US Pat. No. 9,586,737

ELASTOMERIC CLOSURE WITH BARRIER LAYER AND METHOD FOR ITS MANUFACTURE

1. An elastomeric closure comprising:
a top portion having a bottom surface topology comprising:
a first centrally-positioned, linear-in-cross-section bottom-surface portion;
a second linear-in-cross-section bottom-surface portion disposed axially below and surrounding the first centrally-positioned
linear-in-cross-section bottom-surface portion, the second linear-in-cross-section bottom-surface portion angled radially
outwardly and downwardly at an angle of about 5 to 25 degrees with respect to the first centrally-positioned, linear-in-cross-section
bottom-surface portion;

a first arcuate transition region extending directly between the first and second linear-in-cross-section bottom-surface portions;
and

a third radially-outwardly-most linear-in-cross-section bottom-surface portion disposed axially below the first linear-in-cross-section
bottom-surface portion and disposed axially above the second linear-in-cross-section bottom-surface portion; and

a bottom portion disposed axially below the top portion, the bottom portion having a top surface topology comprising:
a first centrally-positioned linear-in-cross-section top-surface portion;
a second linear-in-cross-section top-surface portion disposed axially below and surrounding the first centrally-positioned,
linear-in-cross-section top-surface portion, the second linear-in-cross-section top-surface portion angled radially outwardly
and downwardly with respect to the first centrally-positioned, linear-in-cross-section top-surface portion terminating in
a distal edge defining an outermost perimeter of the bottom portion; and

a second arcuate transition region extending directly between the first and second linear-in-cross-section top-surface portions,
wherein the first centrally positioned linear-in-cross-section top-surface portion is complementarily shaped to and in register
with the first centrally positioned linear-in-cross-section bottom-surface portion, the second linear-in-cross-section top-surface
portion is complimentarily shaped to and in register with the second linear-in-cross-section bottom-surface portion, and the
top surface of the bottom portion faces the bottom surface of the top portion; and

a barrier film located between the bottom surface of the top portion and the top surface of the bottom portion,
wherein the barrier film extends substantially completely across one of the top surface of the bottom portion and the bottom
surface of the top portion, and the bottom portion and the top portion encapsulate the barrier film or are flush with exposed
surfaces of the barrier film.

US Pat. No. 9,339,606

FOLDABLE FINGER FLANGE FOR A SYRINGE

West Pharmaceutical Servi...

1. A foldable finger flange for a syringe including a syringe barrel having a syringe barrel flange laterally extending from
an open proximal end of the syringe barrel and a syringe plunger for advancement into the syringe barrel through the open
proximal end, the foldable finger flange comprising:
an attachment member configured to be removably mounted onto the syringe barrel flange, and
a flange member pivotably attached to the attachment member, wherein at least a portion of the flange member is pivotable
between a use position, wherein the attachment member is mounted onto the syringe barrel flange and said portion of the flange
member extends generally perpendicular to the syringe barrel, thereby providing a flange having a greater extent than the
syringe barrel flange, and a non-use position, wherein the attachment member is mounted onto the syringe barrel flange and
said portion of the flange member does not extend generally perpendicular to the syringe barrel, and wherein the flange member
defines a major axis and includes an internal slot extending along the major axis, said internal slot being sized and shaped
to receive the attachment member when the flange member is oriented in the use position.

US Pat. No. 9,415,155

INJECTOR PISTON NEST

DAIKYO SEIKO, LTD., Toky...

1. A combination comprising injector pistons and a piston nest for housing the injector pistons, comprising:
a flat base plate having a plurality of openings, and front and back sides,
plural cylindrical housing portions having two open ends for receiving the injector pistons therein, said plural cylindrical
housing portions protruding substantially perpendicularly from the back side of the base plate to surround the openings, and

annular expanded portions, each being formed on an inner wall of each of said housing portions to protrude inwardly from an
inner peripheral surface thereof,

wherein the injector pistons are completely housed in said piston nest for housing the injector pistons,
said injector piston has an indent on a part of an outer peripheral surface of the injector piston in a peripheral direction,
a shape of the annular expanded portion fits with a shape of the indent,
said indent engages said expanded portion of the housing portion so that said injector piston is kept in said housing portion,
an inner diameter of each of said housing portions except for an inner diameter of said expanded portion is substantially
uniform,

each of said housing portions comprises two inner walls inside each of said housing portions having same inner diameters and
extending upwardly and downwardly from two edges of each of the annular expanded portions, and

clearance is at least partially formed between the outer peripheral surface of said injector piston and the inner peripheral
surface except said expanded portion on said housing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,415,176

AUTOINJECTOR HAVING AN END-OF-DOSE VISUAL INDICATOR

West Pharmaceutical Servi...

1. An auto-injector, comprising:
an injection assembly, including a plunger and a movable piston coupled to the plunger;
a retraction assembly coupled to the injection assembly, the retraction assembly comprising an opaque section and a transparent
or translucent section coupled to the opaque section;

an injectable drug container having a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end being configured to receive an end-of-dose
visual indicator; and

an end-of-dose visual indicator disposed within the retraction assembly and configured to cooperate with the distal end of
the drug container and move in concert with the drug container from within the opaque section of the retraction assembly into
the transparent or translucent section of the retraction assembly upon completion of administration of the drug solution or
medicine contained within the drug container and retraction of the drug container.

US Pat. No. 9,084,854

RIGID NEEDLE SHIELD

West Pharmaceutical Servi...

1. A rigid needle shield comprising:
an open proximal end;
a closed distal end;
a sidewall extending between the open proximal end and the closed distal end forming an elongated chamber therein; and
an elongated flexible member having:
a first end connected to the rigid needle shield,
a second end slidably connected to the needle shield proximate the open proximal end, and
a middle portion extending between the first end and the second end and being deflectable to move the elongated flexible member
between a first relaxed position and a second flexed position,

wherein the middle portion is convex and bows outwardly from the sidewall when in the first relaxed position, and wherein
the second end is within the elongated chamber in the first relaxed position and extends beyond the open proximal end in the
second flexed position.

US Pat. No. 9,139,350

ANTI-STATIC PACKAGE FOR MEDICAL CONTAINERS

West Pharmaceutical Servi...

1. A package for storing a plurality of medical containers comprising:
a housing having a closed base end and an open upper end;
a nesting tray at least partially supported by the housing, and having a plurality of apertures for receiving, and supporting,
the medical containers;

a protective slip sheet within the housing,
a static shield for dissipating static charge within the housing; and
a housing cover.

US Pat. No. 9,468,724

NEEDLE SHIELD REMOVAL TOOL

WEST PHARMACEUTICAL SERVI...

1. A removal tool for a needle shield, the tool comprising:
an attachment cavity having an interior wall extending along a length of the attachment cavity and accessible via a sidewall
aperture spanning the length of the attachment cavity, between a pair of parallel aperture lips, for receiving the needle
shield therethrough, the interior wall being sized to receive and engage the needle shield; and

a pull ring connected to and extending from a proximal end of the attachment cavity, the pull ring having an exterior wall
extending along an outer circumference of the pull ring and an interior wall extending along an inner circumference of the
pull ring, the inner circumference being sized to accommodate at least one finger of a user, the pull ring further having
a U-shaped cavity located between the exterior and interior walls thereof, an opening formed by the U-shaped cavity facing
a direction generally perpendicular to a longitudinal extent of the attachment cavity.

US Pat. No. 9,115,282

RESEALABLE THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMER ARTICLES

West Pharmaceutical Servi...

1. A resealable article comprising a thermoplastic elastomer composition consisting of a blend of:
a hydrogenated styrenic block copolymer having a number average molecular weight greater than about 200,000 Daltons;
a polypropylene;
a mineral oil; and
at least one filler selected from the group consisting of calcium carbonate, clay, talc, silica, and carbon black;
optionally further consisting of at least one selected from the group consisting of a stabilizer and a colorant;
wherein the thermoplastic elastomer composition has a hardness of less than about 80 Shore A.

US Pat. No. 9,073,649

FINGER GRIP FOR A FLANGELESS CONTAINER

West Pharmaceutical Servi...

1. A finger grip for a flangeless container having a generally cylindrical cross-sectional shape and an open end portion having
an outside surface, the finger grip comprising:
a skirt having a generally cylindrical cross-sectional shape, a continuous inner surface extending over the entire longitudinal
and circumferential extent of the skirt and a continuous outer surface extending over the entire longitudinal and circumferential
extent of the skirt, the skirt removably attachable to the open end portion of the container; and

a lip extending radially outwardly from the skirt,
wherein the skirt circumscribes the outside surface of the open end portion of the container and is removably attached to
the outside surface by a frictional fit extending over the entire longitudinal and circumferential extent of the skirt, and

wherein the skirt is formed as a single unitary structure separable at an area with a weakened cross-section extending longitudinally
in the outside surface of the skirt.

US Pat. No. 9,468,726

SYRINGE WITH CO-MOLDED HUB AND CANNULA

WEST PHARMACEUTICAL SERVI...

1. A prefilled syringe for injecting medicament into a patient, the syringe comprising:
a barrel constructed of a polymeric material, the barrel including a diameter, a longitudinal axis, a proximal end and a distal
end;

a cannula having a proximal end and a tip opposite the proximal end, the proximal end fixed to the distal end of the barrel,
the cannula positioned generally coaxially with the longitudinal axis; and

a hub integrally formed with the distal end, the hub including a rib section and a cap, the rib section having a generally
cruciform cross-section taken along a rib plane, the rib plane being generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, the
cap having a generally U-shaped cross-section taken along a longitudinal plane and a hollow interior such that a void space
is present between the cannula and the cap, the longitudinal plane being generally parallel to the longitudinal axis,

wherein the rib section includes a first pair of ribs and a second pair of ribs, the first pair of ribs includes a first rectangular
rib and a second rectangular rib, the first rectangular rib positioned on an opposite side of the longitudinal axis relative
to the second longitudinal rib, the second pair of ribs includes a first T-shaped rib and a second T-shaped rib, the first
T-shaped rib positioned on an opposite side of the longitudinal axis relative to the second T-shaped rib.

US Pat. No. 9,474,865

NEEDLE SHIELD FOR DISPOSABLE SYRINGE WITH ANNULAR RING

West Pharmaceutical Servi...

1. A needle safety system comprising:
a syringe having a barrel, a needle having a sharp end arranged at a distal end of the barrel, and a generally annular ring
proximate the distal end of the barrel and extending radially outwardly from the barrel; and

a needle shield comprising:
a body extending between a distal end and a proximal end along a longitudinal axis, the body having a longitudinal channel
formed therein and being configured to receive the syringe such that the body partially surrounds the barrel of the syringe,
the body and the syringe being movable with respect to each other between a first position wherein the sharp end of the needle
extends distally beyond the distal end of the body and a second position wherein the distal end of the body extends distally
beyond the sharp end of the needle;

a longitudinal opening formed in the body and extending from the distal end to the proximal end of the body, the longitudinal
opening accessing the longitudinal channel;

a first latching mechanism disposed longitudinally along the body proximate a distal end of the body, the first latching mechanism
being radially outwardly deflectable and including a protuberance at a distal end thereof that extends radially into the longitudinal
channel when the first latching mechanism is in a first rest position; and

a second latching mechanism disposed longitudinally along the body and proximally with respect to the first latching mechanism,
the second latching mechanism being radially outwardly deflectable and including a tab at a proximal end thereof that extends
radially into the longitudinal channel when the second latching mechanism is in a second rest position, the tab having a radially
inwardly tapering portion toward a proximal edge of the tab oriented generally perpendicularly with respect to the longitudinal
axis,

wherein during movement of the syringe and needle shield from the first position to the second position the annular ring of
the syringe is configured to:

(i) contact the protuberance and outwardly deflect the first latching mechanism to allow the annular ring to pass the protuberance
in a proximal direction, and

(ii) contact the tab and outwardly deflect the second latching mechanism to allow the annular ring to pass the tab in a proximal
direction such that after the annular ring passes the tab and the second latching mechanism returns to the second rest position,
the proximal edge of the tab is in facing engagement with the annular ring and prevents proximal movement of the body relative
to the syringe.

US Pat. No. 9,717,854

ADAPTER FOR A SYRINGE

West Pharmaceutical Servi...

1. An adapter for a syringe comprising:
a base portion having a single opening formed therethrough, the single opening comprising an insertion hole configured to
surround and engage at least a portion of a barrel of the syringe; and

a flange portion extending laterally outwardly from the base portion, the flange portion including a first distal end and
an opposing second distal end, a longitudinal axis of the flange portion extending from the first distal end to the opposing
second distal end, a first distance measured from a geometric center of the insertion hole to the first distal end along the
longitudinal axis of the flange portion being less than a second distance measured from the geometric center of the insertion
hole to the second distal end along the longitudinal axis of the flange portion, the first distance defining a first section
of the flange portion and the second distance defining a second section of the flange portion, the first section having a
cross-sectional shape that is one of at least slightly concave and at least slightly convex and the second section having
a cross-sectional shape that is the other of at least slightly convex and at least slightly concave,

wherein the adapter is configured to be removably attached to the syringe, and
wherein the base portion extends beyond a bottom surface of the flange portion in a direction generally perpendicular to the
longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 9,567,143

TAMPER EVIDENT CLOSURE FOR CONTAINERS

West Pharmaceutical Servi...

1. A tamper evident closure for a container comprising:
a closure shell having a top surface and a depending skirt, the top surface defining a first aperture extending therethrough
and a scored frangible portion surrounding the first aperture, the depending skirt defining an open lower end for engagement
with an open end of a container;

a tamper evident tearable member overlying at least a portion of the top surface of the closure shell and defining a second
aperture overlying the first aperture; and

a removable closure cap overlying the top surface of the closure shell and the tamper evident tearable member, the closure
cap having an annular ring projecting downwardly from an underside thereof, extending through the first and second apertures
and attached to an underside of the frangible portion,

wherein at least partial removal of the closure cap from the top surface of the closure shell peels at least a portion of
the frangible portion away from the top surface of the closure shell along said scoring, thereby at least partially tearing
the tamper evident tearable member.

US Pat. No. 10,166,342

RECOIL REDUCING NEEDLE SHIELDS

West Pharmaceutical Servi...

1. A recoil reducing needle shield for covering a drug container with a needle, comprising:an outer shell, including an upper portion, a lower portion, and at least one flexible interface positioned therebetween, defining a fulcrum between the upper portion and the lower portion, such that radially inward flexing of the upper portion, from the flexible interface and upwardly, causes radially outward flexing of the lower portion, from the flexible interface and downwardly, about the at least one flexible interface; and
an inner cover mounted within the outer shell, the inner cover including an open proximal end, a closed distal end, and a needle cavity defined therein for receiving a portion of the drug container including the needle, at least a portion of the inner cover being disposed within the outer shell;
wherein the open proximal end of the inner cover is coupled to at least a portion of the lower portion of the outer shell, such that radially outward flexing of the lower portion stretches the open proximal end of the inner cover, thereby reducing an initial pull-off force required to remove the needle shield from the drug container.

US Pat. No. 9,907,916

LOW RADIAL PROFILE NEEDLE SAFETY DEVICE

WEST PHARMACEUTICAL SERVI...

1. A needle safety device for an injection device having a generally cylindrical barrel with a shoulder from which a hub extends,
the hub having a proximal surface spaced from the shoulder, a cannula extending distally from the hub, the needle safety device
comprising:
an outer tube within which the barrel is moveable, the outer tube having a distal end, a proximal end spaced from the distal
end, a circumferential step extending radially inwardly from an inner surface of the outer tube near the distal end and a
longitudinal axis;

a track formed in the outer tube having a first catch, a first track segment, a second track segment and a second catch;
a collar disposed in the outer tube having a bore, the collar moveable in translation and rotation relative to the outer tube,
wherein the collar is rotatable about the hub when the collar is attached to the hub, the collar including a channel at a
distal end of the collar, a pin extending radially outwardly from the collar, the pin slideably engaging the track, the collar
being sufficiently compliant and sized to allow passage of the hub and then return to an initial configuration to attach the
collar to the barrel, the pin positioned in the first catch when the needle safety device is in a pre-injection position,
the pin moving from the pre-injection position toward the distal end of the outer tube along the first track segment to a
full-insertion position as skin of a patient is being penetrated by the cannula, the pin then moving from the full-insertion
position toward the proximal end of the outer tube along the second track segment to a locked position when the cannula is
removed from the skin, the pin positioned in the second catch in the locked position, the second track segment including a
second extent extending substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis and a final portion between the second extent and
the second catch that imparts both axial translation and rotation between the pin and the outer tube;

a coil spring positioned within the outer tube, the coil spring including a proximal end positioned on the channel and a distal
end positioned on the circumferential step, the coil spring biasing the outer tube in a distal direction relative to the collar;
and

a removable shield that selectively covers the cannula in a mounted configuration, the coil spring positioned radially inwardly
relative to the inner surface, the removable shield positioned radially inwardly relative to the coil spring in the initial
configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,004,854

LOW RADIAL PROFILE NEEDLE SAFETY DEVICE

WEST PHARMACEUTICAL SERVI...

1. A needle safety device for an injection device having a generally cylindrical barrel with a distal end having a hub from which a cannula extends, the needle safety device comprising:an outer tube within which the barrel is slideably receivable, the outer tube having a distal end, a proximal end spaced from the distal and a longitudinal axis along which the outer tube is movable in a distal extended direction and in a proximal retracted direction opposite the distal extended direction;
a track formed in an inner surface of the outer tube;
a collar within the outer tube and movable relative thereto, the collar attachable to the distal end of the barrel and having a radially outwardly extending collar pin slideably engaging the track;
a cannula shield within the outer tube, the cannula shield able to receive the cannula therein,
a cap removably attached to the outer tube, the cannula shield fixedly attached to the cap, the cap having diametrically-opposed, longitudinally-extending arms received in a releasable friction fit in corresponding recesses in an outer surface of the outer tube and a distal end having an annular bore within which a radially outwardly extending disk-like flange of the cannula shield is fixedly received; and
a biasing member within the outer tube applying in the distal direction a biasing force to the outer tube,
wherein the cannula is in the cannula shield and entirely within the outer tube when the collar is attached to the distal end of the barrel and the collar pin is in a pre-injection position in the track spaced from the proximal end of the outer tube,
wherein the cannula extends beyond the distal end of the outer tube when the collar is attached to the distal end of the barrel, the cannula shield and cap are removed from the outer tube and the collar pin is in a full-insertion position in the track proximal to the distal end of the outer tube; and
wherein the cannula is irreversibly retained entirely within the outer tube when the collar is attached to the distal end of the barrel and the collar pin is in a locking position in the track between the pre-injection position and the full-insertion position.

US Pat. No. 10,064,997

ROTATABLE FINGER FLANGE FOR A SYRINGE

WEST PHARMACEUTICAL SERVI...

1. A rotatable finger flange for use with a syringe defining a longitudinal axis and including a syringe barrel having a syringe barrel flange laterally extending proximate to an open proximal end of the syringe barrel and a syringe plunger for advancement into the syringe barrel through the open proximal end, the finger flange comprising:a first flange component having a first attachment member configured to releasably engage the syringe barrel flange and having a first aperture extending therethrough for receiving the syringe therethrough, and a first flange member laterally extending from said first attachment member; and
a second flange component having a second attachment member configured to releasably engage the first attachment member and having a second aperture extending therethrough for receiving the syringe therethrough, and a second flange member laterally extending from said second attachment member;
wherein the first flange component and the second flange component are engageable and rotatable relative to one another about the longitudinal axis between a non-use position, wherein (i) the first aperture overlies the second aperture along the longitudinal axis and (ii) the first flange member overlies the second flange member along the longitudinal axis, and a use position, wherein (i) the first aperture overlies the second aperture along the longitudinal axis and (ii) the first flange member and the second flange member are angularly spaced apart from one another to provide a finger flange having a greater lateral extent than the syringe barrel flange.