|Publication number||US20060219595 A1|
|Application number||US 11/228,131|
|Publication date||Oct 5, 2006|
|Filing date||Sep 16, 2005|
|Priority date||Aug 20, 2004|
|Also published as||WO2006034123A2, WO2006034123A3|
|Publication number||11228131, 228131, US 2006/0219595 A1, US 2006/219595 A1, US 20060219595 A1, US 20060219595A1, US 2006219595 A1, US 2006219595A1, US-A1-20060219595, US-A1-2006219595, US2006/0219595A1, US2006/219595A1, US20060219595 A1, US20060219595A1, US2006219595 A1, US2006219595A1|
|Original Assignee||Peters Timothy J|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Referenced by (6), Classifications (17)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is a Continuation-In-Part of co-pending U.S. Ser. No. 10/922,590, entitled A System And Method For Patient Medication Regimen Adherence and claims the benefit under 35 U.S.C. 119(e) of U.S. Provisional Application Serial No. 60/610,665, entitled Medication Adherence Package And Method Of Making, filed on Sep. 17, 2004, U.S. Provisional Application Serial No. 60/699,667, entitled Medication Adherence Package, System And Method, filed on Jul. 15, 2005, U.S. Provisional Application Serial No. 60/709,275, entitled Flexible Multi-Pocketed Re-Sealable Package, filed on Aug. 18, 2005, and U.S. Provisional Application Serial No. 60/______, entitled Flexible Multi-Pocketed Re-Sealable Package With Pinch Tab, filed on Sep. 16, 2005.
This invention relates to a packaging system and more particularly a flexible re-sealable packaging system.
There are many types of packaging for medication regimens, medical and surgical supplies, parts and food products. While they are available in a variety of flexible re-sealable types, they provide generally uniform sizes and limited configurations. To package medication regimens, medical and surgical supplies, parts, food products, kits and various other collections of items necessitates the use of a plurality of individual packages. This results in mistakes in packaging the collection as well as the subsequent misplacing of a particular package. While these items can be packaged in a blister like pack, this prevents the items from being resealed, individually accessed as well as does not permit an individual to create their own limited quantity configurations.
Therefore there is a need for a packaging system which is flexible in configuration and re-sealable.
In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package with and a method for making the flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package.
A more complete understanding of the present invention may be obtained from consideration of the following description in conjunction with the drawing, in which:
Although the present invention, flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package is particularly well suited for use with prescription medications and medical supply kits, it is equally well suited for non-prescription, over the counter medications, dietary supplements, medical and surgical supplies, parts, food products, kits and various other collections of items.
The present invention is well suited for a variety of different sizes, and thicknesses with a large number of industrial and consumer applications that provide users and advantage over current methods and allow user to systematically collect, pre-separate, and allot, and/or distribute materials/supplies for daily supply/use.
Hospitals and medical centers can use this packaging to prepare steam autoclaved sterilization of medical instruments. Design allows users to prepare, view, and separate contents by medical procedures/floor etc. Physical Therapy Centers will use this package to prepare Gel Wraps for specific joints, store in the freezer and distribute to various centers.
Forensic departments will use this package to collect specimens from crime scenes, group specimens by room, office etc and separate contents by lab. Other uses include field sampling of biological materials.
Consumers can use it to package meals, while keeping some items separate, such as a wet cut tomato, pickles, etc.
Reference should now be made to the drawing figures, on which similar or identical elements are given consistent identifying numerals throughout the various figures thereof.
The double-sided flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package with visual feedback and information 10 is made from a flexible sheet material such a thermoplastic material (polyethylene, polypropylene, etc.) as well as other suitable flexible sheet material. The flexible sheet material can be coated or may contain a material to resist UV radiation and other light bandwidths thus enabling the packaging of medication sensitive to light. The flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package 10 has a front-side 12 and a backside 14. Sealable edges 16 and 18 have zipper sliders 20 and 22 which close and open reclosable fasteners 24 and 26. The reclosable fasteners 24 and 26 comprise strips having separably interlockable complementary resilient plastic profiles and lateral pull flanges of greater thickness than the sheet material. Opposite sides of the strips are generally aligned with its profiles. Various reclosable fasteners 24 and 26 are known to those skilled in the art for providing reclosable bags. The reclosable fasteners 24 and 26 comprise strips on the inner facing surface walls which have co acting releasable interlocking rib and groove elements which join to close by the application of a pressing force, and which can be opened by forcibly drawing the elements apart. The sealable edges 16 and 18 are shown with optional zipper sliders 20 and 22. Fusing the front-side 12 to the backside 14 generally parallel to the sealable edges 16 and 18 at approximately the mid-section creates fusion line 28 which divides the flexible sheet material into two pockets. Fusing the front-side 12 to the back-side 14 generally perpendicular to the sealable edges 16 and 18 at six approximately equally spaced intervals creates fusion lines 30 which further divides the flexible sheet material into seven upper pockets 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42 & 44 and seven lower pockets 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62 & 64. The seven upper pockets 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42 & 44 have a writable area 66 as well as indicia 78. The seven lower pockets 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62 & 64 have a writable area 66 as well as indicia 80. The indicia 78 can identify morning medications with a symbol of the sun as well as identify the individual days of the week Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The indicia 80 can identify evening medications with a symbol of the moon as well as identify the individual days of the week Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Writable areas 66 can be used for further identification such as time, requirements (with food, water, etc.)
The backside 14 of the flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package 10 has a storage pouch 50 which is formed by fusing the flexible sheet material along two or three edges creating fusion lines 46. The storage pouch 50 has one or two open edges 48. Indicia 68 is printed or attached to the storage pouch 50. The indicia 68 can be used to provide advertisements, information about the item, as well as other appropriate material. A writable area 70 enables identification to be included.
The storage pouch 50 permits medication regimen schedules and physician contact information to be included, enables storage of prescriptions, as well as related information.
By perforating along the fusion lines 30 and perforating or cutting a notch or slot in sealable edges 16 and 18 the multi-pocketed re-sealable package 10 can be easily folded and/or rolled for compact storage. Furthermore, the notch or slot in sealable edges 16 and 18 simplifies and controls the opening and closing of the sealable edges 16 and 18 such that each of the seven upper pockets 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42 & 44 and each of the seven lower pockets 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62 & 64 may be individually controlled.
Unlike rigid storage pillboxes, the present invention flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package 10 provides moisture and airtight seal which minimizes the exposure of the medications to moisture. The flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package 10 can be rolled and easily tucked into a jacket pocket, purse, brief case, etc. By being able to see at least partially through the front-side 12 of the flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package 10, visual adherence feedback is immediately and continually provided, not requiring the patient to keep track of when and if they took their medication.
By using a series of four flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable packages 10 which are identified Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4 a patient can have their medication regimen organized for a month at a time. This assists the patient in identifying when refills are needed in advance enabling the patient to have the pharmacy fill the prescriptions as well as contact the physician(s) for renewals as necessary.
The flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package 10 can be used to distribute physician starter samples of a medication, with promotional material printed on the package.
A pharmacy can provide the patient with an empty flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package 10 and the visual adherence aid sheet 100. Alternatively, the pharmacy can fill the first week of medication in the empty flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package 10 for the patient, or even fill a set of flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable packages 10 for a four-week period for the patient.
While the present invention flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package 10 are shown with a 7 day twice daily configuration, it is equally well suited for other configurations including for medication regimens which are more frequent that twice a day.
The two continuous strips (rolls) of flexible sheet material are thermally or ultrasonically fused creating fusion lines 406, 408 by rolling, pressing, stamping etc. thus forming a continuous strip which has re-sealable double-sided multiple pockets. In order that the double-sided multi-pocketed re-sealable package can be easily folded and/or rolled for compact storage, the fused flexible sheet material is punched, stamped or notched through the re-closable fasteners in a “U” or “V” shape 410, 412 and the middle horizontal and vertical fusion lines are punched or stamped with a “+” shape 414. This particular shape (cutout) could equally well be four circles, ovals, etc. which interrupt fusion lines 406 and 408. This encourages easy folding along the axis that is defined by the openings, such that the multiple pockets may be accordion folded and the top & bottom halves may be folded together this resembling a small wallet like shape. The particular shapes are illustrative as it should be known that other suitable geometrical shapes and sizes can be used as well.
A security tear off seal can be used to provide a tamper resistant package permitting the flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package to be filled with starter medications, sample medications, or even as a new distribution packaging for medications.
This embodiment and other embodiments may be prepackaged with medication or may be empty. When the double-sided flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package is provided empty, it may be filled by a pharmacy, a user, a doctor, as well as a dispensary such as in a hospital, acute care facility or nursing home. When combined with bar code identifications, such as on each pocket which can be printed at the time of filling, a bar code reader can be used such as at a bedside to scan the medication identification as it is given as well as used to correctly identify which medication is due. RFID technology may also be employed for various tracking applications.
This allows the reduction in missed medications, incorrect administration as well as other medication errors. Thus when coupled to automated medical facilities it can greatly reduce errors and associated liability. This also allow for easy post release dosing of the patient.
A method of filling the flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package wherein the pockets are opened to a squashed cup shape for simple rapid sequential or simultaneous filling is also provided.
When the flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package is preloaded security tamper protection and environmental control is provided by an outer envelop. The flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package has UV Protection within the plastic material.
Numerous modifications and alternative embodiments of the invention will be apparent to those skilled in the art in view of the foregoing description. The double-sided flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package can be designed to easily fold in half enabling both the upper and lower pockets to be filled at the same time. An end seal can be included permitting the flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package to be stored in a rolled up configuration. The pocket interior surfaces can be lightly textured to reduce the sticking of medications to their surface. The RFID can incorporate a means for activating a beep when it is time for the medication to be dispensed. A flap over the top of the seventh pocket can be used to hold a medical chart and/or prescribing information, etc. Finger grips or numbs can be include on the flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package to allow ease of opening. A pocket flap can be included which allows the flexible multi-pocketed re-sealable package system after filled and folded to be contained by the pocket for easy carrying and storage. Accordingly, this description is to be construed as illustrative only and is for the purpose of teaching those skilled in the art the best mode of carrying out the invention. The flexible sheet material may be fused thermally, ultrasonically, chemically or by other suitable means. The pockets can include a gusset near the center of the package so that the medication is not pinched in the bottom of the pocket. The zipper slider can have an extended pull, which is swiveled to be positioned over the next day's regimen dose. Details of the structure may be varied substantially without departing from the spirit of the invention and the exclusive use of all modifications, which will come within the scope of the appended claims, is reserved.
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|U.S. Classification||206/534, 206/459.5, 206/538|
|International Classification||B65D85/00, B65D83/04|
|Cooperative Classification||B65D31/12, A61J7/04, B65D33/2558, B65D33/004, B65D33/2591, B65D33/2508|
|European Classification||B65D33/00E, B65D31/12, B65D33/25A, A61J7/04, B65D33/25C, B65D33/25A3C|