03998356 is referenced by 77 patents and cites 2 patents.

An electronic system for an apparatus for selectively dispensing articles is disclosed. The apparatus is especially suited for dispensing pills in hospitals and nursing homes, wherein stringent controls are needed to prevent mistakes in dispensing or misuse of prescribed pills. The disclosed apparatus comprises a plurality of magazines or cassettes, each magazine containing a number of doses of a particular pill prescribed for the patient. The magazines contain a plurality of rotatable compartments for storing several days' supply of the particular pill, each compartment containing the unit dose prescribed for the particular patient. In the usual case a plurality of magazines are inserted into the dispensing apparatus, and then the dispenser is activated to dispense from the magazines those pills required at that time.

The present electronic system is programable to select the time of day, as well as the particular magazines, for dispensing the pills. Various magazines can only be activated at particular times in the day so that a pill cannot be dispensed except at the times prescribed for the patient. The system includes a keyboard and control for entering the dispensing routine, and a digital system for controlling solenoids which in turn control the cassettes from which the pills are dispensed.

Title
Electronic system for article dispensing apparatus
Application Number
5/608643
Publication Number
3998356
Application Date
August 28, 1975
Publication Date
December 21, 1976
Inventor
Wynn L Christensen
Yorba Linda
CA, US
Agent
Lyon & Lyon
Assignee
Arthur A Bennett Jr
CA, US
IPC
A47B 67/02
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