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Details for Patent: 8,361,026

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Details for Patent: 8,361,026

Title:Apparatus and methods for self-administration of vaccines and other medicaments
Abstract: A medicament delivery device includes a housing, a medicament container disposed within the housing, an activation mechanism, a cover and an electronic circuit system. The activation mechanism includes an energy storage member configured to produce a force to deliver the dose of a medicament and/or vaccine. The cover is configured to receive at least a portion of the housing. The electronic circuit system is coupled to the housing such that a protrusion of the cover electrically isolates a battery from a portion of the electronic circuit system when the portion of the housing is received by the cover. The electronic circuit system is configured to be electrically coupled to the battery and to produce a recorded speech output when the portion of the housing is at least partially removed from the cover. The electronic circuit system configured to produce a signal when the activation mechanism is actuated.
Inventor(s): Edwards; Eric S. (Midlothian, VA), Edwards; Evan T. (Gordonsville, VA), Licata; Mark J. (Doswell, VA), Meyers; Paul F. (Fishers, IN), Weinzierl; David A. (Andover, MN)
Assignee: Intelliject, Inc. (Richmond, VA)
Filing Date:Nov 10, 2009
Application Number:12/615,636
Claims:1. An apparatus, comprising: a housing; a medicament container disposed within the housing, the medicament container coupled to a needle and configured to contain a dose of a medicament; an activation mechanism including an energy storage member configured to produce a force to initiate movement of the needle between a first needle position and a second needle position, the needle being within the housing when the needle is in the first needle position, an end of the needle being outside of the housing through an opening defined by a distal end portion of the housing when the needle is in the second needle position to deliver the dose of the medicament; an actuator having a first portion and a second portion, the first portion and the second portion configured to move when the actuator is actuated, the first portion of the actuator configured to actuate the activation mechanism when the actuator is actuated; a container configured to receive at least a portion of the housing, the first container configured to be connected to a computing device; and an electronic circuit system coupled to at least one of the housing or the container, the electronic circuit system including a switch, the electronic circuit system configured to produce a wireless signal when the switch is moved from a first state to a second state, the second portion of the actuator configured to move the switch from the first state to the second state when the actuator is actuated, the electronic circuit system configured to transmit the wireless signal such that the computing device produces an output.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein: the computing device is a cell phone; and the output is a recorded speech output.

3. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the wireless signal is a first wireless signal, the apparatus further comprising: a cover configured to be removably coupled about the distal end portion of the housing, the cover including a first portion and a second portion, the first portion of the cover covering the opening when the cover is coupled about the distal end portion of the housing, the second portion of the cover configured to actuate the electronic circuit system to produce a second wireless signal when the cover is removed from about the distal end portion of the housing.

4. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the wireless signal is a first wireless signal, the electronic circuit system is configured to produce a second wireless signal when a second switch is actuated, the apparatus further comprising: a cover including a first portion and a second portion, the first portion covering the opening when the cover is coupled about the distal end portion of the housing, the second portion configured to actuate the second switch when the cover is removed from about the distal end portion of the housing.

5. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein: the computing device is a cell phone; and the output includes a phone call.

6. An apparatus, comprising: a medicament injector including a housing, a medicament container disposed within the housing and configured to contain a dose of a medicament, an energy storage member configured to produce a force to deliver the dose of the medicament, and an actuator, the actuator including a first portion and a second portion, the first portion and the second portion configured to move in response to movement of the actuator, the first portion of the actuator configured to actuate the energy storage member when the actuator is moved; a cover configured to receive at least a portion of the housing, the cover configured to be connected to a computing device; and an electronic circuit system coupled to at least one of the cover or the housing of the medicament injector, the electronic circuit system including a switch, the electronic circuit system configured to produce a wireless signal when the switch is moved from a first state to a second state, the second portion of the actuator configured to move the switch from the first state to the second state when the actuator is moved, the electronic circuit system configured to transmit the wireless signal such that the computing device produces an output.

7. The apparatus of claim 6, wherein the medicament is at least one of an influenza A vaccine, an influenza B vaccine, an influenza A (H1N1) vaccine, a hepatitis A vaccine, a hepatitis B vaccine, a haemophilus influenzae Type B (HiB) vaccine, a measles vaccine, a mumps vaccine, a rubella vaccine, a polio vaccine, a human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, a tetanus vaccine, a diptheria vaccine, a pertussis vaccine, a bubonic plague vaccine, a yellow fever vaccine, a cholera vaccine, a malaria vaccine, a smallpox vaccine, a pneumococcal vaccine, a rotavirus vaccine, a varicella vaccine or a meningococcus vaccine.

8. The apparatus of claim 6, wherein: the computing device is a cell phone; and the output is a recorded speech output.

9. The apparatus of claim 6, wherein the energy storage member is a non-electronic energy storage member.

10. The apparatus of claim 6, wherein the computing device is a cell phone.

11. The apparatus of claim 6, wherein the cover defines a recessed volume configured to matingly receive the portion of the housing of the medicament injector such that movement of the housing within the cover is limited when the actuator is moved.

12. The apparatus of claim 6, wherein the wireless signal is a short-range radio frequency signal having a frequency between approximately 2400 MHz and 2480 MHz.

13. The apparatus of claim 6, wherein: the computing device is a cell phone; and the output includes a phone call.

14. The apparatus of claim 6, wherein: the wireless signal is a first wireless signal; and the medicament injector includes a lock member removably coupled to the housing, a first portion of the lock member configured to limit movement of the actuator when the lock member is coupled to the actuator, a second portion of the lock member configured to actuate the electronic circuit system to produce a second wireless signal when the lock member is removed from the housing.

15. An apparatus, comprising: a medicament injector including a medicament container configured to contain a dose of a medicament, an energy storage member configured to produce a force to deliver the dose of the medicament, and an actuator, the actuator including a first portion and a second portion, the first portion and the second portion configured to move in response to movement of the actuator, the first portion of the actuator configured to actuate the energy storage member when the actuator is moved; and a cover configured to contain at least a portion of the medicament injector, the cover configured to be connected to a computing device; at least one of the medicament injector or the cover including an electronic circuit system including a switch, the electronic circuit system configured to produce a wireless signal when the switch is moved from a first state to a second state, the second portion of the actuator configured to move the switch from the first state to the second state when the actuator is moved, the electronic circuit system configured to transmit the wireless signal such that the computing device produces an output.

16. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein: the computing device is a cell phone; and the output includes a phone call.

17. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein: the computing device is a cell phone; and the output is at least one of a visual output or a recorded speech output.

18. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein the cover defines a recessed volume configured to matingly receive the portion of the medicament injector such that movement of the medicament injector within the cover is limited when the actuator is moved.

19. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein the wireless signal is a short-range radio frequency signal having a frequency between approximately 2400 MHz and 2480 MHz.

20. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein: the wireless signal is a first wireless signal; and the medicament injector includes a lock member, a first portion of the lock member configured to limit movement of the actuator when the lock member is coupled to the medicament injector, a second portion of the lock member configured to actuate the electronic circuit system to produce a second wireless signal when the lock member is removed from the medicament injector.

21. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein the wireless signal is a first wireless signal, the output is a first output, the apparatus further comprising: a lock member configured to be removably coupled about a distal end portion of the medicament injector, the electronic circuit system configured to produce a second wireless signal when the lock member is removed from about the distal end portion of the medicament injector, the electronic circuit system configured to transmit the second wireless signal to the computing device such that the computing device produces a second output.
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