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CONTAINERS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR MEDICAL OR PHARMACEUTICAL PURPOSES; DEVICES OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR BRINGING PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS INTO PARTICULAR PHYSICAL OR ADMINISTERING FORMS; DEVICES FOR ADMINISTERING FOOD OR MEDICINES ORALLY; BABY COMFORTERS; DEVICES FOR RECEIVING SPITTLE
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Apparatus, devices, or methods specially adapted for changing or fashioning bulk medicines, or their essential constituents, into pharmaceutical products having specific physical forms designed to either:

facilitate their accurate dispensing to, or proper usage by, humans (e.g., tablets of specified dosage),

enhance their desirability so as to improve their likelihood of being consumed or used (e.g., candy coated tablets, impregnated food, lubricated suppositories),

improve their ability to, or make them physically able to, be consumed or used (e.g., encapsulated fish oil, ointments), or

increase their effectiveness.

Apparatus, devices, or methods specially adapted for administering medications or pharmaceutical products to humans through their oral cavity.

Receptacles that are not designed to be ingestible and are specially adapted for holding or containing medicines or pharmaceutical products prior to their usage or consumption by humans.

Receptacles specially adapted to hold, contain, or transport pharmaceutical, surgical, or therapy related materials other than medicines or pharmaceutical products (e.g., containers for storing blood).

Hollow flexible conduits specially adapted, or solely intended, for the purpose of providing nutriments in fluid or fluent forms to humans by insertion of the conduits into an orifice of their bodies (e.g., enteral feeding using functioning gastrointestinal tract).

Containers specially adapted for holding water or nutriments in fluid or fluent forms (e.g., feeding bottles) that is withdrawn by the sucking of infants, young children, or other humans (e.g., patients, disabled persons) on orally engaged portions or subcomponents of the containers.

The orally engaged subcomponents per se of the containers of the preceding paragraph (e.g., compressible rubber teats for feeding bottles) which are specially adapted for infants, young children, or other humans to suck upon to withdraw water or nutriments in fluid or fluent forms from the containers.

Other types of apparatus or devices specially adapted for orally administering only nutriments in fluid or fluent forms to infants, patients or disabled persons.

Devices that are not designed to be ingestible and are specially adapted, or solely intended, for either:

soothing, calming, or relaxing infants or young children by relieving a physical craving (e.g., oral pacifier) or

allowing infants or young children to relieve minor irritations or inflammations themselves though usage of the devices (e.g., teething devices for gum irritation).

Devices or receptacle specially adapted, or solely intended, for receiving spittle, phlegm, or other forms of naturally occurring oral discharge from humans.

Devices specially adapted to prevent irritation of the teat portion of the mammary gland of humans from abrasive or rubbing contact.

Specially adapted subcomponents or steps for the above types of apparatus, containers, devices or methods of the preceding paragraphs that are not provided for in another subclass.

Auxiliary appliances or accessories specially adapted for use with the apparatus, containers, or devices of the preceding paragraphs to facilitate either:

the proper dispensation or usage of medications or pharmaceutical products (e.g., medication reminders, pill counters) or

the taking of food orally by humans.

Relationship between large subject matter areas

When used with animals

If an apparatus, device, or method is usable for both humans and animals for the same purpose and in the same manner, and it is otherwise proper for this subclass, classification is made only in subclass A61J 1/00 - A61J 19/00.

Similar apparatus, devices, or methods to those covered by subclass A61J 1/00 - A61J 19/00 that are usable exclusively for animals, or are used in animals in a different manner or for different purposes than for humans, are classified in subclass A61D 1/00 - A61D 99/00.

Baby comforters, food, and toys

Devices that may be interesting to a baby (e.g., they have a specific shape such as an animal that the baby may manipulate) and are intended to serve to relieve a physical craving, irritation, or inflammation of the baby are covered by subclasses A61J 9/00, A61J 11/00 and A61J 17/00.

Devices that are primarily intended to be played with by a baby to entertain it, but might also incidentally emotionally calm it (e.g., stuffed bear at bedtime), are covered by subclass A63H 1/00 - A61H 37/00.

References relevant to classification in this subclass
This subclass/group does not cover:
Time release microcapsules for introduction of media into body and other devices for introducing or retaining media in cavities of the body
Time release medication patches for application to human bodies
Tubes, tube connectors, valves or tube couplings specially adapted for medical use
Infusion devices
Syringe ampoules or cartridges
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Foods, foodstuffs, or their preparation or treatment
Drinking vessels used for table service
Spoon type tableware
Protective casings or covers for appliances or instruments
Medical preparations characterized by special physical form
Suppositories
Capsules and medicinal compositions
Devices for introducing media into or on the body
Droppers or containers for laboratory use
Containers for storage or transport of articles or materials in general or their accessories, closures, or fittings
Containers specially constructed to be opened by cutting or piercing, or by tearing of frangible member or portion
Details of bottles or jars not otherwise provided for
Dropper type dispensers for closing containers
Closures for containers with means for discouraging their opening or removal without authorization or required level of physical aptitude
Blister packages
Applying closure members to bottles, jars, or similar containers
Special rules of classification within this subclass

The following Indexing Codes can be used throughout A61J 1/00 - A61J 19/00. They should be added where relevant or appropriate:

General characteristics or adaptations
General identification or selection means
Glossary of terms
In this subclass/group, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:
Disabled person
A human being that is unable to do a certain basic physical task (e.g., walking) without assistance due to a physical or mental impairment/condition.
Medicine, Medication
Chemical or biological substance intended to be used for the diagnosis, treatment, mitigation, alleviation, or prevention of diseases, disorders, injuries, or any other abnormal physical or mental state in humans.
Patient
Human being awaiting or undergoing any form of (a) medical care (e.g., testing) or treatment by medical staff (e.g., doctors, dentists, midwives, chiropractors) or (b) physical tending (e.g., feeding) by care providers (e.g., hospice or nursing home staff) due to impairment.
Pharmaceutical product
Man made or natural medicines specially adapted by manufactures or pharmacies into forms that facilitate their internal or external usage by humans.
Synonyms and Keywords

In patent documents the following words "teat" and "nipple" are often used as synonyms for the orally engaged portion of feeding bottles.

In patent documents the following expressions "feeding bottle", "nursing bottle", and "baby bottle" are often used as synonyms.

In patent documents the following words "spittoon", and "cuspidor" are often used as synonyms.

Containers specially adapted for medical or pharmaceutical purposes (capsules or the like for oral use A61J 3/07; boxes for medical appliances, doctors` bags A61B 19/02; antithrombogenic treatment of articles for conditioning blood A61L 33/00; devices for introducing media into or onto the body A61M; containers for radioactive substances G21F 5/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Receptacles that are not designed to be ingestible and are specially adapted for holding or containing medicines or pharmaceutical products prior to their usage or consumption by humans.

Receptacles specially adapted to hold, contain, or transport pharmaceutical, surgical, or therapy related materials other than medicines or pharmaceutical products (e.g., containers for storing blood).

A61J 1/00 refers nearly exclusively to medicament containers.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Containers for organs or living tissue
Boxes for medical appliances, doctor's bags
Capsules or the like for oral use
Sterilizing means
Antithrombogenic treatment of articles for conditioning blood
Devices for introducing media into or onto the body
Laboratory equipment
Large containers for cell culture
Containers for radioactive substances
Special rules of classification within this group

Documents in A61J 1/00 - A61J 1/22 disclosing the following container types should always be given at least a corresponding Indexing Code:

Blister type containers
Carpules
Rigid ampoules, e.g. glass ampoules
Flexible ampoules, e.g. squeezable ampoules
Bag type containers
for pills or tablets (containers with special dispensing means therefor B65D 83/04)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Containers with active dispensing means, e.g. pressing a button
Special rules of classification within this group

Documents belonging in this subgroup should always be sent to B65D 1/00 - B65D 85/00 for classification.

Distribution means for pills or tablets should be classified in A61J 7/0076.

Containers comprising passive means for indicating the time of administration of the medicament should be additionally classified in A61J 7/04.

Containers comprising active or electronic means for indicating the time of administration of the medicament should be additionally classified in A61J 7/0409.

{Blister-type containers (blisters in general B65D 75/36) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Containers enclosing pharmaceuticals to be taken orally between two opposed sheets or blanks which are joined, wherein one of both sheets or blanks comprise recessed compartments to accommodate said pharmaceuticals, and wherein the pharmaceutical is released by pressing it through the backing sheet or blank.

Examples of blister type containers:

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:

Examples of places where the subject matter of this subgroup is covered when specially adapted, used for a particular purpose, or incorporated into a larger system:

Blisters for inhalers
Multilayered films
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dispensing from blisters
B65B65/00D1
Blisters in general
Special rules of classification within this group

Documents in A61J 1/00 - A61J 1/22 disclosing blister type containers should be given at least Indexing Code A61J 1/035.

Synonyms and Keywords

In the patent documents classified in this group, the following expressions "push-through-pack" and "PTP" are often used as synonyms for blister type containers.

for collecting, storing or administering blood, plasma or medical fluids { (multiple bags systems for separating or storing blood components A61M 1/0209) ; Infusion or perfusion containers}
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Multiple bags systems for separating or storing blood components
Multilayered films
Ampoules or carpules (syringe ampoules or carpules A61M 5/28)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Syringe ampoules or carpules
Special rules of classification within this group

Documents in A61J disclosing ampoules should be given at least Indexing Code A61J 1/06 or corresponding Indexing Code.

{Carpules}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Carpules, i.e. ampoules for containing a (unit dose of a) pharmaceutical fluid comprising a plunger or piston for expelling its contents.

Examples of carpules:

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Special rules of classification within this group

Documents in A61J 1/00 - A61J 19/00 disclosing carpules should be given at least Indexing Code A61J 1/062.

{Rigid ampoules, e.g. glass ampoules}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Ampoules, i.e. sealed, small rigid or glass containers containing a (unit dose of a) pharmaceutical fluid for hypodermic injection.

Examples of rigid ampoules:

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Breaking devices for ampoules
Special rules of classification within this group

Documents in A61J 1/00 - A61J 19/00 disclosing rigid ampoules should be given at least Indexing Code A61J 1/065

{Flexible ampoules, the contents of which are expelled by squeezing}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Sealed, small flexible containers containing a (unit dose of a) pharmaceutical fluid which is to be expelled by squeezing.

Examples of flexible ampoules:

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Special rules of classification within this group

Documents in A61J 1/00 - A61J 19/00 disclosing flexible ampoules should be given at least Indexing Code A61J 1/067.

Bag-type containers
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Examples of bag type containers:

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Relationship between large subject matter areas

Overwrapping for bag type containers A61J 1/16, A61J 1/16

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:

Examples of places where the subject matter of this subgroup is covered when specially adapted, used for a particular purpose, or incorporated into a larger system:

Blow moulding
Multilayered or laminated material
Plastic composition
C08L 1/00 - C01L101/00
Special rules of classification within this group

Documents in A61J 1/00 - A61J 19/00 disclosing bag type containers should be given at least Indexing Code A61J 1/10.

with means for holding samples of contents
Special rules of classification within this group

Means for holding samples of content for non bag type containers should be classified in Indexing Code A61J 1/12.

Details, { e.g. inlet or outlet ports, provisions for hanging, shape retaining means} ; Accessories therefor, { e.g. connections of tubings, valves, caps (plugs or stoppers B65D 51/00) } (A61J 7/00 takes precedence; openers B65D, B67B 7/00) ]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Inlet or outlet ports for bag-type containers
Devices for administering medicines orally
Devices for opening closed containers

Devices related to administration of medicines are classified in A61J 7/00.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Coatings for plugs
C08J7/04L83
Labels used for hanging the container
S06F3/02A16
{ Septums, pierceable membranes}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Constructional or functional details of septum or membranes or access sites of containers comprising a pharmaceutical fluid that require to be punctured for gaining access to the fluid containing portion of the container.

Pierceable plug (WO9603961))

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Relationship between large subject matter areas

Closures for bottles, e.g. plugs or stoppers, and their details are classified in B65D 51/00.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Closures to be pierced
Special rules of classification within this group

Documents belonging to this subgroup should always be sent to B65D 51/00 for classification.

{Containers with means for dispensing liquid medicaments in a filtered or sterile way, e.g. with bacterial filters}
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Devices aiding filling of syringes in situ
{ Inlet or outlet ports}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Constructional or functional details of access sites of containers which provide access to or from the fluid containing portion of a container.

Examples of inlet or outlet ports of bag type containers:

EP1741418

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Tube connectors
Holders for containers
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Overwrappings, covers or holding devices for protective, decorative, supportive or other purposes which do not form an integral part of a container.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Holders or stands for containers at bedside
Infusion devices: Hanging up devices
Supports for filling bag type containers
Supporting bases, stands for equipment
{Cooled holders, e.g. for medications, insulin, blood, plasma (containers with thermal insulation in general B65D 81/38; ice-boxes F25D) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Containers with thermal insulation in general
Cryogenic storage
Frames constraining or supporting bags during freezing
A61M1/02F2
Arrangements for indicating condition of container contents, e.g. strile condition
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Methods or apparatus for disinfecting or sterilizing materials or objects other than foodstuffs or contact lenses
Arrangements or devices for indicating incorrect storage or transport
Arrangements for transferring { or mixing} fluids, e.g. from vial to syringe { (containers in general with provisions for mixing contents B65D 81/32) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

This subgroup contains arrangements or devices intended for transferring or mixing medicinal or pharmaceutical fluids like:

Containers comprising multiple compartments

Connectors for creating two way fluid paths between (different types of) containers such as vials, ampoules, bags syringes.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Tube connectors with valves
Needle sets
Industrial filling of ampoules, vials, syringes, etc.
Containers in general with provisions for mixing contents
Special rules of classification within this group

Details and accessories of the arrangements of A61J 1/20 and its subgroups are classified in the following Indexing Codes and their subgroups:

Filtering means
Piercing means
Separating means
Connecting means
Venting means

Complex devices should be classified in the subgroup A61J 1/20.

{ Containers or vials which are to be joined to each other in order to mix their contents (combinations of vial and syringe for mixing their contents A61J 1/2096) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Connectors or adaptors which enable or assist fluid communication between two or more containers for mixing or dissolving medicines in preparation of an administration.

Examples of containers or vials which are to be joined to each other in order to mix their contents:

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Combinations of vial and syringe for mixing their contents
Tube connectors
{ Containers having several compartments for products to be mixed}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Containers having multiple internal compartments separated by removable separations, the compartments containing pharmaceutical fluids which require mixing before administration.

Examples of containers having several compartments for products to be mixed::

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Method for producing frangible seal between chambers
{ Combination of a vial and a syringe for transferring or mixing their contents}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Connectors or adaptors which enable or assist fluid communication between a vial and a syringe for extracting, mixing and/or dissolving medicines in preparation of an administration.

Examples of combination of a vial and a syringe for transferring or mixing their contents:

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Tube connectors
Devices aiding filling of syringes in situ
with means for metering the amount of fluid
Special rules of classification within this group

This group is not used. Following subgroups are used for searching and/or classifying:

Measuring volume
For fluid level
Devices or methods specially adapted for bringing pharmaceutical products into particular physical or administering forms (chemical aspects, see the relevant classes)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Apparatus, devices, or methods specially adapted for changing or fashioning bulk medicines, or their essential constituents, into pharmaceutical products having specific physical forms designed to either:

facilitate their accurate dispensing to, or proper usage by, humans (e.g., tablets of specified dosage),

enhance their desirability so as to improve their likelihood of being consumed or used (e.g., candy coated tablets, impregnated food, lubricated suppositories),

improve their ability to, or make them physically able to, be consumed or used (e.g., encapsulated fish oil, ointments), or

increase their effectiveness.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Chemical aspects of medicinal compositions
{Compounding apparatus specially for enteral or parenteral nutritive solutions (bottling liquids B67C) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Compounding apparatus by which a plurality of medicinal or nutritive components are dosed and transferred through tubes in a bag. Compounding should take place in situ.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Compounding which does not take place in situ, or industrial compounding
B65B83/00B
Bottling liquids
B67C, B67C1/00
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Mixers
Coin-freed apparatus for dispensing
{Coating of tablets or the like (coating of sweetmeats or confectionery A23G 3/20; coating of granules in general B01J 2/006) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Apparatus or devices for applying a coated layer to pharmaceutical tablets.

References relevant to classification in this subclass/group
This subclass/group does not cover:
(Pharmaceutical compositions of) Coated pills or tablets
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Coating of sweetmeats or confectionery
Coating of granules in general
{Marking tablets or the like (apparatus for printing on tablets or the like B41F 17/36) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Constructional or functional details of markings or labels of pharmaceutical tablets or capsules.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Apparatus for printing on tablets or the like
Labels, RFID tags in general
General identification or selection means
Tablet presses
into the form of powders (pulverising in general B02C)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Granules
Process or devices for granulating material
Pulverising in general
into the form of pills, lozenges or dragees
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Preparation or treatment of foods or foodstuffs
into the form of capsules or similar small containers for oral use
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Microcapsules
Preparation of capsules
Capsules for inhalers
Packaging pills or tablets
into the form of compressed tablets (tablet presses B30B 11/00)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Preparation or treatment of foods or foodstuffs
Tablets characterized by shape, structure or size
Tablet presses
Devices for administering medicines orally, e.g. spoons (calibrated capacity measures for fluids or fluent solid material G01F 19/00; weighing spoons G01G 19/56) ; Pill counting devices; Arrangements for time indication or reminder for taking medicine
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Apparatus, devices, or methods specially adapted for administering medications or pharmaceutical products to humans though their oral cavity.

Auxiliary appliances or accessories specially adapted for use with the apparatus, containers, or devices of the preceding paragraphs to facilitate either:

the proper dispensation or usage of medications or pharmaceutical products (e.g., medication reminders, pill counters) or

the taking of food orally by humans.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Calibrated capacity measures for fluids or fluent solid material
Weighing spoons
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Sweetmeats, confectionary
Drinking straws
Special rules of classification within this group

Means for oral administration should always be classified in A61J 7/0015 - A61J 7/0061 or A61J 7/0015 - A61J 7/0061.

{ Spoons}
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Household spoons
Measuring spoons
{ Straws}
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Drinking straws
{Trays for holding or distributing medicines (display trays A47F 3/14; serving trays A47G 23/06) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Display trays
Serving trays
{Medicament distribution means (with pill counting devices A61J 7/02; with time indication A61J 7/04; containers or packages with special means for dispensing contents B65D 83/00) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices or containers for the distribution of a single type of medicine which is to be administered based on a personalised prescription.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Medicine cabinets
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Containers or packages with special means for dispensing contents
"Active" dispensing means, e.g. dispensing by pressing a button
Distribution means having time indication means for indicating medicine administration time
Distribution means comprising pill counting devices
Special rules of classification within this group

"Active" dispensing means, e.g. dispensing by pressing a button, should additionally be classified in B65D 83/0409.

Distribution means having "non-active" dispensing means should additionally be classified in A61J 1/03.

Distribution means dispensing directly into the mouth should additionally be classified in A61J 7/0015 or A61J 7/0015.

Distribution means having time indication means for indicating medicine administration time should be classified in A61J 7/04.

Distribution means comprising pill counting devices should additionally be classified in A61J 7/02.

{for multiple medicaments}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices or containers for the distribution of multiple types or a combination of medicines which are to be administered based on a personalised prescription.

Special rules of classification within this group

Distribution means for multiple medicaments having an emphasis on the packaging aspect should additionally be classified in B65G 1/1373 or B65B 5/103.

Distribution means for multiple medicaments having an emphasis on the mechanical aspect should additionally be classified in G07F 11/00.

Distribution means for multiple medicaments having an emphasis on the medical or prescription data aspect should additionally be classified in G06F19/00M3M.

Distribution means for multiple medicaments having an emphasis on the data processing aspect should additionally be classified in G06Q10/00D.

{for holding medicines in, or fixing medicines on, a tooth, e.g. holder containing medicines fixed on a tooth (medicament applicators for teeth or gums A61C 19/063) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Medicament applicator for teeth or gums
Arrangements for time indication or reminder for taking medicine, e.g. programmed dispensers
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices or containers comprising passive or mechanical means for time indication or reminder for taking medicine..

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Prescription or delivery of medication, e.g. prescription filing, compliance checking
G06F19/00M3M
Containers having indication of dates or follow-numbers
L65D83/04M1
Special rules of classification within this group

Details and accessories of the arrangements of A61J 7/04 and its subgroups are classified in the following Indexing Codes and their subgroups:

With electronic history memory
With direct interaction with a dispensing or delivery system
Resulting from removing a drug from, or opening a container
By preventing drug dispensing during a predetermined time period
For multiple drugs
For multiple patients

Devices to be used in combination with blister packs should be given at least A61J 1/035.

Devices used for checking compliance should also be classified in A61J 2200/30.

{with timers}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices or containers comprising active means for alerting a patient when the medicine should be taken.

Glossary of terms
In this subclass/group, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:
Timer
Clock or electronic device indicating daily, remaining or elapsed time.
Feeding-bottles in general (electric heating elements H05B)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Containers specially adapted for holding water or nutriments in fluid or fluent forms (e.g., feeding bottles) that is withdrawn by the sucking of infants, young children, or other humans (e.g., patients, disabled persons) on orally engaged portions or subcomponents of the containers.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Heating apparatus for feeding bottles
H01B 1/00, H01B6/00
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Drinking cups
{Vacuum feeding-bottles (vacuum bottles in general A47J 41/02) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Thermo-isolated bottles using vacuum or other isolation means.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Vacuum bottles in general
with thermometers
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Thermometers in general
Holders for bottles
Special rules of classification within this group

Details of holders for bottles are classified in the following Indexing Codes and their subgroups:

Having aesthetic properties, e.g. toy-like or imitating a female breast
Providing isolation
Facilitating gripping
Having a particular supporting function
Characterised by the type of support
Protective covers for bottles
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Protective covers which cover only the bottle itself.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Protecting caps for the teat
{ Lids for closing the bottle}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Lids which close only the bottle itself, for example, when the teat is removed to prevent spilling or leakage.

For example:

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Protecting caps for the teat
Special rules of classification within this group

Lids which stay attached or can be attached to the bottle after taken off and which also protect the teat are classified in A61J 11/008.

For example:

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Teats
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The orally engaged subcomponents per se of feeding bottles (e.g., compressible rubber teats for feeding bottles) which are specially adapted for infants, young children, or other humans to suck upon to withdraw water or nutriments in fluid or fluent forms from the containers.

{ having additional ports, e.g. for connecting syringes or straws (devices for administering medicines orally A61J 7/00) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Teats which have the possibility of connecting an object, e.g. syringe, tube or straw.

For example:

US2006100603

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US2008223807

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Devices for administering medicines orally
Special rules of classification within this group

Devices for administering medicines orally should additionally be classified in A61J 7/00 - A61J 7/04.

{ having means for regulating the flow rate}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Teats having particular means for controlling the flow rate, which are different from a particular size or shape of the opening, or valves.

{ by size or shape of the opening}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Teats where the flow rate is controlled by the size, shape, orientation or deformation properties of the openings of the nipple.

For example:

FR1397427

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{ by using valves}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Teats where the flow rate is controlled by the use of valves located in or on the teat.

For example:

US5553726

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DE20002990U

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{ for imitating a nipple}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Teats where specific details for resembling a natural teat of a mother are described, either to mimic its appearance or its behaviour during feeding.

{ Protecting caps}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Caps for protecting the teat.

For example:

FR2921827

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WO2009008643

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{ Seal rupturing means (containers having several compartments for products to be mixed A61J 1/2093) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Components or elements which are associated with the teat which assist in opening the separation means that prevents the bottle from being used correctly.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Containers having several compartments for products to be mixed
Special rules of classification within this group

Containers having several compartments for products to be mixed should additionally be classified in A61J 1/2093.

with means for supplying air
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Venting means which form part of the bottle
Breast-nipple shields (breast-pumps A61M 1/06)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices specially adapted to prevent irritation of the teat portion of the mammary gland of humans from abrasive or rubbing contact.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Breast pumps
Feeding-tubes for therapeutic purposes (drinking tubes as tableware A47G 21/18)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Hollow flexible conduits specially adapted, or solely intended, for the purpose of providing nutriments in fluid or fluent forms to humans by insertion of the conduits into an orifice of their bodies (e.g., enteral feeding using functioning gastrointestinal tract).

For example:

EP2067465

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Drinking tubes as tableware
Infusion feeding pumps
Enteral feeding products
{ Gastrostomy feeding-tubes (insertion tools or methods A61B 17/34) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Hollow flexible conduits specially adapted, or solely intended, for the purpose of providing nutriments in fluid or fluent forms to humans by insertion of the conduits into an orifice in the patient's abdomen.

For example:

US2005267415:

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Devices or methods for introducing tubes or catheters
Baby-comforters; Teething rings
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices that are not designed to be ingestible and are specially adapted, or solely intended, for either:

soothing, calming, or relaxing infants or young children by relieving a physical craving (e.g., oral pacifier) or

allowing infants or young children to relieve minor irritations or inflammations themselves though usage of the devices (e.g., teething devices for gum irritation).

Special rules of classification within this group

Details on baby-comforters or teething rings are classified in the following Indexing Codes:

With music box
With thermometer
Light-emitting
Releasing medication
Mounted on soft cushion or doll
With protective shield
Devices for receiving spittle, e.g. spittoons ( {devices for taking sputum samples A61B 10/0051} ; for dentists A61C 17/04)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices or receptacles specially adapted, or solely intended, for receiving spittle, phlegm, or other forms of naturally occurring oral discharge from humans.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:

This group does not cover, contrary to the IPC scheme:

Receptacles for taking saliva or sputum samples
Devices for receiving spittle for dentistry
Suction or pumping devices
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