PHC has been granted a patent for a medicine case that includes a rotating member with parallel side wall members. The rotating member adjusts the width of a passage through which medicine is guided to a discharge port in the bottom of the case. GlobalData’s report on PHC gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Rotating medicine case with adjustable passage width

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A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11759398B2) describes a medicine case that aims to improve the convenience and functionality of storing and dispensing medicine. The case body of the medicine case includes a bottom part with a discharge port for the medicine. Inside the case body, there is a rotating member that rotates about a rotating shaft. This rotating member consists of two parallel side wall members that form a passage for guiding the medicine to the discharge port. The width of the passage can be adjusted by moving the side wall members closer or further apart while maintaining their parallel alignment.

In one embodiment, the second side wall member has a shape that is a mirror image of the first side wall member. This design ensures symmetry and balance in the passage, facilitating smooth movement of the medicine towards the discharge port.

The medicine case also includes a partition member that can be attached at different positions and can enter the passage. The partition member passes through slots in the side wall members as the rotating member rotates, allowing for adjustment of the partition position within the passage. This feature enables the user to separate different types of medicine or control the amount of medicine dispensed.

To further enhance the functionality of the medicine case, the rotating member includes a third side wall member that can advance and retract in the radial direction of the rotating member. This adjustment allows for the depth of the passage to be modified, accommodating different sizes of medicine or controlling the flow rate.

Additionally, an inclined plate is positioned in the upper part of the rotating member, which can also advance and retract along its extending direction. This movement adjusts the depth of the inlet of the passage, providing further control over the dispensing process.

The inclined plate is connected to the third side wall member and moves in conjunction with it. The third side wall member also includes slots through which the partition member can pass when located on the outer side in the radial direction of the rotating member.

Overall, this patented medicine case offers a versatile and customizable solution for storing and dispensing medicine. Its adjustable features allow for precise control over the passage width, depth, and partition position, ensuring convenience and accuracy in medication management. The patent also mentions a medicine supply device that incorporates this medicine case, expanding its potential applications.

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