TKH Group has been granted a patent for a method to dispense discrete medicaments using a feeder unit. The method involves determining the remaining amount of medicaments, selecting between empty detection modes, and controlling the dispensing mechanism. GlobalData’s report on TKH Group gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Method for dispensing medicaments with controlled feeding mechanism

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: TKH Group NV

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11925604B2) discloses a method for dispensing discrete medicaments from a dispensing device equipped with a first feeder unit. The first feeder unit includes a container for holding medicaments, an outlet for dispensing the medicaments, and a dispensing mechanism for controlled feeding of the medicaments from the container to the outlet. The method involves detecting when no medicament is dispensed, determining the remaining amount of medicaments in the container, comparing it to a threshold value, and selecting either a complete empty detection mode or a shortened empty detection mode based on this comparison. The selected mode is then executed to manage the dispensing process effectively.

Furthermore, the patent also covers a computer program product that enables a dispensing device with a first feeder unit to carry out the method described above. The program includes instructions for controlling the dispensing mechanism, determining the remaining value of medicaments, comparing it to a threshold value, and selecting and executing the appropriate empty detection mode. Additionally, the patent details a dispensing device itself, which comprises the first feeder unit with the necessary components for controlled medicament dispensing. The device allows for efficient management of medicament dispensing by selecting between different empty detection modes based on the remaining amount of medicaments in the container, thus ensuring optimal operation and resource utilization in healthcare settings.

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