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Claims for Patent: 9,072,836

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Claims for Patent: 9,072,836

Title:Drive mechanism for a drug delivery device and drug delivery device
Abstract: A lead screw, a lead screw nut and a drive member are aligned with an axis defining an axial direction and an opposite axial direction. A coupling between the lead screw and the lead screw nut allows a helical movement of the lead screw with respect to the lead screw nut at least in the axial direction. The lead screw is coupled with the drive member, the coupling generating a helical movement of the lead screw with respect to the drive member when the drive member is moved in the axial direction with respect to the lead screw. A dispense stop feature of the lead screw nut and a dispense stop feature of the drive member prevent the generation of the helical movement of the lead screw when a specified end position of the drive member is approached.
Inventor(s): Plumptre; David Aubrey (Worcestershire, GB)
Assignee: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH (Frankfurt am Main, DE)
Application Number:13/825,841
Patent Claims: 1. A drive mechanism for a drug delivery device, comprising: a lead screw, a lead screw nut and a drive member, aligned with an axis defining an axial direction and an opposite axial direction, a coupling between the lead screw and the lead screw nut allowing a helical movement of the lead screw with respect to the lead screw nut at least in the axial direction, the lead screw being coupled with the drive member, the coupling of the lead screw with the drive member generating a helical movement of the lead screw with respect to the drive member when the drive member is moved in the axial direction with respect to the lead screw, and the coupling of the lead screw with the drive member being overridden to prevent a helical movement of the lead screw with respect to the drive member when the drive member is moved in the opposite axial direction with respect to the lead screw, a dispense stop feature of the lead screw nut, and a dispense stop feature of the drive member, the dispense stop features interacting and thereby preventing the generation of the helical movement of the lead screw when the drive member approaches a specified end position of dispense, wherein the dispense stop features guide the drive member with respect to the lead screw nut in a helical movement having the same pitch as the helical movement of the lead screw with respect to the drive member.

2. The drive mechanism according to claim 1, wherein the dispense stop features have corresponding contact surfaces, which are oblique to the axis.

3. The drive mechanism according to claim 1, wherein the dispense stop features have corresponding end faces, which inhibit a rotation of the drive member with respect to the lead screw nut at least in one direction.

4. The drive mechanism according to claim 1, wherein the dispense stop feature of the lead screw nut has the shape of a prism or truncated prism.

5. The drive mechanism according to claim 1, further comprising: a flexible guide feature of the lead screw, and a screw thread of the drive member, the coupling of the lead screw with the drive member being provided by the flexible guide feature engaging the screw thread, and the screw thread having the same pitch as the helical movement of the lead screw with respect to the drive member.

6. The drive mechanism according to claim 1, further comprising: stop features of the lead screw, the stop features inhibiting the helical movement of the lead screw when the drive member is moved in the opposite axial direction with respect to the lead screw.

7. The drive mechanism according to claim 1, wherein the drive member and the lead screw nut are rotationally locked at an end of dispense.

8. The drive mechanism according to claim 1, wherein the dispense stop feature of the lead screw nut is formed as an integral part of the lead screw nut, and the dispense stop feature of the drive member is formed as an integral part of the drive member.

9. A drug delivery device, comprising: a drive mechanism according to claim 1, and a body having a distal end and a proximal end, which are spaced apart in the direction of the axis.
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