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Summary for Patent: 9,808,587
Title:Dose counter for inhaler having an anti-reverse rotation actuator
Abstract: An inhaler includes a main body having a canister housing, a medicament canister retained in a central outlet port of the canister housing, and a dose counter having an actuation member for operation by movement of the medicament canister. The canister housing has an inner wall, and a first inner wall canister support formation extending inwardly from a main surface of the inner wall. The canister housing has a longitudinal axis X which passes through the center of the central outlet port. The first inner wall canister support formation, the actuation member, and the central outlet port lie in a common plane coincident with the longitudinal axis X such that the first inner wall canister support formation protects against unwanted actuation of the dose counter by reducing rocking of the medicament canister relative to the main body of the inhaler.
Inventor(s): Walsh; Declan (Co. Kilkenny, IE), Fenlon; Derek (Co. Wexford, IE), Kaar; Simon (Co. Cork, IE), Hazenberg; Jan Geert (Co. Kilkenny, IE), Buck; Daniel (Co. Waterford, IE), Clancy; Paul (Waterford, IE), Uschold; Robert Charles (Leominster, MA), Karg; Jeffrey A. (Hopkinton, MA)
Assignee: IVAX PHARMACEUTICALS IRELAND (IE) TEVA PHARMECUTICALS IRELAND (IE) NORTON (WATERFORD) LIMITED (IE)
Application Number:15/269,249
Patent Litigation and PTAB cases: See patent lawsuits and PTAB cases for patent 9,808,587
Patent Claims: 1. An inhaler for metered dose inhalation, the inhaler comprising: a main body having a canister housing, a medicament canister, which is moveable relative to the canister housing and retained in a central outlet port of the canister housing arranged to mate with a canister fire stem of the medicament canister, and a dose counter having an actuation member having at least a portion thereof located in the canister housing for operation by movement of the medicament canister, wherein the canister housing has an inner wall, and a first inner wall canister support formation extending inwardly from a main surface of the inner wall, wherein the canister housing has a longitudinal axis X which passes through the center of the central outlet port, and wherein the first inner wall canister support formation, the actuation member, and the central outlet port lie in a common plane coincident with the longitudinal axis X such that the first inner wall canister support formation protects against unwanted actuation of the dose counter by reducing rocking of the medicament canister relative to the main body of the inhaler.

2. The inhaler as claimed in claim 1 wherein the medicament canister is movable relative to the dose counter.

3. The inhaler as claimed in claim 1 further comprising an aperture formed in the inner wall through which the portion of the actuation member extends.

4. The inhaler as claimed in claim 1, wherein the first inner wall canister support formation comprises a support rail which extends longitudinally along an inside surface of the main body.

5. The inhaler as claimed in claim 4, wherein the support rail includes a step formed thereon.

6. The inhaler as claimed in claim 4 further comprising a plurality of support rails each of which extends longitudinally along the inside surface of the main body.

7. The inhaler as claimed in claim 6, wherein two of the plurality of support rails are positioned at opposite ends of the inside surface of the main body to face each other.

8. The inhaler as claimed in claim 4, wherein the support rail includes two steps formed thereon, the steps being spaced apart longitudinally along an inside surface of the main body.

9. The inhaler as claimed in claim 4, wherein the support rail merges with the inner wall at a location adjacent the aperture.

10. The inhaler as claimed in claim 9, wherein a width dimension of the support rail is not constant, and the width dimension is greatest at the location where the support rail merges with the inner wall.

11. The inhaler as claimed in claim 1 further comprising a second inner wall canister support formation and wherein the second inner wall canister support formation, the first inner wall canister support formation, the actuation member and the central outlet port lie in a common plane coincident with longitudinal axis X.

12. An inhaler for metered dose inhalation, the inhaler comprising: a main body having a canister housing, a medicament canister, which is moveable relative to the canister housing and retained in a central outlet port of the canister housing arranged to mate with a canister fire stem of the medicament canister, and a dose counter having an actuation member having at least a portion thereof located in the canister housing for operation by movement of the medicament canister, wherein the canister housing has an inner wall, and a first inner wall canister support formation extending inwardly from a main surface of the inner wall, wherein the canister housing has a longitudinal axis X which passes through the center of the central outlet port, and wherein the first inner wall canister support formation, the actuation member, and the central outlet port lie in a common plane coincident with the longitudinal axis X such that the first inner wall canister support formation protects against dose count errors by reducing rocking of the medicament canister towards or away from the actuation member.

13. An inhaler for metered dose inhalation, the inhaler comprising: a main body having a canister housing, a medicament canister retained in the canister housing and movable relative thereto, and a dose counter, the dose counter having an actuation member having at least a portion thereof located in the canister housing for operation by movement of the medicament canister, wherein the canister housing has an inner wall, and a first inner wall canister support formation extending inwardly from a main surface of the inner wall, wherein the canister housing has an aperture formed in the inner wall through which the portion of the actuation member extends, and wherein the first inner wall canister support formation extends from the main surface of the inner wall to the aperture.

14. The inhaler as claimed in claim 13 wherein the medicament canister is movable relative to the dose counter.

15. The inhaler as claimed in claim 13, wherein the first inner wall canister support formation comprises a support rail which extends longitudinally along an inside surface of the main body.

16. The inhaler as claimed in claim 15, wherein the support rail includes a step formed thereon.

17. The inhaler as claimed in claim 15 further comprising a plurality of support rails each of which extends longitudinally along the inside surface of the main body.

18. The inhaler as claimed in claim 17, wherein two of the plurality of support rails are positioned at opposite ends of the inside surface of the main body to face each other.

19. The inhaler as claimed in claim 15, wherein the support rail includes two steps formed thereon, the steps being spaced apart longitudinally along the inside surface of the main body.

20. The inhaler as claimed in claim 15, wherein a width dimension of the support rail is not constant, and the width dimension is greatest at the location where the support rail is closest to the aperture.

21. The inhaler as claimed in claim 13, wherein the first inner wall canister support formation, the aperture, and a central outlet port of the canister housing arranged to mate with a canister fire stem of the medicament canister, all lie in a common plane coincident with a longitudinal axis X which passes through the center of the central outlet port.

22. The inhaler as claimed in claim 21 further comprising a second inner wall canister support formation and wherein the second inner wall canister support formation, the first inner wall canister support formation, the aperture, and the central outlet port lie in a common plane coincident with longitudinal axis X.

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