Devices and related methods are provided for the controlled delivery of a therapeutic to a targeted location within a body. More particularly, methods and devices are provided for controlling the rate of passage of an orally administered pill through a body, as well as for controlling the delivery of a therapeutic within the pill at a specific location within the body. Various types of devices, generally referred to herein as “catchers,” are provided that can actively catch a pill as it passes through a body. The catcher can hold the pill at a specific location within the body until a predetermined event occurs, such as partial or complete administration of a therapeutic within the pill. The catcher can then release the pill upon command and/or upon the occurrence of the predetermined event to allow the pill to pass out of the body. In other embodiments, various types of pills are provided that can actively engage a catcher and remain engaged with the catcher until a predetermined event occurs.

Title
Pill Catchers
Application Number
12/976761
Publication Number
20120165794
Application Date
December 22, 2010
Publication Date
June 28, 2012
Inventor
Olivier Chossat
Martin Pfleiderer
Toralf Bork
Juergen Burger
Thierry Utard
Yanik Tardy
Rocco Crivelli
Jeff Shimizu
Cortlandt Manor
NY, US
Joseph B Kraimer
Mason
OH, US
Mark D Overmyer
Grandville
MI, US
Mark S Zeiner
Mason
OH, US
James W Voegele
Cincinnati
OH, US
Jason L Harris
Mason
OH, US
Christopher J Hess
Cincinnati
OH, US
Mark S Ortiz
Milford
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61M 31/00
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