may also contain medical coding (27, 28) to correspond to matching coding (27?, 28?) on the distal end of a cartridge assembly (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Dasbach, Steffen Raab, Michael Harms, Udo Stauder, Volker Korger
  • Patent number: 8870848
    Abstract: A delivery system for delivering a therapeutic agent to a patient includes a catheter, a stop feature, a container and a bar. The catheter has a proximal end and a distal end and includes a body defining a lumen that extends to the distal end of the catheter. The stop feature is in proximity to the distal end of the catheter. The container is configured to house the therapeutic agent and is insertable and slidably disposable in the lumen of the catheter. The container is also configured to engage the stop feature of the catheter. The bar is slidably disposable in the lumen of the catheter. Sliding of the bar distally in the lumen forces the therapeutic agent out of the container and out of the lumen when the container is engaged with the stop feature. The stop feature is configured to inhibit the container from exiting the lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Prasanga D Hiniduma-Lokuge, Daniel Sigg, Xiaohong Qiu
  • Patent number: 8864719
    Abstract: A needle and receiver assembly for use with a syringe cartridge filled with medicine includes a cartridge receiver having a hollow interior, an open end sized for receiving at least part of the syringe cartridge, and a closed end opposite the open end. The assembly includes a needle mounted on the receiver having a fluid passage extending between a sharp delivery tip at a distal end of the needle and a sharp access tip at a proximal end of the needle opposite the delivery tip positioned inside the hollow interior of the receiver. The assembly includes a cutter movably mounted in the hollow interior of the receiver for movement relative to the receiver and the needle to cut the diaphragm of the cartridge when received in the hollow interior of the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: David M. Selvitelli, Melvin A. Finke, Kathleen Tremblay
  • Patent number: 8827957
    Abstract: A basal hub for attaching to an infusion base is disclosed. The hub includes a fluid reservoir and pressure actuating device. A septum portion of the reservoir is configured to be opened by a flow cannula that is in fluid communication with an infusion cannula of the infusion base, when the basal hub is attached to the infusion base. The pressure actuating device applies pressure to the fluid reservoir, such that when the septum portion of the fluid reservoir is pierced by the by the flow cannula, liquid stored in the fluid reservoir is released from the fluid reservoir into the infusion cannula of the infusion base via the flow cannula. The basal hub is configured to deliver a basal dose of insulin during periods of inactivity, such as during sleep time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Gary M. Searle, Charles George Hwang
  • Publication number: 20140243756
    Abstract: An applicator for administering a liquid to a selected location of a patient includes a main body having an interior cavity and a flexible outer wall. A frangible ampoule is configured to contain the liquid and configured to be positioned within the interior cavity of the main body. A hypodermic tube having a proximal end attached to the main body and a distal end. An applicator tip attached to the distal end of the hypodermic tube to dispense the liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Zachary W. Miller, Kevin D. McIntosh, Daniel M. Broberg, Kevin Connelly
  • Patent number: 8790314
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention generally provide a device and method for minimizing injection pain and preventing needle clogging during injection of a drug formulation into skin. Generally, the invention provides a device comprising a needle having a point to penetrate skin on one end, a hub having a diameter larger than that of the needle attached to the opposite end of the needle and connectable to a housing defining a chamber for receiving a formulation, and a polymer wrap attached to the hub, wherein the polymer wrap is tapered to the needle so as to pass through skin when the point is inserted into the skin, and wherein a space between the needle and the polymer wrap lies in a flow path of the formulation into the skin, such that formulation is injected through the space between the needle and the polymer wrap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignees: Amylin Pharmaceuticals, LLC, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
    Inventor: Bill Casey
  • Patent number: 8728042
    Abstract: An injection syringe, having a syringe cylinder, a plunger rod inserted therein and connected to a stopper by way of a coupling part, and a module that is provided in the proximal end of the syringe cylinder and having a cannula, mounted in a cannula holder received in a guided sleeve, and a sealing insert for the fluid-tight closure of the proximal end of the syringe cylinder and a protection cap for protecting the cannula, wherein the protective cap on the inner circumference has ribs extending in an axial direction, which engage in corresponding grooves of the driving part for a rotary drive thereof, and wherein in the sealing insert a hollow space is formed, which is closed on the proximal side and on the distal side transitions into an opening, by way of which a tip of the coupling part can be coupled to the hollow space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Pharma Consult GES.m.b.H.
    Inventor: Brigitte Pickhard
  • Patent number: 8672879
    Abstract: Medicament devices include a sealed medicament dose container comprising a cell based medicament that is stored at a temperature less than about ?40 degrees Celsius, then thawed into a liquid prior to administration and a medicament dose cartridge configured and sized to snugly hold the dose container therein during extraction of the liquid medicament. Related dose containers, retainers and extraction/dispensing systems are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Argos Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Grant, Christopher John Leigh-Lancaster, Andrew Zipsin, Timothy Peele, Ian S. Fitzpatrick
  • Publication number: 20140039404
    Abstract: A medicated module includes (i) a rotatable reservoir body comprising (a) a flow path and (b) a medicament-reservoir profile and (ii) a pin feature disposed in the rotatable reservoir body, the pin feature comprising a medicament-cavity profile. The medicated module also includes a second medicament, wherein the second medicament is held in a reservoir formed at least in part by the medicament-reservoir profile and the medicament-cavity profile, and wherein, prior to dispense, the second medicament is filled to at least the proximal end of the medicament-cavity profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Alasdair George Young, Daniel Thomas De Sausmarez Lintell, David Richard Mercer
  • Patent number: 8632504
    Abstract: A device for storing and administering drug includes a housing, a sealing element (3) and a separate low friction plunger (4) which is substantially-permeable to gas over time. The sealing element (3) is typically broken to allow delivery of the drug. The housing (2) may be filled with the drug through an opening other than the opening through which the pusher (13) enters the housing to move the plunger so as to expel the drug during administration to a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Oval Medical Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Matthew Young
  • Patent number: 8622965
    Abstract: A dispensing device for dispensing first and second medicaments to a patient that is made up of first and second stand-alone, interconnectable assemblies. The first of these assemblies comprises a fluid reservoir assembly that houses a fluid reservoir defining component while the second assembly comprises a fluid delivery and control assembly that includes an adding assembly for controllably dispensing the second medicament to the patient, a novel flow control means that functions to control the flow of medicinal fluid from the fluid reservoir of the first assembly toward the patient via a plurality of fluid flow control passageways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: BioQuiddity, Inc.
    Inventor: Marshall S. Kriesel
  • Publication number: 20130331797
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a syringe adapter. in one embodiment, an adapter/cap assembly is threadably engaged to a syringe for enteral feeding applications. The adapter cannot he removed from the syringe to prevent the syringe from being used for IV applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Alan Reid
  • Publication number: 20130324933
    Abstract: A cartridge assembly apparatus for an auto-injector includes a flexible container containing a liquid medicant. A needle hub is connected to the flexible container. A needle is attached to the needle hub and extends proximally from the needle hub. A frame is connected to the needle hub and includes a frame proximal end extending proximally beyond a proximal end of the needle. The needle hub and the needle are displaceable relative to the frame in a proximal direction to insert the needle into a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Meridian Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Wilmot, Clarence M. Mesa, Robert L. Hill, James R. Stewart, Colin J. Mathews, Christopher J. Hurlstone, Ben G. Turner, Christian Dunning
  • Patent number: 8597256
    Abstract: A seal member is configured to seal a chamber of a drug delivery device which is suitable to contain a drug, wherein the seal member comprises a diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Irina Lanin, Bernhard Forys, Alastair Clarke, Matthew Ekman, Kirsten Goode, Michael Heald, John Hiles, Chris Smith, Andrew Martin
  • Patent number: 8568365
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a syringe adapter. In one embodiment, an adapter/cap assembly is threadably engaged to a syringe for enteral feeding applications. The adapter cannot be removed from the syringe to prevent the syringe from being used for IV applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Alan Reid
  • Patent number: 8540691
    Abstract: A drug solution transferring device that can suppress dispersion of a toxic drug solution to a surrounding environment is provided. The drug solution transferring device includes a barrel provided with an opening, and a connection tool for connection to the barrel. The barrel includes an elastic member for closing the opening. The elastic member is formed of a plurality of membranes overlaid together. The membrane has a projection projecting into the barrel. The connection tool includes a first needle having a sharp tip end. The first needle has a liquid hole extending in an extending direction of the first needle. When the needle penetrates through the projection of the membrane, an inside and an outside of the barrel are in communication with each other through the liquid hole to allow transference of the drug solution between the barrel and the connection tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Nipro Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuru Hasegawa, Takeshi Ohguro
  • Patent number: 8529503
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a medicament delivery device comprising a generally elongated housing comprising a proximal part (10) and a distal part (12); a medicament cartridge (18) comprising a proximal opening closed by a septum (30), an axially movable distal stopper (26), and a first enclosure (20) wherein a liquid and a gaseous fluid are enclosed; a medicament delivery member (36) attachable to said proximal part (10) and having a non-delivery end (34); a medicament cartridge holder (16) wherein the medicament cartridge is coaxially arranged, said cartridge holder being arranged coaxially movable inside said proximal part and comprising holding means (38, 40) capable of holding said medicament cartridge holder (16) in a non-activated position in which said cartridge holder is releasebly engaged to said proximal part and in which a predetermined distance is present between the septum and the non delivery end; a manual pressure mechanism arranged to be moved from a non-pressure position to a pressure
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: SHL Group AB
    Inventors: Gunnar Elmén, Sebastian Karlsson
  • Patent number: 8512287
    Abstract: A system and method for a patch-like, self-contained substance infusion device which provides one or more substantially hidden patient needles which can be placed in fluid communication with a fluid reservoir, wherein the device can be attached to a skin surface via an adhesive contact surface and a push button activation assembly can then be used to remove an interlock, allowing a disk, or Belleville spring assembly to apply an essentially even and constant pressure to the contents of the fluid reservoir, allow the release of the patient needles into the skin surface, and establish a fluid communication path between the patient needles and the pressurized fluid reservoir contents. The push button activation assembly further allows the release of one or more improved safety mechanisms after use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Chris N. Cindrich, Ralph L. Sonderegger, Glade Howell, Weston F. Harding, Alexander G. Lastovich, Lionel Vedrine
  • Publication number: 20130211376
    Abstract: Provided herein is a single dose disposable pharmaceutical delivery apparatus and methods of use and manufacture thereof. One aspect provides a single dose disposable pharmaceutical delivery apparatus that includes a needle hub seal attached to a needle hub and a bladder that can contain a pharmaceutical composition. Another aspect provides for dispensing a pharmaceutical composition from the delivery apparatus by rupturing the needle hub seal and fluidically connecting the needle and the bladder. Another aspect provides manufacturing the delivery apparatus according to steps including attaching a needle hub and a needle hub seal and combining the bladder and the needle hub, thereby forming an apparatus described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: SeraTouch, LLC
    Inventor: SeraTouch, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130204201
    Abstract: A locking mechanism is provided for use with a reservoir and a reservoir holder so as to prevent unwanted tampering with the reservoir. The mechanism comprises a main body that is coupled to the reservoir. A first bendable feature is provided on the main body. The first bendable feature snaps from a first position to a second position. In the second position, at least a portion of the bendable feature retains the reservoir within the locking mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Richard James Vincent Avery, Aled Meredydd James
  • Publication number: 20130197477
    Abstract: A needle assembly comprises a body configured for attachment to a drug delivery device. The body defines a cavity. A septum is positioned within the cavity and a stopper positioned within the cavity such that the cavity, septum, and stopper define a reservoir. A double ended needle is positioned in the stopper and septum, the needle comprising a proximal end and a distal end. A release mechanism is positioned near a distal end of the body. A biasing element is positioned to drive the stopper. During a dose dispensing step, the release mechanism drives the proximal end of the needle out of the septum so that the proximal end resides in said reservoir. The biasing element may also drive the stopper proximally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Schabbach, Daniel Wagner, Houda Mihad
  • Publication number: 20130184677
    Abstract: A multiple dose syringe has a first valve defining a first valve opening pressure and a second valve defining a second valve opening pressure. A storage chamber in fluid communication with the second valve stores multiple doses of a substance therein and includes an outlet for dispensing multiple doses of the stored substance therethrough. A compression surface is movable between first and second positions and defines a compression chamber between the compression surface and the first valve. Movement of the compression surface in a direction from the first position toward the second position dispenses substance in the compression chamber through the first valve and out of the syringe. Movement of the compression surface in a direction from the second position toward the first position causes substance to flow from the storage chamber through the second valve and into the compression chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel Py
  • Patent number: 8486501
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a plastic ampule capable of suppressing volatilization and scattering of a drug solution and elution of plastic compounding ingredients into the drug solution, as well as suppressing whisker formation and deformation and damage of an opening when the plastic ampule is opened. A plastic ampule 10 according to the present invention includes a drug solution storage part 11 for storing a drug solution, a drug solution discharge tube 12 in communication with the drug solution storage part 11 and extending toward one side, and a top part 13 closing an end at the one side of the drug solution discharge tube 12, and the drug solution discharge tube 12 includes a fragile part 14 formed to have a thin thickness along a circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuki Manabe, Tadaaki Inoue, Hideshi Okamoto, Keiichi Kawakami, Koichi Takeda
  • Patent number: 8480651
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a cannula useful for introducing a thermally responsive polymer in situ. In embodiments, the cannula possesses more than one cannula, with the thermally responsive polymer introduced in one cannula, and a material such as a coolant in a second cannula which prevents premature gelling of the thermally responsive polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Ferass Abuzaina, Ahmad Robert Hadba
  • Publication number: 20130116617
    Abstract: In one aspect of the invention, a needle assembly is provided, including: a body having a proximal end, a distal end, and a channel located therebetween, the body being configured to be mounted to an injector; a needle fixed to the body, the needle having proximal and distal ends, the distal end extending distally from the distal end of the body and being formed for insertion into a patient, the proximal end of the needle being in communication with the channel; and, a filter disposed in the channel proximally of the proximal end of the needle. Advantageously, a needle assembly is provided which permits mixing of at least two substances in preparation for injection, without modification to the associated injector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: BECTON, DICKINSON AND COMPANY
    Inventors: Frank Martin, Richard J. Klug, M. Ishaq Haider
  • Publication number: 20130102972
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cartridge holder for a drug delivery device and to a corresponding drug delivery device, wherein the cartridge holder comprises: a proximal portion (36) for receiving a cartridge (12) filled with a medicinal fluid to be dispensed by the drug delivery device, a distal portion (34) comprising a mount for a piercing assembly (24, 25, 30), wherein the piercing assembly is adapted to provide a fluid-transferring connection with the inner volume of the cartridge (12) by way of a piercing element (30) pointing in distal direction with a pointed free end section; and retaining means (40; 42; 44) adapted to substantially prevent the cartridge (12) from displacing in proximal direction with respect to the proximal portion (36) and/or distal portion (34).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Jugl, Axel Teucher, Kerstine Hemmann
  • Patent number: 8414541
    Abstract: An actuating mechanism for a hypodermic syringe comprises a flexible tongue (48) allowing the actuating mechanism to be bent to receive a cartridge (10) of injectant closed at its forward end with a septum (14) and at its rearward end with a slidable bung (18). The forward end of the cartridge (10) is fitted into a socket (36) wherein the tail (34a) of a hypodermic needle (34) pierces the septum (14) to access the injectant. With the cartridge (10) fitted, the tongue (48) is straightened, and a spring clip (50) holds the cartridge (10) in position. A plunger (38) can then be depressed, though a guide (42), to drive the bung (18) forward and make the injection. The cartridge (10), which may be a conventional cartridge of any kind, keeps the assembly rigid in use, and the whole assembly is disposed of after a single use, without dismantling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Leonard Morris Spofforth
  • Patent number: 8377029
    Abstract: A drug solution filling plastic ampoule having gas, steam and light ray barrier properties, a drug permeation preventing capability and an absorption/adsorption preventing capability, and a production method for the plastic ampoule. The drug solution filling plastic ampoule includes a container body, a fusion-bonded portion which seals a mouth of the container body, and a wrench-off holder tab connected to the fusion-bonded portion. The ampoule is formed from a parison including two or more layers, at least one of which is a functional layer having at least one characteristic property selected from the group consisting of a gas permeation preventing capability, a steam permeation preventing capability, a light ray permeation preventing capability, a drug permeation preventing capability and a drug absorption/adsorption preventing capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Katsuyoshi Nagao, Hideshi Okamoto, Masamitsu Izumi, Keiichi Kawakami, Fujio Inoue
  • Patent number: 8377009
    Abstract: Intranasal delivery devices include dosage forms containing medical compositions for use in the intranasal devices, and methods of delivering medical compositions to the nasal mucosa of users. The devices dispense a predetermined quantity of fluid into the nasal passage of a user, in which the predetermined quantity of fluid is contained in, or produced in a dosage form or blister that is crushed by a plunger with sufficient force to drive the dosage form against a piercing mechanism, piercing the dosage form and forcing the liquid contents from the dosage form and through a delivery channel into a spray to be directed into the nasal passage of a user. The plunger is connected to a trigger device by a linkage that confers a mechanical advantage to the trigger mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Mystic Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy R. Sullivan, Jeffrey Nelson, Allen Brandenburg
  • Publication number: 20130035666
    Abstract: An elastomeric stopper that can be partially inserted in a rear opening of a glass carpule and that also serves, when fully inserted in the carpule, as a plunger for forcing fluid inside the carpule out through a front opening thereof. The stopper has a thin central portion at its front end that can be readily pierced by a pointed hollow rod of a syringe. When the hollow rod is removed, the elastomeric material of the thin central portion will “seal itself” around the puncture hole. The stopper also has a retractable lip at its rear end that allows the entirety of the stopper to be pushed down and into a fluid-containing glass carpule, thereby acting as a plunger and ejecting fluid from the front opening of the carpule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: SYNCHROJET LLC
    Inventors: Steven Schulhof, Bruce Freund, Mark Foyil
  • Patent number: 8366674
    Abstract: Apparatus for accessing a bodily passageway, the apparatus comprising: a flexible tube having a distal end and a proximal end, a longitudinal axis extending between the distal end and the proximal end, and a lumen extending from the distal end to the proximal end, the lumen being sized to receive matter to be transported through the bodily passageway; and an external thread disposed over the distal end of the tube, the external thread having a sufficient structural integrity, and a sufficient surface profile, such that when the tube is disposed in a bodily passageway, rotation of the tube about the longitudinal axis will result in longitudinal motion of the tube along said bodily passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Endo Technology America Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Frassica, Robert E. Ailinger
  • Patent number: 8366666
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to equalizing pressure in a reservoir containing fluidic media, possibly due to imperfect installation of the reservoir or an external influence such as an altitude or a temperature change. In various embodiments, fluidic media may be expelled from the reservoir through a needle and contained in an interior volume of a pierceable member before the needle pierces the pierceable member to establish a flow path to a user. In other embodiments, fluidic media may be expelled through a port of the reservoir into a chamber. In further embodiments, fluidic media may be expelled through a channel in a plunger head and out a passage in the reservoir when the channel and passage are aligned. In other embodiments, fluidic media may be expelled through a valve, and the valve may be pierceable by a needle to establish a flow path to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin A. Chong, Julian D. Kavazov, Eric M. Lorenzen
  • Patent number: 8348895
    Abstract: The tamper evident cap assembly is structured for protective connection to a syringe of the type having a nozzle and a discharge port, wherein the cap assembly includes a body configured to receive and access to the nozzle. A flow restricting member is connected to the body to at least initially define a one piece construction. The flow restricting member is disposed in flow restricting relation to the discharge port of the nozzle. An attachment assembly interconnects the body and the flow restricting member and is structured, such as by being frangible to facilitate detachment of the body from the flow restricting member upon the body being removed from the syringe. A connecting assembly is structured for a snap-fit connection to the nozzle and retains the flow restricting member thereon upon removal of the body from the syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Medical Device Engineering, LLC.
    Inventor: Jonathan Vitello