Dry powder inhalers, related blister devices, and associated methods of dispensing dry powder substances and fabricating blister packages

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 6889690
APP PUB NO 20040025877A1
SERIAL NO

10434009

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The present invention includes dry powder inhalers and associated multi-dose dry powder packages for holding inhalant formulated dry powder substances and associated fabrication and dispensing methods. The multi-dose package can include a platform body comprising at least one thin piezoelectric polymer material layer defining at least a portion of a plurality of spatially separated discrete elongate dry powder channels having an associated length, width and height; and a metallic material attached to selected portions of the piezoelectric polymer material including each of the regions corresponding to the elongate dry powder channels to, in operation, define active energy releasing vibratory channels. In operation, the elongate channels can be selectively individually activated to vibrate upon exposure to an electrical input. The dry powder inhaler includes an elongate body having opposing first and second outer primary surfaces with a cavity therebetween and having opposing top and bottom end portions and a multi-dose sealed blister package holding a plurality of discrete meted doses of a dry powder inhalable product located in the cavity of the elongate body. The inhaler also includes an inhalation port formed in the bottom end portion of the elongate body, the inhalation port configured to be in fluid communication with at least one of the discrete meted doses during use and a cover member that is pivotably attached to the elongate body so that it remains attached to the body during normal operational periods of use and moves to a first closed position to overlie the inhalation port at the bottom end portion of the body during periods of non-use and moves to a second open position away from the inhalation port during periods of use to allow a user to access the inhalation port.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
ORIEL THERAPEUTICS, INC.DURHAM, NC38

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Crowder, Timothy M Durham, NC 11 352
Hickey, Anthony J Chapel Hill, NC 16 393
Warden, Jeffrey A Chapel Hill, NC 6 397

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