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Publication numberUS20080000799 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/755,105
Publication dateJan 3, 2008
Filing dateMay 30, 2007
Priority dateJun 30, 2006
Also published asCN101484120A, EP2037862A1, EP2037862A4, WO2008002232A1
Publication number11755105, 755105, US 2008/0000799 A1, US 2008/000799 A1, US 20080000799 A1, US 20080000799A1, US 2008000799 A1, US 2008000799A1, US-A1-20080000799, US-A1-2008000799, US2008/0000799A1, US2008/000799A1, US20080000799 A1, US20080000799A1, US2008000799 A1, US2008000799A1
InventorsLars Arvidsson, Per Frid
Original AssigneeLars Arvidsson, Per Frid
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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US 20080000799 A1
Abstract
The present invention relates to a container for solids or liquids, comprising a hollow body which holds the content, a closure which cooperates with the body to close the container and a compliance aid device arranged on the container for indicating the time at which the last dose was taken or when the next dose is due. The compliance aid comprises a movable first part and a fixed second part provided on the hollow body, wherein the first part is automatically moved to a new indicating position in relation to the second part upon moving the closure in relation the hollow body.
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1. A container for dispensing doses of solids or liquids, the container comprising:
a hollow body which holds the content;
a closure which cooperates with the body to close the container; and
a compliance aid device arranged on the container for indicating the time at which the last dose was taken or when the next dose is due, wherein the compliance aid comprises a movable first part and a fixed second part provided on the hollow body, and wherein the first part is automatically moved to a new indicating position in relation to the second part upon moving the closure in relation to the hollow body.
2. The container according to claim 1, wherein the first part is automatically moved to a new indicating position in relation to the second part upon opening or closing of the container closure.
3. The container according to claim 1, wherein the second part is a time indicia means for indicating the time at which the last dose was taken or when the next dose is due.
4. The container according to claim 3, wherein the time indicia means of the second part is integrated in the hollow body.
5. The container according to claim 3, wherein the second part is a relief in the surface of the hollow body.
6. The container according to claim 3, wherein the second part is a label provided on the hollow body, said label carrying time indicia means for indicating the time at which the last dose was taken or when the next dose is due.
7. The container according to claim 3, wherein the time indicia means of the second part has markings indicating days, hours., or both.
8. The container according to any of claim 3, wherein the time indicia means of the second part has markings indicating morning, evening, or both.
9. The container according to claim 1, wherein a portion of the first part is arranged on the inside of the container.
10. The container according to claim 1, wherein a portion of the first part is arranged through the wall of the container and is exposed to the user.
11. The container according to claim 3, wherein the first part is provided with an indicator on the portion arranged through the hollow body for pointing at the time indicia means of the second part.
12. The container according to any of claim 1, wherein the first part is provided with means for engaging with a part of the closure for moving the first part to a new indicating position upon opening or closing of the container closure.
13. The container according to claim 12, wherein the first part is a circular indicator wheel provided with a plurality of teeth around its complete circumference.
14. A compliance aid device for a container for dispensing doses of solids or liquids, the device comprising a movable first part and a fixed second part on the container and indicating the time at which the last dose was taken or when the next dose is due, wherein the container has a hollow body and the first part is automatically moved to a new indicating position in relation to the fixed second part upon moving the closure in relation to the hollow body of the container.
Description
TECHNICAL FIELD

The present invention relates to a container which can hold tablets or liquids, for example, for use in the pharmaceutical industry and in particular to a compliance aid device arranged on such a container for indicating the time at which the last dose was taken or when the next dose is due.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Most medications, whether prescribed by a physician or an over the counter (OTC) medicine, are more effective when taken at the right times as recommended or prescribed by the doctor, pharmacist, and/or the pharmaceutical company. Compliance with these instructions allows the patient the best opportunity for the medication to have its full desired effect. Many medicines which are prescribed have a reduced effectiveness if they are not taken at specific, regular intervals or if taken other than prescribed. However, the people for whom such medicines are prescribed may, for one reason or another, be uncertain as to when they last took the medicine or when to take the next dose. If the patient is not sure about a dose of medication, then he/she may be afraid to take another dose because they fear either overmedication or undermedication. This problem can be an annoyance or it can be a serious concern depending on the medication involved.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,152,067 A1 and WO2005/023173 A1 represent two prior art medication dosage reminder devices to be attached to a medication container. These are typically separate articles made of for example paper, cardboard or a plastic sheet material that are to be mounted on or attached to a container. This fastening procedure incorporates an extra procedure which has to be made in either the packaging and/or labelling process or by the patient himself. Further, due to the material used and that the device is attached on the outside of the container the device can be harmed in normal handling of the container, for example in a handbag or in a user's pocket. Accordingly, the construction of the above known devices are not particularly robust and comprises small details to be handled that has been proven difficult to deal with especially for elderly patients or patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or some other kind of hand impediments.

U.S. Pat. No. 2,636,469 A relates to a capsule dispenser and particularly for a dispenser for recording the last dispensing there from. The dispenser is divided into two compartments, one compartment being of relatively large size for containing the material to be dispensed and a second compartment of relatively narrow dimensions used to shield and protect one or several gradated wheels. The patient compliance aid constitutes of a wheel that carries certain data which should be periodically produced in a window visible from the outside if the dispenser. A drawback with this solution is that it requires a complicated construction of the dispenser comprising several parts and which will involve a number of assembling steps. A further drawback is that different dispensers have to be made depending on the prescribed dose intervals as the dose intervals are provided on the wheel itself.

THE OBJECT OF THE INVENTION

An object of the present invention is to provide a container that overcomes or alleviates the drawbacks of the known devices and which provides a container with a compliance aid device that has a simple but effective means for providing an indication of the time at which the last dose was taken or when the next dose is due. Such compliance aid devices are especially important for the elderly patient with failing memory or the patient who takes a large number of different medications.

A further object of the present invention is to provide a robust and senior friendly compliance aid device which is easy to handle and operate especially by elderly patients as well as by patients suffering from some kind of hand impediment.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The above mentioned object is achieved by providing a container for solids or liquid comprising a hollow body which holds the content and a closure which cooperates with the body to close the container and a compliance aid device arranged on the container for indicating the time at which the last dose was taken or when the next dose is due. The compliance aid further comprises a movable first part and a fixed second part provided on the hollow body. The first part is automatically moved to a new indicating position in relation to the second part upon moving the closure in relation the hollow body.

The main advantage with the invention is that it provides a container with a compliance aid that is robust and easy to handle as it is automatically moved to a new indicating position in relation to the second part.

According to at least one embodiment of the invention, the first part is automatically moved to a new indicating position in relation to the second part upon opening or closing of the container closure. In this way, the patient need not remember to move the first part of the compliance aid device which is an advantage in particularly for the elderly.

According to at least one embodiment of the invention, the second part is a time indicia means for indicating the time at which the last dose was taken or when the next dose is due.

According to at least one embodiment of the invention, the time indicia means of the second part is integrated in the hollow body.

According to at least one embodiment of the invention, the second part is a relief in the surface of the hollow body.

According to at least one embodiment of the invention, the second part is a label provided on the hollow body, said label carrying a time indicia means for indicating the time at which the last dose was taken or when the next dose is due. By providing the second part as a label on the hollow body the time indicia means can be chosen among a broad range of different time and/or dose indicia to be used for the same container construction.

According to at least one embodiment of the invention, the second part has signs indicating days and/or hours.

According to at least one embodiment of the invention, the second part has signs indicating morning and/or evening.

According to at least one embodiment of the invention, a portion of the first part is arranged on the inside of the hollow body. As a portion of first part of the compliance aid device being arranged on the inside of the hollow body makes the device robust and reliable in use. There is also less risk that the device is tampered with.

According to at least one embodiment of the invention, a portion of the first part is arranged through the wall of the container such that it becomes exposed to the user.

According to at least one embodiment of the invention, the first part is provided with an indicator on the portion arranged through the hollow body for pointing at the intended time indication of the second part.

According to at least one embodiment of the invention, the first part is provided with means for engaging with a part of the closure for moving the first part to a new indicating position upon opening or closing of the container closure. This arrangement allows the first part to be automatically moved to a new indicating position.

According to at least one embodiment of the invention, the first part is a circular indicator wheel provided with a plurality of teeth around its complete circumference.

According to at least one embodiment of the invention, there is provided a compliance aid device for a container or the like comprising a movable first part and a fixed second part for indicating the time at which the last dose was taken or when the next dose is due, wherein the first part is automatically moved to a new indicating position in relation to the fixed second part upon moving the closure in relation the hollow body.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The present invention will now be described, for exemplary purposes, in more detail by way of embodiments and with reference to the enclosed drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 illustrates a perspective view of a container provided with the compliance aid device,

FIG. 2 shows a perspective view of a container provided with the compliance aid device according to a further embodiment,

FIG. 3 shows an embodiment of the first part of the compliance aid device, and

FIG. 4 shows a perspective view of the container having a piece of the lid as well as a piece of the hollow body cut out showing details on the compliance aid device.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

FIG. 1 shows an embodiment of the container for solids or liquids provided with a compliance aid device according to the present invention. The container 1 comprises a hollow body 2 which holds the content, a closure 3 which cooperates with the body to close the container and a compliance aid device 4, 5 for indicating the time at which the last dose was taken or when the next dose is due. The compliance aid device comprises a movable first part 4 and a fixed second part 5 provided on the hollow body. The first part 4 is in one embodiment of the invention partly arranged on the inside of the hollow body 2 and partly through the wall of the container such that it becomes exposed to the user. The first part 4 is movable in relation to the hollow body. The second part 5 of the compliance aid device is a time indicia means and can be an integrated part of the container or hollow body. The second part is normally positioned in the vicinity of the first part. The second part 5 of the compliance aid device can also be a means provided onto the container or hollow body, such as for example a label. In FIG. 1 the second part can be seen as a relief sign in the material of the hollow body indicating the days of the week and markings in between the days indicating different times of the day, i.e. morning, afternoon or evening.

In FIG. 2, a further embodiment of the second part 5 is shown and it is in the form of a label on the surface of the hollow body 2. The label is provided with signs indicating the time which the last dose was taken or when the next dose is due, i.e. days and/or hours or the like. Further, the second part 5 may also show size of the dose to be taken, i.e. number of tablets. Providing the second part as text, numerals or signs on a label to be attached on the container wall has several advantages. Firstly, suitable time indicia means, e.g. dose intervals may be chosen from a great number of possibilities. Secondly, one single container can be used for different products, i.e. medicines and an appropriate label is chosen to fit the dose intervals of a specific product and/or patient in question. The second part 5 can also be a combination of indicia means integrated in the hollow body and a label provided with the time indicia means.

FIG. 3 shows an embodiment of the first part in which the first part 4 is a circular indicator wheel with a plurality of teeth 6 arranged around its circumference. The portion of the indicator wheel 4 exposed to the user is further provided with an indicator 8 for pointing at the intended time indication provided on the second part. The indicator 8 is an arrow or other appropriate symbol provided in the material of the indicator wheel, for example as a groove in the material, a projection in the material or a printed symbol. The shape, size and positioning of the teeth 6 depends of course on the form and size of the container onto which the first part is to be placed.

In FIG. 4 the first part 4 of the compliance aid device is shown in more details through openings cut out from the container material. The periphery portion 6, i.e. the teeth of the indicator wheel 4 is arranged on the inside of the hollow body 2 to engage with a protruding member 9 underneath the closure 3 and the central portion of the indicator wheel is arranged through the wall of the container such that it becomes exposed to the user. The indicator wheel 4 is arranged and mounted through the wall of the container 1 such that the wheel is slided into an integrated slot in the moulded hollow body. The slot has an opening in the top through which the wheel is inserted. The exact positioning of the wheel is given by an indentation in the hollow body. The central portion of the wheel protruding through the hollow body is slightly convex and has a relatively snug fit into the indentation but which fit allows it to rotate and move into new indicating positions. The central portion of the indicator wheel further functions as the wheels rotation axis and enables for a more integrated design with few number of components and more effective assembly process as only a small number of components are involved. In the vicinity of the protruding member 9 a support member 7 is provided also underneath the closure. A reverse block 10 is provided in the hollow body to ensure that the indicator wheel can move in only one direction. If for some reason the compliance aid device has been moved to a new indication position by mistake, or if there is a need to reset the indicator, the user can correct this by moving the first part to the correct position manually, i.e. by hand when the closure is in an open position.

The function of the compliance aid device will now be described with reference to FIG. 4. The closure 3 of the container is opened by pressing the button 11 on top of the container and simultaneously sliding the closure in the direction of the arrow seen on the top of it and then flipping up the closure. The protruding member 9 located underneath the closure engages with a tooth 6 of the indicator wheel 4. As the closure is slided out the protruding member 9 pushes the tooth and thus the wheel is in the shown embodiment moved anti-clockwise a certain distance to a new indicating position. The support member 7 stabilises and supports the protruding member 9 as it engages with a tooth 6 of the indicator wheel for pushing the wheel forward. The container is now ready to be flipped opened and the user can take out a dose. Upon closing the container, the protruding member 9 will again engage with a tooth 6 of the indicator wheel. The protruding member will bend slightly to be able to pass the tooth 6 when the closure is moved back to a closed position. The indicator wheel will remain its position gained when the closure was opened as it is locked by a reverse block 10 provided in the hollow body. Thus, the wheel is only free to move in one direction. In the shown embodiments, the first part of the compliance aid device is moved upon opening of the closure. However, it will be understood that the first part of the compliance aid device can also be arranged to instead be moved upon closing of the container closure.

Further, it will be understood that the present invention is not limited to the described embodiments but can be modified in many different ways without departing from the scope of the appended claims.

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US7658162 *Aug 22, 2008Feb 9, 2010Ace Venture, Inc.Self adhesive medication reminder device
US8281733Aug 10, 2009Oct 9, 2012Ace Ventures, Inc.Self adhesive medication reminder device
Classifications
U.S. Classification206/534, 116/308
International ClassificationB65D83/04
Cooperative ClassificationA61J7/04
European ClassificationA61J7/04
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Jul 17, 2007ASAssignment
Owner name: ASTRAZENECA AB, SWEDEN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:ARVIDSSON, LARS;FRID, PER;REEL/FRAME:019567/0600
Effective date: 20070514