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Tablet package

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Tablet package


A package includes a case and a card coupled to the case. The card is configured to carry a collection of oral tablets or the like that can be released from the card and then ingested by a consumer

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Inventors: Ryan P. Davidson, Jordan French, Patrick Cannon, Jeffrey C. Minnette
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120292225 - Class: 206531 (USPTO) - 11/22/12 - Class 206 
Special Receptacle Or Package > For Ampule, Capsule, Pellet, Or Granule >Structure For "press-out" Of Content Unit

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120292225, Tablet package.

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PRIORITY

This application claims priority under 35 U.S.C. §119(e) to U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 61,487,634, filed May 18, 2012, which is expressly incorporated by reference herein.

BACKGROUND

The present disclosure relates to packaging for prescription drugs, and particularly to packaging for blister cards. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to containers for storing blister cards.

SUMMARY

A package in accordance with the present disclosure includes a case and a card coupled to the case. In illustrative embodiments, the card is a blister card configured to carry a collection of oral tablets or the like.

In illustrative embodiments, the case includes a tray including a floor, a side wall extending around the floor, and card-elevation means for elevating the card above the floor to form a tablet-receiving chamber bounded by the floor, the side wall, and an underside of the card. The case further includes a card retainer arranged to engage the card to retain the card on the card-elevation means in the elevated position.

In a first embodiment of the case, the tray is a round dish sized to receive a round blister card. The card-elevation means of the tray includes a center card support and a series of outer card supports. The center card support is an upstanding post coupled to the center of the round floor and arranged to extend upwardly toward a top tray aperture defined by the side wall and opening into a tray chamber bounded by the side wall and the floor. Each outer card support is an upstanding wall having a bottom edge coupled to the floor and an outer end edge coupled to the side wall and arranged to extend radially inwardly toward the center card support. Four outer card supports are provided in an illustrative embodiment and positioned to lie in uniformly and circumferentially spaced-apart relation to one another along a circular inner surface of the side wall. A top plate of the center card support and a top edge of each of the radially inwardly extending outer card supports cooperate to form a level platform on which the round blister card is retained to form the tablet-receiving chamber below the round blister card.

The round blister card is retained on the level platform established by the card-elevation means using a card retainer comprising a series of card-retainer segments included in the case and coupled to a circular inner surface of the side wall of the tray. In illustrative embodiments, each of the card-retainer segments is arc-shaped and arranged to lie on an upper portion of the side wall of the tray above the top edges of the outer card supports and below the top edge of the side wall.

In illustrative embodiments, the case in accordance with the first embodiment also includes a removable lid that is adapted to be coupled to the round tray to cover the blister card retained in the round tray. The round blister card is formed to include a tablet-discharge outlet opening into the tablet-receiving chamber formed below the round blister card. In use, a consumer removes the lid from the tray to expose the round blister card. Then the consumer pushes downwardly on the elevated blister card to cause an oral tablet stored in a pocket formed in the blister card to be ejected from the pocket and fall into the underlying tablet-receiving chamber. Finally, the consumer tilts the tray at an angle to cause the loose oral tablet in the tablet-receiving chamber to be discharged from the case through the tablet-discharge outlet formed in the blister card.

In a second embodiment of the case, the tray is a rectangular dish sized to receive a rectangular blister card. The card-elevation means of the tray includes an outer card support arranged to extend around an inner surface of the rectangular side wall of the tray. In illustrative embodiments, the outer card support includes a raised ledge coupled to each of the four segments of the rectangular side wall of the tray. The raised ledges of the outer card support cooperate to form a level platform on which the rectangular blister card is retained to form the tablet-receiving chamber below the rectangular blister card.

In illustrative embodiments, the rectangular blister card is retained on the level platform established by the card-elevation means using a card retainer that is coupled to a rectangular frame that is separate from the tray but is mounted on the tray. The rectangular frame is coupled, for example, by means of a snap connection, to an upper portion of the rectangular side wall to trap a peripheral portion of the rectangular blister card between the raised ledges of the card-elevation means and an underside of the card retainer coupled to the rectangular frame.

In illustrative embodiments, the case in accordance with the second embodiment also includes a discharge spout and a removable lid for the discharge spout. The discharge spout is aligned with a discharge aperture formed in the side wall of the rectangular tray and arranged to open into the tablet-receiving chamber to provide means for discharging tablets stored in the tablet-receiving chamber from the tray after removal of the lid from the discharge spout. In use, a consumer pushes downwardly on the elevated blister card to cause an oral tablet stored in a pocket formed in the blister card to be ejected from the pocket and fall into the tablet-receiving chamber. Then the consumer removes the lid from the discharged spout and tilts the tray at an angle to cause the loose oral tablet in the tablet-receiving chamber to be discharged from the case through a tablet-transport passageway formed in the discharge spout.

Additional features of the present disclosure will become apparent to those skilled in the art upon consideration of illustrative embodiments exemplifying the best mode of carrying out the disclosure as presently perceived.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The detailed description particularly refers to the accompanying figures in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a case in accordance with a first embodiment of the present disclosure showing a removable lid mounted on an underlying tray;

FIG. 2 is an exploded perspective assembly view of components included in the case of FIG. 1 showing a removable lid, a round blister card formed to include four pie-shaped color-coded tablet carrier sections and a tablet-discharge outlet located between two neighboring tablet carrier sections, and a round tray including a floor, a side wall surrounding the floor, and a card elevator for elevating the blister card above the floor to form a tablet-receiving chamber bounded by the floor, the side wall, and the underside of the blister card, and showing the center card support and the four radially extending outer card supports that are included in the card elevator of the tray and cooperate to form a level platform supporting the blister card in the elevated position above the floor of the tray;

FIG. 3 is an enlarged view of the tray and blister card of FIG. 2 after the blister card has been placed on the level platform established by the underlying center card support and four outer card supports to cause the tablet-discharge outlet formed in the blister card to open into the table-receiving chamber formed under the blister card and showing two of the four arc-shaped card-retainer segments that cooperate to form a card retainer that is also included in the case and coupled to an inner surface of the curved side wall of the tray to engage a top side of the blister card and retain the blister card in a stationary position on the level platform established by the center card support and the outer card supports;

FIG. 3A is a view of an alternative information card in an elevated position on the tray of FIG. 2;

FIG. 4 is a sectional view taken along line 4-4 of FIG. 3 showing the center card support and two of the four radially inwardly extending outer card supports and showing the tablet-receiving chamber bounded by the floor, the side wall, and the underside of the blister card and configured to receive any loose oral tablets that are discharged from the overlying blister card by a consumer seeking to free such a tablet from the blister card for consumption;

FIG. 5 is an enlarged bottom view of the package of FIG. 1;

FIG. 6 is an enlarged front elevation view of the package of FIG. 1;



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120292225 A1
Publish Date
11/22/2012
Document #
13475066
File Date
05/18/2012
USPTO Class
206531
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
65D83/04
Drawings
10



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