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S P. AND J. B. P. MARUNY. PACKAGE FOR CONTAINERS OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS AND THE LIKE- APPLICATION FlLED AUG-6,1920. 1 3 1 481 Patented June 14, 1921.
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To all whom/it may concern:
MARUNY and JUAN BAUTISTA PAcr'zsMA- RUNY, subjects of the King of Spain, residing at Barcelona, Spain, have invented new and useful Improvements in Packages for Containers of Pharmaceutical Products and the like, of which the following is a specification.
Our inventionrelates to packages for containers of pharmaceutical:products and the like, particularly containers forliquids for injection, which are generally formed with a tubular portion and withsealed' stems extending therefrom, and the particular ob ect of 'our invention is to provide means for packing these containers in a package containing a number of them such that the removal of each particular container from the package shall be definitely and surely indicated, in order that substitutions of other containers for those originally packed may nottake place without such substitution or replacement being apparent.
Our invention consists in the construction, combination and arrangement of parts described and claimed in the specification and illustrated in the accompanying drawings. In the drawings, which show preferred embodiments of the invention, similar reference characters designate corresponding parts, and
Figure 1 shows a package in perspective view, with parts broken away, for use with tubes having stems at one end only; and
Fig. 2 shows, in perspective vlew, a package containing tubes having stems at both ends.
Referring to the drawings, the package itself may consist of a box C with a cover K and a number of partitions D secured therein and arranged to eliminate material sidewise movement of the tubes A. The tubes A are arranged between the partitions D with their stems B inserted in a band F, preferably paper, having openings E adapted to receive the stems, this band F being secured in place in the box after the inser-.
tion of the stem portions of the tubes in the openings E. In this way movement of the tubes in other than the one direction necessary to lift them out, is eliminated by the construction of the package, including the bottom, the sides and ends and the partitions, while in order to lift out a tube it Specification of Letters Patent. Patented une 14, 1921, Application filed. August 6, 1920. Serial in. 401,704.
I I is necessary to break the-portion of the band Be it" known that we, SANTIAGO PAciiscorresponding with that' tube. Due to this construction, even after the removal of one or more tubes, the remaining tubes are secured against removal without detection. I/Vhen the tubes to be packed are those having a stem at one end only, we prefer to insert in the box an inclined false bottom so that a single band is sufiicient to prevent the IGIIIOViLlOf any container by inclining itwithout breaking the band. Under the stems there may be arranged packing or wedding G of suitable material to prevent their breakage, which should not, however, be soft enough to permit of the stem being pressed into it and to allow the other end of the tube to be raised above the edge of the box, as this would permit the removal of a tube without breaking the band, and would negative the advantage of the inclined bottom.
As shown in Fig. 2, if the tubes have stems at both ends, the'preferred method of holding them is to supply a band at each end having openings adapted to receive the stems, eliminating the necessity for any packing such as the wadding G preferably used in the case of single stem tubes. In operation, the tubes are arranged with the bands in place over the stems and placed in the box between the partitions. The bands are then firmly secured in the box, preferably by adheslve material, of sufficient strength to prevent their removal without damage. In use a tube is removed by lifting it out, breaking the corresponding portion of the band. Since the construction of the box prevents movement of the tube in any direction but that controlled by the band, even after some of the tubes have been removed, the remaining ones can be taken out only by breaking the corresponding portion of the band, or otherwise mutilating the box. Thus replacement or substitution of tubes can be immediately and surely detected.
Having now described our invention, we claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent:
1. A package for containers of pharmaceutical products and the like, including means for indicating the removal of and preventing substitution for a container, originally packed, comprising a band having openings through which portions of the containers extend secured in the package, and
means to prevent removal of a container other than by breaking a portion of said band.
2. A package for containers of pharma originally packed, comprising a band having openings through which portions of the containers extend secured in the package, and means to prevent movement of the containers in other than one direction, said band being arranged to restrain each container in that direction until broken by removal of such container. -v a 3. A package for containers of pharmaceutical products and the like, including means for indicating the removal of and preventing substitution for a container originallypacked, comprising a band having openings through which portions of the containers extend secured in the package, separating partitions fixed in saidpackage between the containers to prevent sideWise movement thereof, and means to prevent end movement, thereby renderlng said containersii'ndividuallyie removable i onlyion breaking oiportions of said band.
4:. A package for containers of pharmaceutical products and the like, including means for indicating the removal of and preventing substitution for a container originally packed, comprising an inclined bottom arranged in said package, partitions to separate said containers secured insaid package, a band having openings through which stem portions of said containers extend secured in said package, means in said package to prevent endvvise movement of said containers, said inclined bottom being arranged cooperatively with said band and containers to prevent removal of the latter Without breaking the band by liftingwone end thereof.
c In testimony whereof we'have signed our names to this specification. M
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