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
12/976726
Publication Number
20120165796
Application Date
December 22, 2010
Publication Date
June 28, 2012
Inventor
Mark D Overmyer
Cincinnati
OH, US
Mark S Zeiner
Mason
OH, US
William B Weisenburgh II
Maineville
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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