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Claims for Patent: 8,616,196

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Claims for Patent: 8,616,196

Title:Inhalation device and a method for assembling said inhalation device
Abstract: An inhalation device for delivering doses of medicament to a user comprising: --a canister (5), said canister being adapted to accommodate the medicament to be dispensed to a user, and --a counter (15) which is connected to the canister (5). According to the invention --the canister (5) is adapted to receive the counter (15) on a base end (6a), --the counter and/or the canister further having contact parts (18, 20) for their attachment having means for increasing the friction and thereby allowing the counter to fixedly be attached onto the canister in a range of different positions in the lengthwise direction, --the counter further being adapted to during the process to assemble the counter to the canister, be urged onto the canister until the length of the counter and canister together is within a predefined tolerance of a predefined length.
Inventor(s): Hodson; Darren (Leicestershire, GB), Treneman; William (Cambridgeshire, GB)
Assignee: AstraZeneca AB (Sodertaije, SE)
Application Number:11/571,389
Patent Claims: 1. An inhalation device for delivering doses of medicament to a user comprising: a canister having a proximal end and a distal end, said canister having a valve at the distal end and being adapted to accommodate the medicament to be dispensed to a user, one dose of said medicament being dispensed when said canister is pressed down a first predetermined amount, said first predetermined amount being called a fire point; and a counter which is connected to the proximal end of the canister and configured to count one dose when said canister is pressed down a second predetermined amount, said second predetermined amount being called a count point, wherein at least one of the counter and the canister have a proximally located contact surface for contact between the counter and the canister, the contact surface having a roughened area for increasing the friction between the counter and canister to permit the counter to fixedly be attached onto the canister in a range of different positions in the lengthwise direction such that the combined length of the canister and the counter is variable to within a predefined tolerance.

2. An inhalation device according to claim 1, wherein a portion of the proximal end of the canister includes the roughened area.

3. An inhalation device according to claim 1, wherein the counter includes the contact surface and the roughened area is on an inside surface of the counter having a material different to another material of the counter, wherein the material increases the friction between the counter and the canister.

4. An inhalation device according to claim 1, wherein the counter further includes a deformable material that permits positioning of the counter along the canister in a range of different lengthwise positions within the predefined tolerance.

5. An inhalation device according to claim 4, wherein the deformable material is selected from the group consisting of a polymer rib, a co-molded deformable polymer material, and a quick setting polymer.

6. A method for assembling a canister and a counter in an inhalation device, said canister having a proximal end, a distal end, a valve located at the distal end, and being adapted to accommodate a medicament to be dispensed to a user, one dose of said medicament being dispensed when said canister is pressed down a first predetermined amount, said first predetermined amount being called a fire point, and said counter being connected to the proximal end of the canister and configured to count one dose when said canister is pressed down a second predetermined amount, said second predetermined amount being called a count point, wherein said method comprises: placing the counter over the proximal end of the canister, at least one of the counter and the canister having a contact surface for contact between the counter and the canister for increasing the friction between the counter and the canister to permit the counter to fixedly be attached onto the canister in a range of different positions in the lengthwise direction; pushing the counter onto the proximal end of the canister to vary a combined length of the canister and the counter; and measuring the combined length of the canister and the counter until the measured combined length is within a predefined tolerance.

7. A method according to claim 6, wherein the method provides the count point as close before the fire point of the inhaler as the predefined tolerance allows to ensure that the count point does not occur after the fire point.

8. A method according to claim 6, wherein a portion of the proximal end of the canister is formed with the contact surface having a roughened area.

9. A method according to claim 8, wherein the roughened area is formed by at least one of mechanical working, forming grooves in the contact surface, forming laser marked hatchings in the contact surface, and chemical etching.

10. A method according to claim 6, wherein the method comprises forming the counter by co-molding different materials such that an inside surface of the counter comprises a material different to another material of the counter, wherein the material increases the friction between the counter and the canister.

11. A method according to claim 6, wherein the counter is formed in-part with a deformable material and the method further includes positioning of the counter along the canister in a range of different lengthwise positions to at least partially deform the deformable material.

12. A method according to claim 11, wherein said deformable material is selected from the group consisting of a polymer rib, a co-molded deformable polymer, and a quick setting polymer.

13. An inhalation device according to claim 2, wherein the contact surface of the counter includes a smooth plastic material that deforms into the roughened area of the canister to provide a secure grip.

14. An inhalation device according to claim 2, wherein the roughened area of the canister is positioned on an outer wall of the canister that is substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the canister and circumvents the canister.

15. An inhalation device for delivering doses of medicament to a user comprising: a canister having a proximal end and a distal end, said canister having a valve at the distal end and being adapted to accommodate the medicament to be dispensed to a user, one dose of said medicament being dispensed when said canister is pressed down a first predetermined amount, said first predetermined amount being called a fire point; and a counter which is connected to the canister and configured to count one dose when said canister is pressed down a second predetermined amount, said second predetermined amount being called a count point, wherein the proximal end of the canister is adapted to receive the counter, and an inside part of the counter comprises a deformable material that permits lengthwise positioning of the counter onto the canister in a range of different positions such that the combined length of the canister and the counter is variable to within a predefined tolerance.

16. An inhalation device according to claim 15, wherein the deformable material is selected from the group consisting of a polymer rib, a co-molded deformable polymer material, and a quick setting polymer.

17. An inhalation device according to claim 15, wherein the deformable material comprises at least one of a spike shaped feature and a foam material.

18. An inhalation device for delivering doses of medicament to a user comprising: a canister having a proximal end and a distal end, said canister having a valve at the distal end and being adapted to accommodate the medicament to be dispensed to a user, one dose of said medicament being dispensed when said canister is pressed down a first predetermined amount, said first predetermined amount being called a fire point; and a counter which is connected to the canister and configured to count one dose when said canister is pressed down a second predetermined amount, said second predetermined amount being called a count point, wherein the canister is adapted to receive the counter on the proximal end, such that: the counter is mounted on the canister at the proximal end thereof, whereby a combined length of the canister and the counter is variable to within a predefined tolerance, the counter includes a plastic material, and the plastic material of the counter is melted into a close fit to the canister.

19. An inhalation device according to claim 18, wherein the plastic material of the counter is melted by ultrasonic heat welding.

20. The inhalation device according to claim 1, wherein the counter is located proximal to the proximal end of the canister.

21. The inhalation device according to claim 1, wherein the counter has an inside surface that includes a first roughened area and the canister has an outer surface that includes a second roughened area that at least partially engages the first roughened area.

22. The inhalation device according to claim 1, wherein the predefined tolerance is less than about 0.5 mm.

23. The inhalation device according to claim 1, wherein the predefined tolerance is about equal to a range of the fire points.

24. The method according to claim 6, wherein the counter is located proximal to the proximal end of the canister.

25. The method according to claim 6, wherein the counter is formed with an inside surface that includes a first roughened area and the canister is formed with an outer surface that includes a second roughened area that at least partially engages the first roughened area.

26. The method according to claim 6, wherein the predefined tolerance is less than about 0.5 mm.

27. The method according to claim 6, wherein the predefined tolerance is about equal to a range of the fire points.

28. The inhalation device according to claim 15, wherein the counter is located proximal to the proximal end of the canister.

29. The inhalation device according to claim 15, wherein the predefined tolerance is less than about 0.5 mm.

30. The inhalation device according to claim 15, wherein the predefined tolerance is about equal to a range of the fire points.

31. The inhalation device according to claim 18, wherein the counter is located proximal to the proximal end of the canister.

32. The inhalation device according to claim 18, wherein the predefined tolerance is less than about 0.5 mm.

33. The inhalation device according to claim 18, wherein the predefined tolerance is about equal to a range of the fire points.
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