Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.

Patents

  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS20040256277 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/871,182
Publication dateDec 23, 2004
Filing dateJun 18, 2004
Priority dateJun 19, 2003
Publication number10871182, 871182, US 2004/0256277 A1, US 2004/256277 A1, US 20040256277 A1, US 20040256277A1, US 2004256277 A1, US 2004256277A1, US-A1-20040256277, US-A1-2004256277, US2004/0256277A1, US2004/256277A1, US20040256277 A1, US20040256277A1, US2004256277 A1, US2004256277A1
InventorsSorgio Gedanke
Original AssigneeSorgio Gedanke
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Child resistant package structure
US 20040256277 A1
Abstract
A child resistant package is provided for dispensing a plurality of products. The package includes a blister pack for retaining the product. The blister pack includes a plurality of spaced recesses each of which is adapted to receive a different one of the products, and a film covering the recesses. A base including an exit opening is provided, being moveably mounted relative to the base so as to align each of the recesses, in turn, with the exit opening in the base to permit the product in the aligned recess to be dispensed through the exit opening when external force is applied to cause the product to break the film. A mechanism is provided for locking the blister pack to prevent it from moving relative to the base.
Images(4)
Previous page
Next page
Claims(12)
1. A structural package which prevents ordinary thermoformed drug packaging to be tampered, crushed and violated in any form.
2. A structural package according to claim 1 wherein said includes child-resistant locking and release mechanisms.
3. A structural package according to claim 1 wherein said has appropriate geometry to accommodate various dimensions (actual prototype dimensions 1.75″×5.00″) and still retain its child-resistant properties.
4. A structural package according to claim 1 wherein said which has a mechanism which allows securing and releasing the primary package (blister) based on adult's cognitive abilities, tactile and color indicators.
5. A structural package according to claim 1 wherein said which its outer shell can be molded in a single part or in two halves.
6. A structural package according to claim 1 wherein said which has is permanently sealed around primary packaging group and do not allow separation of the same from the protective structure by any means.
7. A structural package according to claim 1 wherein said which has dedicated areas for labeled graphic communications application using any form of printing, stenciled, molded or glued processes.
8. A child resistant package for dispensing a plurality of products comprising: means for retaining the product, said retaining means comprising a plurality of spaced recesses each of which is adapted to receive a different one of said products and a film covering said recesses, base means comprising an exit opening, said retaining means being moveably mounted relative to said base means so as to align each of said recesses, in turn, with said exit opening in said base to permit the product in the aligned recess to be dispensed through said exit opening when external force is applied to cause the product to break said film, and means for locking said retaining means to prevent said retaining means from moving relative to said base.
9. The package of claim 8 further comprising a member connected to said base comprising a flexible element aligned with and spaced from said exit opening to transfer external force to the product in the recess aligned with said exit opening to cause the product to be dispensed through said exit opening.
10. The package of claim 8 wherein said locking means comprises latch means mounted on said base and normally engaging said retaining means to prevent said retaining means from moving relative to said base and means for causing said latch means to disengage said retaining means such that said retaining means can be moved relative to said base.
11. The package of claim 9 wherein said latch means comprises trigger means for causing said locking means to disengage said retaining means.
12. The package of claim 10 further comprising clip means for positioning said retaining means on said trigger means.
Description
  • [0001]
    This application claims priority from U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/480,108 filed Jun. 19, 2003.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0002]
    This invention relates to a child-resistant packaging structure that allows modified blister-packs to be sealed, used and stored with safety. This invention incorporates locking and release mechanisms which rely on cognitive ability in adults and seniors. These mechanisms improve overall packaging safety against misuse by an infant, do not produce loose parts during drug access and provide superior communications with possibilities for adaptation in many drug-related categories.
  • [0003]
    Many blister packs available in the market do not provide a convenient child-proof way to access the contents of the packaging. This holds true for both solid and liquid products. Most of the previous systems or packages rely on the strength of the material used in the packaging. Others rely on disposable sections which contain safety weaknesses increasing the chance of danger to a child. Such dangers may include choking on small parts or being cut by torn foil. In addition, elderly individuals are the great number of consumers in this category and therefore child-proof systems that rely on force and not cognitive ability are doomed to fail in a senior's hand.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0004]
    In view of the above, it is a general object of the present invention to provide effective child-resistant features that use cognitive skills for removing a product from a package.
  • [0005]
    It is a further object of the invention to provide additional structural integrity that allows improved primary package tampering and crush protection.
  • [0006]
    It is another object of the invention to provide enhancements to current product packages thermo-formed blister, that work in conjunction with and can facilitate product access by adults and seniors and are inoperable by infants and young children.
  • [0007]
    Accordingly, the present invention lies in the provision of an outer rigid shell that has a specific internal geometry allowing movement of parts based on locking and unlocking on a dedicated component.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0008]
    [0008]FIG. 1 is an exploded view of the preferred embodiment of the present invention;
  • [0009]
    [0009]FIG. 2 is a top plan view of the preferred embodiment of the present invention;
  • [0010]
    [0010]FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the preferred embodiment of the present invention showing it during use.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0011]
    Referring to the drawings, the rigid shell can be formed from two pieces (FIG. 1—Components “1” and “2”) or be molded in one piece using an integral hinge. Prior to permanently closing and sealing components “1” and “2”, the locking interface (FIG. 1—Component “3”) is secured by fitting hole “F” of the locking interface “3” onto tab “H” of the lower component “2”. Component “4” is a clip which clips to a trigger mechanism “3” thereby locking the blister pack “5” to the trigger mechanism. Component “4” can be molded in various materials and may be molded independently or as a part of the blister pack “5” (thermoformed blister). When molded as an independent part, component “4” must be permanently attached to blister pack “5”. Triggers “G” of part “3” are used as the trigger which when squeezed towards each other move tabs “D” inward and release the hooks “C” from tabs “D” thus allowing the blister pack “5” to slide within the channel formed between the upper and lower component.
  • [0012]
    Pre-packaged or pre-sealed blister packs “5” (thermoformed or injection molded material), contents “6” (solid, powder or liquid medicine), and sealant film “7” (foil, plastic or other) are positioned and inserted by matching the side-to-side symmetric guides (FIG. 1—detail “M”) within the raised channeled walls of lower component “2”. After all components are inserted, component “1” is then sealed using various potential technologies that provides a permanent trapping of the drug's primary packaging, blister pack “5”.
  • [0013]
    [0013]FIG. 2 shows the package assembled from the top view. Once sealed, the assembled structure provides hollow areas which are used for consumer visual, tactile and safety mechanisms interactions. As described above, triggers “G” serves as the main interaction for the blister group release (group=“4”,“5”,“6”, and “7” assembled). Spring “E” is used to apply an outward pressure to tabs “D” and when in a rest position, lock clips “C” to tabs “D”.
  • [0014]
    Once released by pressing both triggers “G”, the blister group slides by pulling on tab “N” of the blister group. This action is illustrated in FIG. 3.
  • [0015]
    The blister group travel is limited and secured by two structural components, bridge “A” and retention tabs “J” and “I”. The bridge “A” reinforces the structure at the channel opening and prevents the blister pack from being folded along its longitudinal axis. Such folding may cause the blister pack to be removed from the channel. Bridge “A” also serves as an additional aid to force the package content to be expelled from blister. This is accomplished by pressing the center portion of the bridge “A” until it breaks the sealing foil “7” on the underside of the group. The contents “6” of the blister pack are expelled through window “L” (FIG. 1).
  • [0016]
    Graphic communications and label warnings can be applied to both the lower and upper components the assembly. Label “O” can carry warnings as well as instructions on drug regimen. Communications can also be enhanced by applying distinct and contrasting colors to each of the components.
  • [0017]
    This overall object of this invention is not tied to any particular dimensional requirement; therefore, this invention may be adapted to fit a variety of products. Specifically, portions of this invention can grow in size in order to accommodate distinct drug regimen and drug dimensional requirements, etc.
  • [0018]
    While the invention has been described as having a preferred design, it is understood that it is capable of further modification, uses and/or adaptations of the invention following in general principle of the invention and including such departures from the present disclosure as come within known or customary practice in the art to which the invention pertains, as may be applied to the central figures hereinabove set forth and fall within the scope of the invention of the limits of the appended claims.
Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US4192422 *Jun 29, 1978Mar 11, 1980Primary Design Group, Inc.Pill package
US6401926 *Aug 4, 2000Jun 11, 2002Pfizer Inc.Child-resistant blister package
US6409020 *Aug 4, 2000Jun 25, 2002Pfizer Inc.Child-resistant blister package
US6789677 *Dec 2, 2002Sep 14, 2004West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.Child-resistant container
US20040035876 *Aug 21, 2003Feb 26, 2004Pfizer IncApparatus for dispensing articles
US20040188313 *Feb 5, 2004Sep 30, 2004Tedham Martin JohnDispenser
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US7549541Jul 26, 2005Jun 23, 2009Rexam Closure Systems Inc.Child-resistant compact for blister card products
US7581642Jan 4, 2007Sep 1, 2009Anderson Packaging, Inc.Child-resistant, senior-friendly unit dose container
US7607538 *Aug 27, 2007Oct 27, 2009Schering-Plough Healthcare Products, Inc.Container for transporting a blister package
US7617935Jan 10, 2008Nov 17, 2009Anderson Packaging, Inc.Reusable child-resistant, senior friendly unit dose container
US7690173 *Apr 25, 2007Apr 6, 2010Edge Medical, Inc.Multiple prescription production facility
US7798329 *Jan 3, 2008Sep 21, 2010Meadwestvaco CorporationInsert package
US7806270Aug 16, 2007Oct 5, 2010Anderson Packaging, Inc.Child-resistant, senior-friendly unit dose container
US7959005 *Feb 22, 2008Jun 14, 2011Robert Bosch GmbhBlister arrangement and cardboard blank therefor
US8123036 *Sep 30, 2005Feb 28, 2012Edge Medical Properties, LlcPill assembly for pill packaging and delivery systems
US8146747Apr 15, 2009Apr 3, 2012Edge Medical Properties, LlcTablet dispensing container
US8365916 *Oct 30, 2008Feb 5, 2013Meadwestvaco CorporationContainers and packages with improved interior structures
US8672130 *Jun 23, 2010Mar 18, 2014Kraft Foods Global Brands LlcBlister package having partially exposed blister tray
US8672134 *Mar 31, 2009Mar 18, 2014Merck Serono SaChild-resistant medication container
US8712582Oct 1, 2010Apr 29, 2014Edge Medical Properties, LlcSystem and method for combining different tablets into a pouch
US8713897Aug 3, 2012May 6, 2014Edge Medical Properties, LlcMethod and system for verifying a filled prescription order
US8777012Dec 4, 2009Jul 15, 2014Edge Medical Properties, LlcSystem and method for processing a multiple tablet order
US8789700Jan 7, 2010Jul 29, 2014Edge Medical Properties, LlcSystem and method for communicating and inspecting a multiple tablet order
US8914298Oct 1, 2010Dec 16, 2014Edge Medical Properties, LlcSystem and method for integrated verification and assembly of multi-script pouches into a housing container
US8931241Jan 29, 2010Jan 13, 2015Edge Medical Properties, LlcSystem and method for assembling a multiple prescription package
US8972288Dec 6, 2011Mar 3, 2015Edge Medical Properties, LlcSystem and method for online matrix-based dosage scheduling
US9015058Dec 6, 2011Apr 21, 2015Edge Medical Properties, LlcMatrix based dosage scheduling
US9141764Nov 12, 2010Sep 22, 2015Edge Medical Properties, LlcSystem and method for online integrated multiple tablet ordering
US9238518May 16, 2012Jan 19, 2016Edge Medical Properties, LlcInspection system and method with a control process that inspects different medications
US9245304Apr 15, 2009Jan 26, 2016Edge Medical Properties, LlcManufacturing separable pouches with a center cut blade
US9334096May 16, 2012May 10, 2016Edge Medical Properties, LlcMultiple inspection system and method that inspects different medications
US9428314Jan 24, 2012Aug 30, 2016Edge Medical Properties, LlcPill assembly for pill packaging and delivery systems
US9454788Jan 8, 2010Sep 27, 2016Edge Medical Properties, LlcSystem and method for placing a multiple tablet order online
US9710866Apr 25, 2007Jul 18, 2017Edge Medical, LlcSystem and method for processing a multiple prescription order
US20060086640 *Sep 30, 2005Apr 27, 2006Luciano Robert A JrPill assembly for pill packaging and delivery systems
US20070023317 *Jul 26, 2005Feb 1, 2007Owens-Illinois Closure Inc.Child-resistant compact for blister card products
US20070235368 *Jan 4, 2007Oct 11, 2007Anderson Packaging, Inc.Child-Resistant, Senior-Friendly Unit Dose Container
US20070270998 *Apr 25, 2007Nov 22, 2007Luciano Robert A JrMultiple prescription production facility
US20080164259 *Jan 4, 2007Jul 10, 2008Coe Matthew TContainer useful for holding multiple articles of manufacture
US20080257773 *Jan 3, 2008Oct 23, 2008Gelardi John AInsert Package
US20090045096 *Aug 16, 2007Feb 19, 2009Anderson Packaging, Inc.Child-Resistant, Senior-Friendly Unit Dose Container
US20090057189 *Aug 27, 2007Mar 5, 2009Schering-Plough Healthcare Products, Inc.Container for transporting a blister package
US20090065506 *Sep 7, 2006Mar 12, 2009Astrazeneca AbHolding Device for a Blister Pack and a Method for Opening a Blister
US20090178948 *Jan 10, 2008Jul 16, 2009Anderson Packaging, Inc.Reusable Child-Resistant, Senior Friendly Unit Dose Container
US20090184022 *Jan 16, 2009Jul 23, 2009One World Design And Manufacturing Group, Ltd.Child resistant container for housing a blister card
US20090255842 *Apr 9, 2008Oct 15, 2009Rexam Closure Systems Inc.Child-resistant compact for blister card products
US20090301924 *Jun 9, 2008Dec 10, 2009Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging Inc.Child resistant blister package
US20100140132 *Feb 22, 2008Jun 10, 2010Nancy BergBlister arrangement and cardboard blank therefor
US20100236973 *Jan 18, 2007Sep 23, 2010Alk-Abello A/SContainer For a Blister Package
US20100243509 *Oct 30, 2008Sep 30, 2010Meadwestvaco CorporationContainers and packages with improved interior structures
US20110011765 *Mar 31, 2009Jan 20, 2011Gelardi John ALocking assembly for use in lockable containers
US20110067363 *Mar 31, 2009Mar 24, 2011Merck Serono SaChild-resistant medication container
US20120152786 *Jun 23, 2010Jun 21, 2012Kraft Foods Global Brands LlcBlister package having partially exposed blister tray
US20120160726 *Sep 23, 2010Jun 28, 2012Meadwestvaco CorporationMulti-pack traveler component package insert
US20120261275 *Nov 5, 2010Oct 18, 2012Derek IntiniChild resistant package with floating panel
US20120267261 *Dec 16, 2010Oct 25, 2012Meadwestvaco CorporationChild resistant packaging system
US20130008818 *Jun 12, 2012Jan 10, 2013Alk-Abello A/SContainer for a blister package
DE102007015090A1 *Mar 29, 2007Oct 2, 2008Robert Bosch GmbhBlisteranordnung sowie Kartonzuschnitt hierfür
WO2008061026A2 *Nov 9, 2007May 22, 2008Meadwestvaco CorporationBlister pack container
WO2008061026A3 *Nov 9, 2007Nov 13, 2008Meadwestvaco CorpBlister pack container
WO2009125267A1 *Mar 31, 2009Oct 15, 2009Merck Serono SaChild-resistant medication container
WO2011041543A1 *Sep 30, 2010Apr 7, 2011Meadwestvaco CorporationPackage for pharmaceutical products with means for allowing internal bar codes to be scanned
WO2017153924A1Mar 8, 2017Sep 14, 2017Abbott Healthcare Pvt. Ltd.Apparatus for maintaining and facilitating access to blister-packs
Classifications
U.S. Classification206/538, 206/528
International ClassificationB65D83/04
Cooperative ClassificationB65D83/0463, B65D2215/02
European ClassificationB65D83/04C2