Indicating device for aerosol container

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 6328037
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09603427

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An indicating device for indicating the number of metered doses of medicaments that have been dispensed from or remain in a container having a valve stem extending longitudinally therefrom and moveable between an open and closed position. The indicating device includes a base member adapted to be mounted to the container, a cap member moveably connected to the base member, an indicator member rotatably mounted to the cap member and an indicating mechanism adapted to rotate the counter member an incremental amount upon a predetermined number of axial movements of the cap member relative to the base member. A preferred embodiment of the indicating device includes a ratchet wheel, a drive member selectively engaging the indicating member, a pawl selectively engaging the ratchet wheel, and a non-return member adapted to selectively engage the ratchet wheel so as to maintain a unidirectional rotation of the ratchet wheel. A method for indicating the number of metered doses dispensed from or remaining in the container comprises moving the cap member toward and away from the base member, engaging the ratchet wheel with the pawl and engaging the indicating member with the drive member. A method of assembling an inhalation device including an indicating device is also provided.

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TRUDELL MEDICAL INTERNATIONALLONDON ONTARIO127

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Foley, Martin P London, CA 64 2033
Grychowski, Jerry R Lake Zurich, IL 40 1056
Scarrott, Peter Mykola London, CA 9 286
Schmidt, James Nick London, CA 19 515

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