Means For Metering Amount Of Content Drawn From Container Patents (Class 604/407)
  • Patent number: 7913720
    Abstract: An automated medication preparation system for preparing a prescribed dosage of medication in a drug delivery device includes a plurality of stations for receiving, handling and processing the drug delivery device so that the prescribed dosage of medication is delivered to the drug delivery device and a transporting device that receives and holds more than one drug delivery device and moves the drug delivery devices in a controlled manner from one station to another station. The system is configured so that two or more separate drug delivery devices can be acted upon at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: FHT, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Tribble, Joel A. Osborne, Abdul Wahid Khan, Morris W. Wallace, Vaibhav Deshpande
  • Patent number: 7900658
    Abstract: An automated medication preparation system for preparing a prescribed dosage of medication in a drug delivery device includes a plurality of stations for receiving, handling and processing the drug delivery device so that the prescribed dosage of medication is delivered to the drug delivery device and a transporting device that receives and holds more than one drug delivery device and moves the drug delivery devices in a controlled manner from one station to another station. The system is configured so that two or more separate drug delivery devices can be acted upon at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: FHT, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel A. Osborne, Dennis Tribble, Abdul Wahid Khan, Morris W. Wallace, Roy A. Hughes, Jayson Lee Bender, Matt Valentine, Dexter Bautista, Jim Shafer
  • Publication number: 20110054436
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for the storage of biologics and other fluid materials while maintaining aseptic conditions. A system may include a storage body providing a reservoir for containing the materials. A cap may couple to the storage body forming a fluid-tight seal. A port may be provided for transferring the materials. A seal, or valve, may be provided within the port. The seal may be configured to close off the reservoir unless acted upon to release the materials through the port. A movable member may make up part of the storage body. The movable member may be configured to change a reservoir volume of the storage body in response to changes in a volume of the materials. The reservoir may become smaller as the materials are released. Multi-dose volumes of fluid materials may be stored for repeated access with reduced risk of contamination and reduction in shelf life.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventors: Jack C. Griffis, III, Minh Vo
  • Publication number: 20110034899
    Abstract: Methods for making an using convenience kits for hazardous drug (liquid) transfer from vials to syringes and target IV connectors. The following methods for making and using are disclosed: (1) Using a conventional plastic bag as a vial and vial adapter enclosing shroud. (2) Using of a flange (i.e. latch arm) free vial adapter which may, therefore, be used for a large variety of vial sizes. (3) Providing a seal about an access hole through which a vial adapter dispensing portion provides a closed fluid dispensing pathway. (4) Using the shrouding bag and an associated elastic band to provide desired stability of a spiked vial. (5) Accessing, measuring and transferring vial contents directly from a vial to a target IV container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Applicant: INTRAVENA, LLC.
    Inventors: Gale H. Thome, JR., Gale H. Thome, Kendall P. Thome
  • Patent number: 7883499
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a vial adaptor for removing liquid contents from a vial includes a piercing member and a bag. The bag can be contained within the piercing member such that the bag is introduced to the vial when the vial adaptor is coupled with the vial. In some embodiments, the bag expands within the vial as liquid is removed from the vial via the adaptor, thereby regulating pressure within the vial. In other embodiments, a vial includes a bag for regulating pressure within the vial as liquid is removed therefrom. In some embodiments, a vial adaptor is coupled with the vial in order to remove the liquid. In some embodiments, as the liquid is removed from the vial via the adaptor, the bag expands within the vial, and in other embodiments, the bag contracts within the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: ICU Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow
  • Publication number: 20110028908
    Abstract: A system for processing cells (and/or other injectate components) includes a container and a plunger adapted to be slidably positioned within the container. The system includes at least one inlet port through which a fluid can enter the system and at least one effluent port through which an effluent can exit the system. The plunger section forms a sealing engagement with the inner wall of the container such that rearward motion of the plunger is adapted to draw fluid into the system via the inlet and forward motion of the plunger is adapted to force effluent out of the system via the effluent port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: MEDRAD, INC.
    Inventors: Arthur E. Uber, III, Mark Trocki, Frederick W. Trombley, III, Kevin P. Cowan
  • Patent number: 7867214
    Abstract: In a peritoneal dialysis embodiment of the present invention, spent dialysate from the patient's peritoneal cavity passes, along a patient loop, through a dialyzer having a membrane that separates waste components from the spent dialysate, wherein the patient loop returns fresh dialysate to the patient's peritoneal cavity. The waste components are carried away in a second regeneration loop to a regeneration unit or sorbent cartridge, which absorbs the waste components. The regeneration unit removes undesirable components in the dialysate that were removed from the patient loop by the dialyzer, for example, excess water (ultrafiltrate or UF), toxins and metabolic wastes. Desirable components can be added to the dialysate by the system, such as glucose and electrolytes. The additives assist in maintaining the proper osmotic gradients in the patient to perform dialysis and provide the necessary compounds to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare S.A.
    Inventors: Robert W. Childers, David S. Brown, Ramesh Wariar, Sujatha Karoor, Shahid Din, Leo Martis, Cody Buchmann, Paul Soltys
  • Publication number: 20110004184
    Abstract: A device for adding a medicine to an infusion solution in an infusion container having a removal opening provided with a seal area. A transfer cap, which has a first hollow spike for piercing the seal area, is connected to the removal opening of the infusion container. A receiving means Dora medicine container is formed at the transfer cap, which has a second hollow spike for piercing a seal at the medicine container. A valve is arranged between the first and second hollow spikes in the transfer cap, where the valve interrupts the connection between the first and second hollow spikes and can be moved into the open position by the action of a force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Proksch, Julian Titze, Helmut Freigang
  • Patent number: 7815621
    Abstract: A system allows for the safe, rapid, efficient recovery of a drug solution from sealed vials. The system is closed so that highly potent compounds can later be recovered and reworked without large investment in further engineering controls. The system includes three main components: a recovery device that holds sealed vials containing a solution, and provides means to access the contents of the vials; a peristaltic pump that pumps solution out of the vials; and a recovery tank that receives the pumped solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Eisai R & D Management Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Brad Mann, Eddie Ballance, Allen Grobin
  • Publication number: 20100198165
    Abstract: Ampoules for dispensing flowable substances and metering systems incorporating the same are described herein. An ampoule for a flowable substance includes an ampoule body comprising an interior space for receiving the flowable substance and an inner circumferential surface having a guide region and a sealing region. A piston may be disposed in the interior space of the ampoule body such that the piston is slidably displaceable along a direction of displacement. The piston includes a one sealing element for forming a seal with the inner circumferential surface in a contact zone on the outer circumference of the sealing element. The sealing element has as first compression state when the contact zone is in the guide region and a second compression state when the contact zone is in the sealing region. A second blocking device prevents movement of the contact zone from the sealing region to the guide region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventors: Ruedi Zihlmann, Ronny-Patric Horisberger, Daniel Fehlmann
  • Patent number: 7744580
    Abstract: A device and a procedure for the extemporaneous preparation of an individual quantity of sterile treatment fluid that may be compressible, in particular a treatment gas, the device comprising a rigid cartridge (3) with an outlet valve, an administration syringe (4) and a filtration-type connection/sterilization device (5, 6). The cartridge (3) simply contains an individual quantity of treatment fluid under pressure, and the cylinder of the syringe (4) is adapted to contain this individual quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Arcadophta
    Inventor: Gerard Reboul
  • Publication number: 20100152657
    Abstract: A medical delivery system comprising a container (202) for accommodation of a medicament and a dosing assembly (204) adapted to be fastened to the container. The medical delivery system comprises a coding mechanism for ensuring that only a predetermined container can be fastened to a predetermined dosing assembly. A container for use in the medical delivery system. A dosing assembly for use in the medical delivery system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventors: Søren Steenfeldt-Jensen, Thomas Pedersen, Michael Ejstrup Hansen
  • Publication number: 20100049157
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a vial adaptor comprises a housing member, a connector configured to couple the adaptor with a vial, and an extractor channel formed in the housing member. The extractor channel is configured to facilitate withdrawal of fluid from the vial when the adaptor is coupled to the vial. In some embodiments, an anti-reflux valve is positioned within the extractor channel. The anti-reflux valve can be configured to impede or obstruct fluid returning to a fluid source after withdrawal of the fluid from the fluid source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas F. Fangrow
  • Publication number: 20100022985
    Abstract: A vial adapter suitable for use in transferring fluid from a vial to a needleless syringe, the vial having a top end sealed with a septum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventors: Rou H. Sullivan, Katie L. Krueger, Joseph A. Levendusky, Timothy C. Wech
  • Publication number: 20100004619
    Abstract: A port assembly includes a valve housing with an inlet opening, a valve disposed in the valve housing to control access through the inlet opening, and a base joined to the valve housing and having a bore therethrough. The bore has a closed end defined by a frangible barrier, and a pushrod is disposed in the bore between the valve and the frangible barrier, axial movement of the pushrod causing rupture of the frangible barrier. The port assembly may be used in a fluid container that includes a receptacle for retaining a fluid, and at least one conduit in communication with the receptacle. The at least one conduit is defined, at least in part, by a port assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Applicants: BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC., BAXTER HEALTHCARE S.A.
    Inventors: GEORGES RONDEAU, Gianni Di Stefani, Eric J. Henaut, Steven C. Jepson, Mark C. Perry, James B. Winje, Richard F. Chamernik
  • Publication number: 20100004618
    Abstract: A port assembly includes a valve housing with an inlet opening, a valve disposed in the valve housing to control access through the inlet opening, and a base having an outlet opening that is initially occluded by a membrane. A pivot is disposed within the base and has a cutting surface disposed within the base, the cutting surface rupturing the membrane at least in part as the pivot is pivoted about an axis between first and second positions. The port assembly may be used in a fluid container that includes a receptacle for retaining a fluid, and at least one conduit in communication with the receptacle. The at least one conduit is defined, at least in part, by the port assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Applicant: BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC. and BAXTER HEALTHCARE S.A., WALLISELLEN
    Inventors: Georges Rondeau, Gianni Di Stefani, Eric J. Henaut
  • Publication number: 20090326506
    Abstract: To provide a drug solution preparing kit which can be handled with ease in a substantially aseptic manner, and has no risk that a leakage of a drug solution such as a splash and a dispersion of an aerosol to an ambient environment occurs upon preparation of the drug solution There is provided a drug solution preparing kit including a pre-filled syringe and a transfusing tool, wherein the pre-filled syringe includes a sealing member which seals the tip end and can not be removed from the tip end, and that the transfusing tool includes a one-way valve which can discharge only gas from the system in an irreversible manner, and a filter which is provided so as to adjoin to the second communication channel with respect to the one-way valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: Nipro Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuru Hasegawa, Atsushi Ishikawa, Suguru Oyagi, Takeshi Ohguro
  • Publication number: 20090299296
    Abstract: A container for receiving liquids with different concentrations of an active substance that is to be administered or dosed, wherein the container includes a hollow body and a displaceable element for expelling the liquid is located for longitudinal movement in the hollow body, and wherein the cross-sectional surface area of the hollow body is inversely proportional to the concentration of the substance, such that, with identical strokes or longitudinal movements of the displaceable element, the discharged amount of active substance remains independent of the concentration of the substance in the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: Wolfram Ragg, Ivan Heutschi, Ulrich Haueter, Thomas Rufer, David Bosshard, Hanspeter Stoller
  • Patent number: 7588562
    Abstract: A fluid collection apparatus is provided that includes a housing configured for receipt of fluid and/or tissue for collecting fluid therefrom. A holder is configured with the housing to receive an evacuated tube. The holder can include a needle hub supporting a needle cannula in fluid communication with a port extending into a fluid well of the housing. A sloped bottom surface of the housing directs fluid to the fluid well. A sidewall extension or support component extends downward beyond the sloped bottom surface to allow the housing to be stood upright on a flat surface. In certain embodiments, the apparatus includes a tubular cavity to provide a recessed location of the needle cannula for preventing accidental needle injuries. An optional cap provides further shielding from needle cannula and safely maintains fluid in housing after use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Mary Jo. A. Toomey, Bradley M. Stewart, Lee C. Burnes, Eugene E. Weilbacher
  • Publication number: 20090198208
    Abstract: A dosage dispenser according to the invention is intended to provide a solution for measuring and dilution of liquid medications and issuing marked and ready for use. The dosage dispenser device carries out actions required for the preparation of a required dose of medication, including identifying ampoules, breaking them, filling a syringe, diluting the medication in a solution, marking the syringe, disposing of waste and documenting the process, all at the patient bedside. The dosage dispenser is aimed at reducing the number of errors in the dosage, which is a problem, menacing medical services throughout the world. The problem is made acute by considerable pressure on the medical teams while carrying out many and complex procedures under pressure in a situation of uncertainty and with variable data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: RESCUE DOSE LTD.
    Inventors: Mor STAVSKY, Gilad Einy
  • Publication number: 20090192459
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for an airless intravenous (IV) bag which contains a specialized device, referred to herein as the airless intravasculature infusion device (AIVID). The AIVID allows one to view the amount of fluid in the IV bag but substantially decreases or completely prohibits the risk of an inadvertent air infusion into a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventor: Jeremy Scott CURRY
  • Publication number: 20090082750
    Abstract: Fluid transfer devices for use with syringes and cartridges having an open ended tube hermetically sealed by a rubber stopper and a slidable seal at opposite leading and trailing ends, respectively. The fluid transfer devices include a syringe port and a cartridge port for correspondingly slidingly receiving a syringe and a cartridge. The cartridge port preferably includes a primary puncturing member and a secondary puncturing member for correspondingly puncturing a cartridge's rubber stopper offset from its center for fluid transfer purposes between a syringe and a cartridge, and venting purposes. The fluid transfer devices are preferably used with stopping devices for preventing ejection of a cartridge's seal during a filling procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: MEDIMOP MEDICAL PROJECTS LTD.
    Inventors: Igor Denenburg, Niv Ben Shalom, Freddy Zinger
  • Patent number: 7487800
    Abstract: Flow restriction to be fitted in a fluid line, consisting of a conduit part that has been produced from plastic by injection moulding and has been provided with a baffle closing the flow cross-section, wherein one or more openings have been made with the aid of a laser treatment. Each of these openings has a diameter of between 1 and 50 ?m. It has been found that, when a large number of openings are used, if one of the openings becomes blocked for whatever reason this has hardly any effect on the total flow cross-sectional surface area. It is consequently possible to determine the flow conditions in the restriction very accurately and very reproducibly and consequently to establish the flow characteristics accurately. Such a flow restriction can be used, for example, in applications for dosing medication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Solvist B.V.
    Inventor: Leonardus Hubertus Maria Lammers
  • Patent number: 7452344
    Abstract: A single-use system for separating blood and producing platelet concentrates includes an elongated container for receiving blood from a patient. The container has a movable plunger mounted within the blood container for expressing blood fractions separated during centrifugation of the container through a first port mounted at one end of said container, a second port mounted on the plunger, and a third port mounted on a plunger rod attached to the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Biomet 3i, LLC
    Inventors: Glen E. Jorgensen, Bruce Berckmans, III
  • Patent number: 7435246
    Abstract: A system for removing or transferring a pharmaceutical product from a reservoir including an ampoule with a moveable piston therein and an adaptor which includes, generally along a longitudinal axis, a reservoir connector and an ampoule connector for coupling to the ampoule, wherein the ampoule connector includes at least one locking mechanism which, in a side wall, includes a resilient element generally corresponding to a portion of the side wall which extends along the periphery thereof and, at opposing ends, merges with the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Disetronic Licensing AG
    Inventor: Rudolf Zihlmann
  • Publication number: 20080228162
    Abstract: A single-use, blow-molded container for medical or pharmaceutical media is presented. The container comprises a flexible storage portion connected to one end a dispensing portion and a cap connected to the other end of the dispensing portion, wherein the cap is separated from the dispensing portion to create an outlet opening so that the medical media can be expelled from the flexible storage portion. One improvement comprises at least one barrier member disposed on the dispensing portion, wherein the barrier member is sized and dimensioned to limit the insertion of the dispensing member into a patient's nostril. Another improvement comprises an orifice controlling the pattern and direction of the medical media as it exits the ampoule container and wherein the orifice is spaced apart from the outlet opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: Medlmmune Vaccines, Inc.
    Inventors: George Trager, Lance Wong
  • Publication number: 20080140046
    Abstract: A therapy module for providing a diagnostic or therapeutic substance combination, including at least two containers adapted to be interconnected for taking up at least one substance, and means or part of a means for supplying a quantity of the at least one substance from one of the containers into another container of the therapy module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: Isotopen Technologien Munchen AG
    Inventors: Oliver Buck, Christoph Ehlers, Tuomo Nikula, Michael Schilp
  • Patent number: 7284580
    Abstract: A bottle neck liner, the liner comprising a sleeve terminating in an inward step, the inward step preventing the barrel of a syringe from protruding past the step when the syringe is inserted into the sleeve. Once the syringe is inserted the bottle may be inverted and liquid may be drawn into the syringe. Additionally, bottles, liquid dispensing apparatus and methods of dispensing liquids, all involving the provision of such a step in the bottle neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Boots Healthcare International Limited
    Inventors: Anne Elizabeth Dallison, Shaun Harrison
  • Patent number: 7168597
    Abstract: A metering valve that includes a valve body defining a metering chamber having an inlet valve adapted to be reversibly actuable from an open position to a closed position located at the inlet, and an outlet valve adapted to be reversibly actuable from a dispensing to a non-dispensing position located at the outlet, where the outlet valve includes an outlet valve seat adapted to be in biasable contact with an outlet valve poppet is described. Aerosol containers and inhalation devices that include such metering valves are also described, as are methods of using such inhalation devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Smithkline Beecham Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Patrick Jones, Gregor John McLennan Anderson, Paul Kenneth Rand
  • Patent number: 7163035
    Abstract: In one exemplary embodiment, an automated medication preparation system including automated syringe preparation that involves reconstitution of the medication is provided. The system includes: an automated device for delivering a prescribed unit dose of medication to the syringe by delivering the medication through the uncapped barrel. One exemplary automated device for delivering a prescribed unit dose of medication to the syringe is in the form of an automated device having a fluid delivery device that is movable in at least one direction. The fluid delivery device is adapted to perform the following operations: (1) receiving and discharging diluent from a diluent supply in a prescribed amount to reconstitute the medication in a drug vial; and (2) aspirating and later discharging reconstituted medication from the drug vial into the syringe. The system further includes a sensor for detecting any foreign matter (e.g., undissolved drug, pieces of septum, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: ForHealth Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Wahid Khan, Abdolhosein Nasiri
  • Patent number: 7163031
    Abstract: An automated bulk dispensing system and a method of use including selectively receiving a predetermined amount of radioactive liquid from a second container into a third container, selectively receiving a predetermined amount of nonradioactive liquid from a first container into a fourth container or directly into the third container depending on whether kits or multi-dose containers of medicine are desired. Preferably, this is for nuclear pharmaceuticals. Displacement mechanisms that are connected to the third container and fourth container are for mixing and dispensing liquid. There is at least one control valve, preferably three control valves, which are each controlled by drive mechanisms. The mixed liquid from the third container can be transferred to a recipient container. There is also a gas vent and bubble detector to eliminate bubbles with a processor that is also utilized to control the displacement mechanisms and the drive mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Graves, Andrew Williams, Andrew M. Schadt, David M. Wong
  • Patent number: 7161488
    Abstract: A method and device for identifying, testing or clearing a prefilled medicinal syringe in which the syringe is inserted into the test device which reads coding on the syringe and has a display as to whether the syringe is appropriate or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Arzneimittel Gmbh Apotheker Vetter & Co. Ravensburg
    Inventor: Eugen Frasch
  • Patent number: 7117902
    Abstract: In one exemplary embodiment, an automated means for storing, dispensing and orienting injectable drug vials for a robotic application is provided and includes a plurality of automated syringe preparation stations is provided. The drug vial stores the medication that is either is either in solid form and thus needs to be reconstituted into the injectable drug or the vial can contain medication that was already been previously reconstituted and is ready for delivery to the syringe. The automated means includes a robotic vial gripper device for holding and transferring one vial from one station to a next station of the robotic application; and a detector that determines whether the vial is in a correct orientation throughout one or more stations of the robotic application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: ForHealth Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel A. Osborne
  • Patent number: 7017622
    Abstract: In one exemplary embodiment, an automated syringe preparation mechanism for an automated medication preparation system is provided and the mechanism includes (1) a first automated gripping mechanism having a pair of adjustable gripper arms for removing a tip cap from a barrel of one syringe and placing the removed tip cap at a first location and (2) a second automated gripping mechanism having a pair of adjustable gripper arms for replacing the removed tip cap on the syringe barrel after the medication is injected therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: ForHealth Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel A. Osborne, William C. Aven, Dennis Tribble
  • Patent number: 7017623
    Abstract: In one exemplary embodiment, an automated medication preparation is provided and typically involves the preparation and dispensing of drug products, whether they are in a bag, a syringe or via some other type of administration vehicle. The system includes: an automated device for delivering a prescribed unit dose of medication to a drug product container from a drug container. A label containing medication information (medication identifying indicia) is disposed about an outer surface, e.g., a circumference, of the drug container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: ForHealth Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Tribble, Joel A. Osborne
  • Patent number: 6915823
    Abstract: In one exemplary embodiment, an automated medication preparation system including automated syringe preparation that involves reconstitution of the medication is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: ForHealth Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel A. Osborne, Dennis Tribble
  • Publication number: 20040138641
    Abstract: A contrast dispensing system (10) including a mating pair of luer connectors (112, 202) to couple a reusable set (100) and a disposable set (200), a mating pair of luer connectors (204, 218) to couple the disposable set (200) to a manifold (16), a pair of luer connectors (230, 232) to couple a control syringe (18) to the manifold (16), and/or a pair of luer connectors (234, 236) to couple the manifold (16) to a patient catheter (238), wherein one or both of the connectors of a pair of coupled connectors (112, 202; 204, 218; 230, 232; 234, 236) is comprised of low surface energy plastic material, such as high density polyethelene, to reduce or eliminate sticking together from expelled (312) contrast media (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2003
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Applicant: Medex, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles R. Patzer
  • Patent number: 6716187
    Abstract: A single-use system for separating blood and producing platelet concentrates includes an elongated container for receiving blood from a patient. The container has a movable plunger mounted within the blood container for expressing blood fractions separated during centrifugation of the container through a first port mounted at one end of said container, a second port mounted on the plunger, and a third port mounted on a plunger rod attached to the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Implant Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen E. Jorgensen, Bruce Berckmans, III
  • Publication number: 20030055395
    Abstract: A needleless access system adapted to be mounted on a vial comprising a generally elongated tubular housing having an interior dividing wall, flexible hooks projecting upwardly from the dividing wall which are diametrically opposed, a pair of confronting splines projecting upwardly from the interior dividing wall, a hub insert having a piercing tip normally supported in an armed position by hook elements, a series of outwardly projecting teeth which engage and are guided in the splines during axial displacement of the hub insert relative to the splined housing, and said hub insert having means for mounting a syringe assembly whereby the hub insert maybe activated axially guided by the splines so that the piercing tip engages the stopper in a vial aligned therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2001
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Inventor: David A. Manera
  • Patent number: 6512839
    Abstract: A method for making a sex determination in avian hatchlings involves the following activities. A process line is equipped to process an endless plurality of hatchlings. The process line has an ultrasound inspection station for the hatchlings. The ultrasound inspection results are analyzed to find the presence of given sex-determinative structure for each hatchling. If the given sex-determinative structure is found then a first category assignment is made. The hatchling is sorted according to its category assignment. The category assignments might number two or three or so including positively-identified one sex, positively-identified other sex, and default to waste for any of various reasons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: Ultra-Hatch, Inc.
    Inventor: L. Taizo Toelken
  • Publication number: 20030014034
    Abstract: In a method for detecting the three-dimensional position of a medical examination instrument introduced into a body region, particularly a catheter introduced into a vessel, and an apparatus for registering radiation images having at least one C-arm system with a C-arm with a radiation source and a radiation detector, a number of two-dimensional angiography projection images of the examination region into which the instrument is to be introduced are registered for later three-dimensional volume reconstruction of the examination region. After introduction of the instrument, at least one two-dimensional projection image pair of the examination region with image planes residing at an angle relative to one another is registered. The spatial coordinates of a selected point of the instrument shown in the projection images in a common coordinate system forming the basis of the exposure of the angiography projection images and the projection images is identified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Inventor: Norbert Strobel
  • Publication number: 20020123735
    Abstract: Disclosed is an infusion pump and a fluid container for expelling a fluid from the fluid container to a patient. The pump comprises a housing having a chamber therein for receiving the fluid reservoir. A first wall is provided on the housing for contacting the fluid reservoir, and a second wall is movable from a first position distanced from the first wall to form the chamber therebetween, and a second position relatively closer to the first wall. Advancing the movable wall from the first position to the second position expels fluid from the collapsible reservoir. Preferably, the first and second walls are provided with non-planar complementary surface configurations for contacting the collapsible reservoir. Retraction mechanisms for retracting the movable wall from the second position to the first position, and user readable indicium of the status of the dispensation cycle are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2001
    Publication date: September 5, 2002
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Rake, Orvil L. Judge, Donald M. Earhart, Charles J. McPhee
  • Publication number: 20020082581
    Abstract: Valve for an aerosol container for dispensing a suspension of a substance in a liquid propellant contained therein. The valve comprises a valve body (1) having at least one orifice (16) to allow a quantity of the suspension to pass from the container into the valve. The valve further comprises a ring (18) disposed around the valve body (1), the ring being positioned below the at least one orifice to reduce the volume of suspension that can be accommodated within the container below the at least one orifice when the container is orientated with the valve at the bottom, the ring having at least one portion of reduced axial thickness to provide a trough (19) around the valve body below the at least one orifice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Inventors: Patrick Di Giovanni, Cheryl Vanessa Rogerson
  • Publication number: 20020004653
    Abstract: A manually operated dispensing device for delivering ophthalmic solution to the surface of an eye in a desired spray pattern with an impact pressure on the eye that is comfortably tolerated by an individual. The device comprises a pressure container having a closed bottom and an open top defining a neck, for accommodating a pressurized gas and a pouch; a sealed pouch, for said ophthalmic solution, made of a barrier material and exhibiting a valve which is integrated with a mounting cup adapted to fit the neck of the container; and an actuator adapted to fit the mounting cup of the sealed pouch, comprising a nozzle member including a cylindrical tube member, adapted to interact with the valve, and an actuator button for activating the interaction between the nozzle member and the valve, in order to accomplish said desired spray pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Publication date: January 10, 2002
    Applicant: Aiolos Medicinsk Teknik AB
    Inventors: Tony Carlsson, Bengt Hedman
  • Patent number: 6336916
    Abstract: A device (100) such as a drip chamber that can be filled to a predetermined level is disclosed. The device comprises a housing (14) and a porous medium (10), wherein the porous medium allows gas to pass therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Assignee: Pall Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Bormann, Vlado I. Matkovich, Gerard R. Delgiacco
  • Publication number: 20010047161
    Abstract: Improvements in a mini-osmotic pump and coating compositions are described. The dispensing pump includes an inner fluid-filled bag encased by an osmotic layer and outer, semi-permeable membrane. The inner bag is formed with an arcuate edge at the open end of the bag to inhibit formation of fissures in the outer membrane in this edge region. The coating compositions include cellulose acetate butyrate, cellulose acetate propionate, and polymethylmethacrylate polymers, optionally mixed with ethyl cellulose in acetone based solvent systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2001
    Publication date: November 29, 2001
    Inventors: Patrick S.L. Wong, Nipun Davar
  • Patent number: 6306113
    Abstract: A reperfusion device for reperfusion of a blood vessel. Blood is withdrawn from a patient and is metered into a first compressible bag. The first bag is connected with a second compressible bag. Compression of the first bag transfers blood from the first bag to the second bag. The second bag is connected with a supply container for metered supply of reperfusion liquid which is mixed with the blood that enters the second bag. The mixture of blood and reperfusion liquid is transferred in a metered amount from the second bag through a reperfusion catheter into a blood vessel by compressing the second bag. The bags are compressed either manually or by a respective pressure cuffs. Hose clamps are provided on the tubing between the bags and on the reperfusion catheter. Meters measure and indicate the flow into and out of each of the bags and through the reperfusion catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Inventor: Friedhelm Beyersdorf
  • Patent number: 6299608
    Abstract: A bottle having a sterility seal and a method for producing same are disclosed. The bottle, which can be configured to retain a medicament in powder or tablet form, features a protective cap configured to engage a transfer assembly associated with the bottle. The cap includes one or more raised ridges on an interior surface engageable with a portion of the transfer assembly. A band or layer configuration of a sealing material such as silicone is applied to the transfer assembly prior to insertion of the cap thereover. As the cap comes into surface contact with the sealing material, the ridges cause the material to “roll up” into a toroidal O-ring configuration, thereby forming a seal between the cap and the bottle adapted to the dimensional variations of those components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France, S.A.
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, Jean-Claude Thibault
  • Patent number: 6251098
    Abstract: Disclosed is an infusion pump and a fluid container for expelling a fluid from the fluid container to a patient. The pump comprises a housing having a chamber therein for receiving the fluid reservoir. A first wall is provided on the housing for contacting the fluid reservoir, and a second wall is movable from a first position distanced from the first wall to form the chamber therebetween, and a second position relatively closer to the first wall. Advancing the movable wall from the first position to the second position expels fluid from the collapsible reservoir. Preferably, the first and second walls are provided with non-planar complementary surface configurations for contacting the collapsible reservoir. Retraction mechanisms for retracting the movable wall from the second position to the first position, and user readable indicium of the status of the dispensation cycle are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: I-Flow, Corp.
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Rake, Orvil L. Judge, Donald M. Earhart, Charles J. McPhee
  • Patent number: 6228047
    Abstract: An automated peritoneal dialysis machine is provided which is capable of selecting and changing the composition of dialysate delivered to a patient in the course of treatment to meet specific physiological needs. The apparatus includes means for metering solutions of osmotic agent, electrolytes and other desired dialysate components from separate solution containers into mixing chamber means for combination in desired proportions. The means for delivery of fresh dialysis fluid to a patient and for removing spent dialysis fluid from the patient includes means for monitoring intraperitoneal pressure and other conditions of the fluid in the peritoneum and electronic control means responsible to the signal of monitoring means for controlling rates of dialysate infusion and removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: 1274515 Ontario Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph E. Dadson