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(11)EP 2 764 246 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
01.05.2019 Bulletin 2019/18

(21)Application number: 12759778.9

(22)Date of filing:  21.09.2012
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
F04B 43/12(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/EP2012/068695
(87)International publication number:
WO 2013/041702 (28.03.2013 Gazette  2013/13)

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PERISTALTIC PUMP

PERISTALTISCHE PUMPE

POMPE PÉRISTALTIQUE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 21.09.2011 EP 11182228

(43)Date of publication of application:
13.08.2014 Bulletin 2014/33

(73)Proprietor: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH
65929 Frankfurt am Main (DE)

(72)Inventors:
  • NZIKE, Philippe
    65926 Frankfurt am Main (DE)
  • SCHABBACH, Michael
    65926 Frankfurt am Main (DE)
  • ZECKAI, Olaf
    69469 Weinheim (DE)
  • WERNER, Meinolf
    67551 Worms (DE)
  • SIMONOWSKY, Ole
    56865 Blankenrath (DE)

(74)Representative: Johnson, Stephen William et al
Venner Shipley LLP Byron House Cambridge Business Park Cowley Road
Cambridge CB4 0WZ
Cambridge CB4 0WZ (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 1 612 423
GB-A- 979 330
US-A1- 2007 212 240
CH-A- 417 338
US-A1- 2005 054 971
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description


    [0001] The present disclosure relates to a peristaltic pump. Peristaltic pumps are configured to transport a material in a tube by squeezing the tube.

    [0002] Peristaltic pumps are known, for example, from the documents DE 10246469 A1 and DE 19729612 A1.

    [0003] A further peristaltic pump according to the preamble of claim 1 is known from document GB 979 330. However, the pump therein is a highly complex system and will be expensive to manufacture and prone to mechanical fault due to the large number of intricate parts.

    [0004] It is an object of the present invention to provide a peristaltic pump with improved properties.

    [0005] The present invention provides a peristaltic pump, comprising a tube for transporting a material, wherein the tube is arranged along a longitudinal axis, a pump head configured to cause a squeezing of the tube, wherein the pump head is rotatable about a rotation axis, wherein the pump head comprises at least one squeeze member for squeezing the tube, and a support member, characterised in that the support member comprises a slot for supporting the at least one squeeze member, the slot extending in a radial direction relative to the rotation axis, such that a movement of the at least one squeeze member in a radial direction is enabled.

    [0006] The peristaltic pump may be configured to be applied for medical use. Preferably, the peristaltic pump is configured to transport a medicament, for example a fluid medicament. In particular, the pump may be used in the field of micro fluidics. As an example, the peristaltic pump may be configured to dispense small amounts of fluids. The pump may be used for a transporting a highly sensitive material. The material to be transported may be a medicament, for example insulin. Accordingly, the peristaltic pump may be used as a drug delivery device.

    [0007] The peristaltic pump may comprise a receptacle. The receptacle may be configured to receive a cartridge or container holding the material to be transported.

    [0008] Due to the arrangement of the tube along a longitudinal axis, an exchange of the tube may become easy and reproducible, since the handling and positioning of the tube may be facilitated. Thereby, the risk of misalignment of the tube, for example relative to the pump head, may be reduced. This may lead to a higher dosing accuracy after an exchange of the tube.

    [0009] Preferably, the tube is arranged along the longitudinal axis at least in a section of the tube which is configured to be squeezed for transporting the material. Preferably, the tube is arranged along the longitudinal axis along its entire length. Preferably, the tube is free of curved sections. In particular, the tube may be free of U-shaped sections.

    [0010] Preferably, the pump is configured such that the material is transported in a transport direction. Preferably, the transport direction is parallel to the longitudinal axis.

    [0011] Preferably, the pump head causes a squeezing of the tube along the longitudinal axis of the tube, in particular along the transport direction. Thereby, a transport of the material in the transport direction may be caused. In particular, the pump head may be configured such that a squeezed patch of the tube moves along the longitudinal axis. This may lead to an overpressure in the tube in front of the squeezed patch, which may lead to a movement of the material in the transport direction.

    [0012] Preferably, the rotation axis of the pump head is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis.

    [0013] In this case, a compact size of the peristaltic pump may be achieved, because the pump head may have a small dimension in direction of the longitudinal axis.

    [0014] The pump head comprises at least one squeeze member for squeezing the tube.

    [0015] In particular, the squeeze member may be configured to be in mechanical contact with the tube for squeezing the tube. Preferably, the squeeze member may be configured to close the tube at least at a particular time when squeezing the tube. In a preferred embodiment, the squeeze member squeezes the tube in a section of the tube running along the longitudinal axis. The section may run from a first position at the tube to a second position at the tube. Preferably, the squeeze member squeezes the tube continuously from the first position to the second position and thereby moves the squeezed patch from the first position to the second position.

    [0016] In a preferred embodiment, the peristaltic pump is configured such that the squeeze member is enabled to roll off on the tube when squeezing the tube.

    [0017] In this way, friction forces may be kept small. Thereby, an axial deformation of the tube or a displacement of the tube in axial direction may be prevented. Furthermore, a low driving force for driving the pump head may be sufficient such that the driving motor can be kept small. In particular, the friction force between the squeeze member and the tube may be a rolling friction force, which is smaller than a sliding friction force. As an example, the squeeze member may comprise a spherical or cylindrical member, for example a ball or a roller.

    [0018] Preferably, the pump head is configured to be operated at a constant driving speed. Thereby, a constant, nearly shock free pumping may be achieved with a low variation of a pumping pressure. Furthermore, a high dosing accuracy may be achieved.

    [0019] The pump head comprises a support member for supporting the squeeze member.

    [0020] Preferably, by a rotation of the pump head also the support member rotates, in particular rotates about the rotation axis of the pump head.

    [0021] In a preferred embodiment, the squeeze member is supported by the support member such that a rotation of the squeeze member relative to the support member is enabled.

    [0022] In particular, the squeeze member may be rotatable relative to the support member about a further rotation axis, arranged in a distance from the rotation axis of the pump head. The further rotation axis may run through the center of the squeeze member. The further rotation axis may be parallel to the rotation axis of the pump head. Preferably, the squeeze member is rotatable both about the rotation axis of the pump head and about the further rotation axis.

    [0023] The support member may comprise a disk-like shape. The squeeze member may be located near an outer perimeter of the support member. The squeeze member may be supported on the support member by a shaft. The shaft may run through the squeeze member. The shaft may be in direct contact with the support member. In one embodiment, the support member comprises two parts. Each of the parts may support an end of the shaft. The squeeze member may be located between the two parts of the support member.

    [0024] The the pump is configured such that the squeeze member is shiftable in a radial direction relative to the rotation axis.

    [0025] Thereby, an adjustment of the radial position of the squeeze member relative to the rotation axis may be enabled. In particular, the distance of the squeeze member to the rotation axis of the pump head may be adjustable.

    [0026] The squeeze member is supported by the support member such that a movement in a radial direction is enabled. The support member comprises a slot for supporting the squeeze member. The squeeze member may be shiftable in the slot.

    [0027] In particular, the squeeze member may be supported by a shaft being guided in the slot. The slot extends in radial direction such that a movement of the squeeze member in radial direction is enabled.

    [0028] In a preferred embodiment, the pump is configured such that a movement of the squeeze member along the longitudinal axis of the tube is enabled. Preferably, a movement along the longitudinal axis may be enabled at least along a section of the tube. In particular, the squeeze member may carry out a linear movement along the tube.

    [0029] Thereby, the squeeze member may squeeze the tube and move the squeezed patch of the tube along the longitudinal axis. Preferably, the squeeze member squeezes the tube at the squeezed patch such that the tube is closed in the squeezed patch in a section running along the longitudinal axis. Thereby, a reflow of material can be prevented.

    [0030] In a preferred embodiment, the peristaltic pump comprises a guide member for guiding a movement of the squeeze member.

    [0031] In particular, the guide member may confine a movement of the squeeze member in a radial direction relative to the rotation axis of the pump head. In particular, the guide member may confine a movement in the radial direction towards the rotation axis.

    [0032] Preferably, the guide member is secured to a housing of the pump such that relative movements between the guide member and the housing are prevented. In particular, the guide member may be non-rotatable.

    [0033] The squeeze member may be supported by a shaft, wherein a movement of the shaft in radial direction may be confined by a mechanical stop of the guide member. In particular, when the shaft abuts the guide member, a movement of the shaft in a radial direction, in particular towards the rotation axis of the pump head, may be prevented.

    [0034] The guide member may be configured to guide a movement of the squeeze member along the longitudinal axis.

    [0035] In particular, the guide member may guide the squeeze member in an axial movement of the squeeze member, preferably in a section of the tube which is configured to be squeezed by the squeeze member. In particular, during the axial movement of the squeeze member the squeeze member may squeeze the tube and thereby displace a squeezed patch of the tube in axial direction.

    [0036] The peristaltic pump may further comprise a tube guide for guiding the tube.

    [0037] In particular, the tube may be located on the tube guide. The tube guide may serve to position the tube in the pump. The tube may be attached to the tube guide. As an example, the tube guide may comprise a longitudinal grove in which the tube runs. The tube may be positioned between the tube guide and the pump head.

    [0038] The guide member may cooperate with the tube guide to cause a movement of the squeeze member along the longitudinal axis. In particular, the guide member may be arranged such relative to the tube guide that the radial position of the squeeze member is confined in one radial direction by the guide member and in the opposite radial direction by the tube guide. Preferably, along a section of the tube, the radial position of the squeeze member is determined by the guide member and the tube guide.

    [0039] Preferably, the axial movement of the squeeze member is enabled by a shiftability of the squeeze member as described above. Thereby, during rotation of the pump head the radial position of the squeeze member may be adjusted such that an axial movement of the squeeze member results.

    [0040] In a preferred embodiment, a perimeter of the guide member comprises a linear section extending parallel to the longitudinal axis of the tube.

    [0041] In particular, the squeeze member may be guided along the linear section when moving in an axial direction and squeezing the tube. As an example, a shaft for supporting the squeeze member may run along the perimeter of the guide member. When the shaft runs along the linear section, in particular abuts the linear section, the squeeze member may be guided in an axial movement.

    [0042] Furthermore, the perimeter of the guide member may comprise a curved section.

    [0043] The squeeze member may run along the curved section when not squeezing the tube. In particular, the squeeze member may be transported back from a second position at the tube to a first position at the tube when running along the curved section. Preferably, the curved section delimits a radial movement of the squeeze member towards the rotation axis. However, a radial movement of the squeeze member in the opposite radial direction may be allowed.

    [0044] The peristaltic pump may comprise a plurality of squeeze members.

    [0045] Preferably, the squeeze members are arranged on a support member of the pump head. In particular, the squeeze members may be arranged near an outer perimeter of the support member. In particular, the squeeze members may be arranged at regular distances from each other.

    [0046] Preferably, at any time during an operation of the pump, at least one of the squeeze members squeezes the pump, in particular such that the pump is closed. Thereby, a reflow of the material in a direction opposite to the transport direction may be prevented. Accordingly, the squeeze members may serve as valves.

    [0047] In a preferred embodiment, the peristaltic pump comprises a main part and an exchange part. The exchange part may be configured to the detachable from the main part.

    [0048] The exchange part may be configured to carry elements of the peristaltic pump which have to be exchanged periodically. As an example, the exchange part may carry the tube or a needle. Preferably, the elements which are carried by the exchange part are pre-assembled at the exchange part. This may allow an easy and quick exchange of parts of the pump. The exchange part may be configured to be disposable such that the exchange part may be replaced by a new exchange part. In a further embodiment, the exchange part may be configured such that a separate exchange of individual elements, such as a needle or the tube, may be enabled.

    [0049] Preferably, the exchange part comprises a tube guide for guiding the tube. The exchange part may comprise the tube.

    [0050] The main body may comprise the pump head. Furthermore, the main body may comprise a receptacle for receiving a cartridge or container holding the material to be transported.

    [0051] The peristaltic pump may comprise at least one needle. As an example, the exchange part may be configured to carry at least one needle.

    [0052] In particular, a needle may be provided for dispensing the material from a dispensing end of the pump. The needle may be in fluid connection with the tube. Additionally or alternatively, the pump may comprise at least one needle by which the tube is provided with new material. In particular, the needle may be configured to be inserted into a cartridge or container such that the material can flow from the cartridge or container into the tube.

    [0053] The term "medicament", as used herein, preferably means a pharmaceutical formulation containing at least one pharmaceutically active compound,
    wherein in one embodiment the pharmaceutically active compound has a molecular weight up to 1500 Da and/or is a peptide, a proteine, a polysaccharide, a vaccine, a DNA, a RNA, an enzyme, an antibody or a fragment thereof, a hormone or an oligonucleotide, or a mixture of the above-mentioned pharmaceutically active compound,
    wherein in a further embodiment the pharmaceutically active compound is useful for the treatment and/or prophylaxis of diabetes mellitus or complications associated with diabetes mellitus such as diabetic retinopathy, thromboembolism disorders such as deep vein or pulmonary thromboembolism, acute coronary syndrome (ACS), angina, myocardial infarction, cancer, macular degeneration, inflammation, hay fever, atherosclerosis and/or rheumatoid arthritis,
    wherein in a further embodiment the pharmaceutically active compound comprises at least one peptide for the treatment and/or prophylaxis of diabetes mellitus or complications associated with diabetes mellitus such as diabetic retinopathy,
    wherein in a further embodiment the pharmaceutically active compound comprises at least one human insulin or a human insulin analogue or derivative, glucagon-like peptide (GLP-1) or an analogue or derivative thereof, or exendin-3 or exendin-4 or an analogue or derivative of exendin-3 or exendin-4.

    [0054] Insulin analogues are for example Gly(A21), Arg(B31), Arg(B32) human insulin; Lys(B3), Glu(B29) human insulin; Lys(B28), Pro(B29) human insulin; Asp(B28) human insulin; human insulin, wherein proline in position B28 is replaced by Asp, Lys, Leu, Val or Ala and wherein in position B29 Lys may be replaced by Pro; Ala(B26) human insulin; Des(B28-B30) human insulin; Des(B27) human insulin and Des(B30) human insulin.

    [0055] Insulin derivates are for example B29-N-myristoyl-des(B30) human insulin; B29-N-palmitoyl-des(B30) human insulin; B29-N-myristoyl human insulin; B29-N-palmitoyl human insulin; B28-N-myristoyl LysB28ProB29 human insulin; B28-N-palmitoyl-LysB28ProB29 human insulin; B30-N-myristoyl-ThrB29LysB30 human insulin; B30-N-palmitoyl- ThrB29LysB30 human insulin; B29-N-(N-palmitoyl-Y-glutamyl)-des(B30) human insulin; B29-N-(N-lithocholyl-Y-glutamyl)-des(B30) human insulin; B29-N-(ω-carboxyheptadecanoyl)-des(B30) human insulin and B29-N-(ω-carboxyheptadecanoyl) human insulin.

    [0056] Exendin-4 for example means Exendin-4(1-39), a peptide of the sequence H-His-Gly-Glu-Gly-Thr-Phe-Thr-Ser-Asp-Leu-Ser-Lys-Gln-Met-Glu-Glu-Glu-Ala-Val-Arg-Leu-Phe-Ile-Glu-Trp-Leu-Lys-Asn-Gly-Gly-Pro-Ser-Ser-Gly-Ala-Pro-Pro-Pro-Ser-NH2.

    [0057] Exendin-4 derivatives are for example selected from the following list of compounds:

    H-(Lys)4-des Pro36, des Pro37 Exendin-4(1-39)-NH2,

    H-(Lys)5-des Pro36, des Pro37 Exendin-4(1-39)-NH2,

    des Pro36 Exendin-4(1-39),

    des Pro36 [Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39),

    des Pro36 [IsoAsp28] Exendin-4(1-39),

    des Pro36 [Met(O)14, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39),

    des Pro36 [Met(O)14, IsoAsp28] Exendin-4(1-39),

    des Pro36 [Trp(O2)25, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39),

    des Pro36 [Trp(O2)25, IsoAsp28] Exendin-4(1-39),

    des Pro36 [Met(O)14 Trp(O2)25, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39),

    des Pro36 [Met(O)14 Trp(O2)25, IsoAsp28] Exendin-4(1-39); or

    des Pro36 [Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39),

    des Pro36 [IsoAsp28] Exendin-4(1-39),

    des Pro36 [Met(O)14, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39),

    des Pro36 [Met(O)14, IsoAsp28] Exendin-4(1-39),

    des Pro36 [Trp(O2)25, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39),

    des Pro36 [Trp(O2)25, IsoAsp28] Exendin-4(1-39),

    des Pro36 [Met(O)14 Trp(O2)25, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39),

    des Pro36 [Met(O)14 Trp(O2)25, IsoAsp28] Exendin-4(1-39),

    wherein the group -Lys6-NH2 may be bound to the C-terminus of the Exendin-4 derivative;

    or an Exendin-4 derivative of the sequence

    des Pro36 Exendin-4(1-39)-Lys6-NH2 (AVE0010),

    H-(Lys)6-des Pro36 [Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-Lys6-NH2,

    des Asp28 Pro36, Pro37, Pro38Exendin-4(1-39)-NH2,

    H-(Lys)6-des Pro36, Pro38 [Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-NH2,

    H-Asn-(Glu)5des Pro36, Pro37, Pro38 [Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-NH2,

    des Pro36, Pro37, Pro38 [Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-(Lys)6-NH2,

    H-(Lys)6-des Pro36, Pro37, Pro38 [Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-(Lys)6-NH2,

    H-Asn-(Glu)5-des Pro36, Pro37, Pro38 [Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-(Lys)6-NH2,

    H-(Lys)6-des Pro36 [Trp(O2)25, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-Lys6-NH2,

    H-des Asp28 Pro36, Pro37, Pro38 [Trp(O2)25] Exendin-4(1-39)-NH2,

    H-(Lys)6-des Pro36, Pro37, Pro38 [Trp(O2)25, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-NH2,

    H-Asn-(Glu)5-des Pro36, Pro37, Pro38 [Trp(O2)25, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-NH2,

    des Pro36, Pro37, Pro38 [Trp(O2)25, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-(Lys)6-NH2,

    H-(Lys)6-des Pro36, Pro37, Pro38 [Trp(O2)25, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-(Lys)6-NH2,

    H-Asn-(Glu)5-des Pro36, Pro37, Pro38 [Trp(O2)25, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-(Lys)6-NH2,

    H-(Lys)6-des Pro36 [Met(O)14, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-Lys6-NH2,

    des Met(O)14 Asp28 Pro36, Pro37, Pro38 Exendin-4(1-39)-NH2,

    H-(Lys)6-desPro36, Pro37, Pro38 [Met(O)14, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-NH2,

    H-Asn-(Glu)5-des Pro36, Pro37, Pro38 [Met(O)14, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-NH2,

    des Pro36, Pro37, Pro38 [Met(O)14, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-(Lys)6-NH2,

    H-(Lys)6-des Pro36, Pro37, Pro38 [Met(O)14, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-(Lys)6-NH2,

    H-Asn-(Glu)5 des Pro36, Pro37, Pro38 [Met(O)14, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-(Lys)6-NH2,

    H-Lys6-des Pro36 [Met(O)14, Trp(O2)25, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-Lys6-NH2,

    H-des Asp28 Pro36, Pro37, Pro38 [Met(O)14, Trp(O2)25] Exendin-4(1-39)-NH2,

    H-(Lys)6-des Pro36, Pro37, Pro38 [Met(O)14, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-NH2,

    H-Asn-(Glu)5-des Pro36, Pro37, Pro38 [Met(O)14, Trp(O2)25, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-NH2,

    des Pro36, Pro37, Pro38 [Met(O)14, Trp(O2)25, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-(Lys)6-NH2,

    H-(Lys)6-des Pro36, Pro37, Pro38 [Met(O)14, Trp(O2)25, Asp28] Exendin-4(S1-39)-(Lys)6-NH2,

    H-Asn-(Glu)5-des Pro36, Pro37, Pro38 [Met(O)14, Trp(O2)25, Asp28] Exendin-4(1-39)-(Lys)6-NH2;

    or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or solvate of any one of the afore-mentioned Exendin-4 derivative.

    [0058] Hormones are for example hypophysis hormones or hypothalamus hormones or regulatory active peptides and their antagonists as listed in Rote Liste, ed. 2008, Chapter 50, such as Gonadotropine (Follitropin, Lutropin, Choriongonadotropin, Menotropin), Somatropine (Somatropin), Desmopressin, Terlipressin, Gonadorelin, Triptorelin, Leuprorelin, Buserelin, Nafarelin, Goserelin.

    [0059] A polysaccharide is for example a glucosaminoglycane, a hyaluronic acid, a heparin, a low molecular weight heparin or an ultra low molecular weight heparin or a derivative thereof, or a sulphated, e.g. a poly-sulphated form of the above-mentioned polysaccharides, and/or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof. An example of a pharmaceutically acceptable salt of a poly-sulphated low molecular weight heparin is enoxaparin sodium.

    [0060] Antibodies are globular plasma proteins (-150 kDa) that are also known as immunoglobulins which share a basic structure. As they have sugar chains added to amino acid residues, they are glycoproteins. The basic functional unit of each antibody is an immunoglobulin (Ig) monomer (containing only one Ig unit); secreted antibodies can also be dimeric with two Ig units as with IgA, tetrameric with four Ig units like teleost fish IgM, or pentameric with five Ig units, like mammalian IgM.

    [0061] The Ig monomer is a "Y"-shaped molecule that consists of four polypeptide chains; two identical heavy chains and two identical light chains connected by disulfide bonds between cysteine residues. Each heavy chain is about 440 amino acids long; each light chain is about 220 amino acids long. Heavy and light chains each contain intrachain disulfide bonds which stabilize their folding. Each chain is composed of structural domains called Ig domains. These domains contain about 70-110 amino acids and are classified into different categories (for example, variable or V, and constant or C) according to their size and function. They have a characteristic immunoglobulin fold in which two β sheets create a "sandwich" shape, held together by interactions between conserved cysteines and other charged amino acids.

    [0062] There are five types of mammalian Ig heavy chain denoted by α, δ, ε, γ, and µ. The type of heavy chain present defines the isotype of antibody; these chains are found in IgA, IgD, IgE, IgG, and IgM antibodies, respectively.

    [0063] Distinct heavy chains differ in size and composition; α and γ contain approximately 450 amino acids and δ approximately 500 amino acids, while µ and ε have approximately 550 amino acids. Each heavy chain has two regions, the constant region (CH) and the variable region (VH). In one species, the constant region is essentially identical in all antibodies of the same isotype, but differs in antibodies of different isotypes. Heavy chains γ, α and δ have a constant region composed of three tandem Ig domains, and a hinge region for added flexibility; heavy chains µ and ε have a constant region composed of four immunoglobulin domains. The variable region of the heavy chain differs in antibodies produced by different B cells, but is the same for all antibodies produced by a single B cell or B cell clone. The variable region of each heavy chain is approximately 110 amino acids long and is composed of a single Ig domain.

    [0064] In mammals, there are two types of immunoglobulin light chain denoted by λ and κ. A light chain has two successive domains: one constant domain (CL) and one variable domain (VL). The approximate length of a light chain is 211 to 217 amino acids. Each antibody contains two light chains that are always identical; only one type of light chain, κ or λ, is present per antibody in mammals.

    [0065] Although the general structure of all antibodies is very similar, the unique property of a given antibody is determined by the variable (V) regions, as detailed above. More specifically, variable loops, three each the light (VL) and three on the heavy (VH) chain, are responsible for binding to the antigen, i.e. for its antigen specificity. These loops are referred to as the Complementarity Determining Regions (CDRs). Because CDRs from both VH and VL domains contribute to the antigen-binding site, it is the combination of the heavy and the light chains, and not either alone, that determines the final antigen specificity.

    [0066] An "antibody fragment" contains at least one antigen binding fragment as defined above, and exhibits essentially the same function and specificity as the complete antibody of which the fragment is derived from. Limited proteolytic digestion with papain cleaves the Ig prototype into three fragments. Two identical amino terminal fragments, each containing one entire L chain and about half an H chain, are the antigen binding fragments (Fab). The third fragment, similar in size but containing the carboxyl terminal half of both heavy chains with their interchain disulfide bond, is the crystalizable fragment (Fc). The Fc contains carbohydrates, complement-binding, and FcR-binding sites. Limited pepsin digestion yields a single F(ab')2 fragment containing both Fab pieces and the hinge region, including the H-H interchain disulfide bond. F(ab')2 is divalent for antigen binding. The disulfide bond of F(ab')2 may be cleaved in order to obtain Fab'. Moreover, the variable regions of the heavy and light chains can be fused together to form a single chain variable fragment (scFv).

    [0067] Pharmaceutically acceptable salts are for example acid addition salts and basic salts. Acid addition salts are e.g. HCI or HBr salts. Basic salts are e.g. salts having a cation selected from alkali or alkaline, e.g. Na+, or K+, or Ca2+, or an ammonium ion N+(R1)(R2)(R3)(R4), wherein R1 to R4 independently of each other mean: hydrogen, an optionally substituted C1-C6-alkyl group, an optionally substituted C2-C6-alkenyl group, an optionally substituted C6-C10-aryl group, or an optionally substituted C6-C10-heteroaryl group. Further examples of pharmaceutically acceptable salts are described in "Remington's Pharmaceutical Sciences" 17. ed. Alfonso R. Gennaro (Ed.), Mark Publishing Company, Easton, Pa., U.S.A., 1985 and in Encyclopedia of Pharmaceutical Technology.

    [0068] Pharmaceutically acceptable solvates are for example hydrates.

    [0069] Further features, refinements and expediencies become apparent from the following description of the exemplary embodiments in connection with the figures.

    Figure 1 shows a sectional side view of a peristaltic pump.

    Figure 2 shows a perspective view of the pump head of the peristaltic pump of Figure 1.

    Figure 3 shows a side view of the pump head of the pump of Figure 1.

    Figures 4A to 4G show a sectional side view of the pump head during the operation of the pump of Figure 1.

    Figure 5 shows a perspective exploded view of parts of the peristaltic pump of Figure 1.

    Figure 6 shows an exploded view from the front of parts of the peristaltic pump of Figure 1.

    Figure 7 shows a sectional side view of the peristaltic pump of Figure 1 with an exchange part being detached from a main body.



    [0070] Like elements, elements of the same kind and identically acting elements may be provided with the same reference numerals in the figures.

    [0071] Figure 1 shows a sectional side view of an embodiment of a peristaltic pump 1. The pump 1 comprises a linear tube 2 extending along a longitudinal axis 3. The tube 2 is free from curved portions. A material is transported through the tube 2 in a transport direction 4. The transport direction 4 is parallel to the longitudinal axis 3.

    [0072] The material to be transported is held by a cartridge or container 5 positioned in a receptacle, for example a glass cartridge. As an example, the peristaltic pump 1 may be configured to transport and dispense a medical fluid, for example insulin. The peristaltic pump 1 may be particularly suitable for transporting small amounts of a fluid, such that the peristaltic pump 1 may be used in the field of micro fluidics. The cartridge 5 may comprise a piston. The piston may be axially movable in the cartridge 5. A spring 36 may exert a force on the piston to facilitate a movement of the piston. Thereby, air pockets in the receptacle 5 may be prevented when material is drawn from the cartridge 5 into the tube 2. The cartridge 5 may also be made from a different material, for example synthetic material like plastics. The cartridge or container 5 may also be made from a collapsible or flexible material. In this case, a piston is not required.

    [0073] The peristaltic pump 1 comprises a first needle 6, which is in fluid communication with the cartridge or container 5 and connects the cartridge or container 5 to the tube 2. The first needle 6 may pierce a septum of the cartridge or container 5. At a dispending end 7 of the peristaltic pump 1, a second needle 8 is located. The second needle 8 is in fluid communication with the tube 2. Preferably, the second needle 8 is insertable in a tissue to dispense the material.

    [0074] The peristaltic pump 1 comprises a main part 12 and an exchange part 13. The exchange part 13 is detachably attached to the main part 12. Thereby, a replacement of the exchange part 13 or of individual components of the exchange part 13 may be enabled. Preferably, the exchange part 13 comprises parts of the peristaltic pump 1 which have to be exchanged periodically, such as the needles 6, 8 and the tube 2.

    [0075] The main part 12 comprises a housing 14 which houses a pump head 9 and the receptacle for the cartridge and container 5. The exchange part 13 comprises a tube guide 15, wherein the tube 2 is guided. The tube 2 may be detachably attached to the tube guide 15 such that the tube 2 in the exchange part 13 may be individually replaceable. As a further example, the tube 2 may be permanently attached to the exchange part, for example glued to the tube guide 15.

    [0076] The pump head 9 of the pump 1 is rotatably mounted. The pump head 9 is rotatable about a rotation axis 10 in a rotational direction 23. By a rotation of the pump head 9, a squeezing of the tube 2 along the longitudinal axis 3 is caused such that a squeezed patch of the tube 2 propagates in transport direction 4. In particular, the squeezing of the tube 2 is caused in a section 11 of the tube.

    [0077] The pump head 9 comprises a support member 17 supporting a plurality of squeeze members 20. In this embodiment, the squeeze members are configured as rollers. The squeeze members 20 are rotatably mounted on the support member 17 such that a relative rotational movement of the squeeze members 20 and the support member 17 is enabled. In particular, each squeeze member 20 is mounted on the support member 17 by a shaft 21 such that the squeeze member 20 is rotatable about a further rotational axis running through the center of the shaft 21. The rotational axis 10 and the further rotational axis are parallel to each other and are perpendicular to the longitudinal axis 3.

    [0078] When the pump head 9 and thereby also the support member 17 and the squeeze members 20 are rotated about the rotational axis 10, a squeeze member 20 comes into contact with the tube 20, squeezes the tube along at least the section 11 and then leaves the tube 2. The rotatable mounting of the squeeze member 20 on the support member 17 enables the squeeze member 20 to roll off on the tube 2 when squeezing the tube 2. Thereby, friction forces may be kept low and an axial deformation of the tube 2 may be reduced.

    [0079] The squeeze members 20 are shiftably mounted such that a displacement of the squeeze members 20 in a radial direction relative to the rotation axis 10 is enabled. In particular, the shafts 21 are located in radial slots 22 of the support member 17 such that a displacement of the shafts 21 and, thereby, of the squeeze members 20 in a radial direction is enabled.

    [0080] Due to this shiftability, the squeeze members 20 are enabled to move linearly along the longitudinal axis 3 when squeezing the tube 2 in the tube section 11. In particular, during a rotation of the pump head 9 about the rotation axis 10, the radial position of the squeeze members 20 relative to the rotation axis 10 can be adjusted such that the squeeze members 20 are urged into a linear movement along the longitudinal axis 3 at least along the section 11 of the tube 2. Thereby, a squeezing of the tube 2 along a linear path is enabled.

    [0081] In the following, the working principle of the pump of Figure 1 is described in more detail in connection with Figures 2, 3 and 4A to 4G.

    [0082] Figure 2 shows a perspective view of the pump head 9 in the peristaltic pump 1 of Figure 1.

    [0083] The support member 17 comprises two circular discs 18, 19. The squeeze members 20 are located between the circular discs 18, 19. Each of the circular discs 18, 19 comprises a plurality of slots 22, wherein the shafts 21 are shiftably mounted.

    [0084] In order to urge the squeeze members 20 into a movement along the longitudinal axis 3 in the section 11 of the tube 2, the peristaltic pump 1 comprises a guide member 24.

    [0085] The shafts 21 of the squeeze members 22 are arranged such that the ends of the shafts 21 run along the outer perimeter of the guide member 24 during a rotation of the pump head 9. Thereby, the radial movement of the squeeze members 22 in a direction towards the rotation axis 10 is confined by the guide member 24. In particular, when a shaft 21 abuts the outer perimeter of the guide member 24, a further movement in a radial direction towards the rotation axis 10 is prevented.

    [0086] As can be seen in Figure 3, the perimeter of the guide member 24 comprises a linear section 25, which may also be denoted as the guide rail, and a curved section 26. During operation of the pump 1, each shaft 21 and, thereby, each squeeze member 20 is moved along the perimeter of the guide member 24 in the rotational direction 23. When a squeeze member 20 is guided along the linear section 25, it moves linearly along the longitudinal axis 3. The length of the linear section 25 corresponds to the length of the section 11, in which the squeeze member moves linearly along the tube 2 and, thereby, squeezes the tube 2. The section 11 extends from a first position 37 at the tube 2 towards a second position 38 at the tube 2, which corresponds to a start of the linear section 25 resp. an end of the linear section 25.

    [0087] Figures 4A to 4G show a sectional side view of the pump head 9 during operation of the pump 1. In particular, the movement of a squeeze member 20 along the guide member 24 during a rotation of the pump head 9 is shown. For clarity reasons, only one of the squeeze members 20 is depicted.

    [0088] In Figure 4A, the squeeze member 20 is located at the curved section 26 of the guide member 24. In particular, the shaft 21 of the squeeze member 20 may abut the curved section 26 or may be located in a distance from the curved section 26. The shaft 21 may be shiftable in the slot 21 from the curved section 26 in a radial direction away from the rotation axis 10. Thus, when the shaft 21 is guided along the curved section 26, the exact radial position of the shaft 21 may be undefined.

    [0089] As shown in Figure 4B, when the pump head 9 and, thereby, the support member 17 and the squeeze member 20 is rotated further in the rotational direction 23, the squeeze member 20 reaches the end of the curved section 26 and gets into contact with the tube 2.

    [0090] As shown in Figure 4C, on a further rotation of the pump head 9, the squeeze member 20 enters the linear section 25 of the perimeter of the guide member 24 and arrives at the first position 37 at the section 11 of the tube 2 (see Figure 3). In the linear section 25 of the guide member 24, the squeeze member 20 is guided by the linear section 25 of the guide member 24 and by the tube guide 15. In particular, the shaft 21 abuts the linear section 25, whereby the radial movement of the squeeze member 20 towards the rotational axis 10 is delimited. In the opposite radial direction, the radial movement of the squeeze member 20 is delimited by the tube guide 25, on which the tube 2 is located. Accordingly, the radial position of the squeeze member 20 is determined by the linear section 25 of the guide member 24 and the tube 2. Because the linear section 25 and the tube guide 2 extend along the longitudinal axis 3, the radial position of the squeeze member 20 is adjusted such that a linear movement of the squeeze member 20 along the longitudinal axis 3 is caused.

    [0091] Figure 4D shows a position of the squeeze member 20 after a further rotation of the pump head 9. The squeeze member 20 has moved along the linear section 11 of the tube 2. Due to the linear movement of the squeeze member 20, a squeezed patch of the tube 2 is moved in the transport direction 4. Thereby, the material in the tube 2 is transported in the transport direction 4. Preferably, all along the linear section 25, the squeeze member 20 squeezes the tube 2 such that the tube 2 is closed. Thereby, a reflow of the material in a direction opposite to the transport direction 4 may be inhibited.

    [0092] Due to the rotatable mounting of the squeeze member 20 relative to the support member 17 the squeeze member 20 rolls off on the tube 2 when squeezing the tube 2.

    [0093] Figure 4E shows a position of the squeeze member 20 after a further rotation of the pump head 9. The squeeze member 20 has reached the end of the linear section 25.

    [0094] On a further rotation, the squeeze member 20 leaves the linear section 25 and enters the curved section 26 as shown in Figure 4F. In particular, the shaft 22 gets out of contact with the linear section 25 and is guided along the curved section 26. In this position, the squeeze member 20 is still in contact with the tube 2 but does not close the tube 2.

    [0095] Figure 4G shows the squeeze member 20 after a further rotation of the pump head 9. In this position, the squeeze member 20 is out of contact from the tube 2. On a further rotation, the squeeze member 20 is transported along the curved section 26 and reaches again the position as shown in Figure 4A.

    [0096] Preferably, at any time during operation of the pump 1, at least one squeeze member 20 is in contact with the tube 2. More preferably, at least one squeeze member 20 squeezes the tube 2 such that the tube 2 is closed. Thereby, a reflow of material may be inhibited.

    [0097] In an alternative embodiment, the squeeze members 20 are pressed by a resilient force towards the outside end of the slots 22 near the outer perimeter of the discs 18 and 19, for example by a spring force. For example, shafts 21 of squeeze members 20 may be suspended by springs that press the shafts against the outside end of the slots 22. In such an embodiment, the guide member 24 is not required, as the squeeze members 20 squeeze the tube 2 by the spring forces.

    [0098] Further details of an embodiment of the pump 1 of Figure 1 can be seen from Figures 5, 6 and 7.

    [0099] Figure 5 shows a perspective exploded view of parts of the peristaltic pump 1 and Figure 6 shows an exploded view from the front of parts of the pump 1.

    [0100] As can be seen from Figures 5 and 6, the guide member 24 comprises a first part 29 and a second part 30, wherein the first part 29 guides the shafts 21 at one of their ends and the second part 30 guides the shafts 21 at their opposite ends. Each of the parts 29, 30 comprises a curved section 26 and a linear section 25. The first part 29 and the second part 30 are located on flanged members 31, 32, which are secured to a housing of the pump 1.

    [0101] Furthermore, the pump 1 comprises an engine 27, which drives the pump head 9 via gears 16. Bearings 33, 34 are arranged at the discs 18, 19 of the support member 17 to facilitate a rotational movement of the support member 17.

    [0102] Furthermore, a spacer ring 35 is arranged between the discs 18, 19 defining the distance between the discs 18, 19.

    [0103] Figure 7 shows the peristaltic pump 1 of Figure 1, wherein the exchange part 13 has been removed from the main part 12. The exchange part 13 may be configured to be disposed after one or several operations of the pump 1 and replaced by a new exchange part 13. Alternatively, only parts of the exchange part 13 may be configured to be disposed, for example the needles 6, 8 or the tube 2.

    [0104] The pump 1 may be configured such that for detaching and attaching the exchange part 13 from the main part 12, the exchange part 13 may have to be moved in directions 28 perpendicular to the longitudinal axis 3. In this case, it may be necessary to remove the cartridge or container 5 from the receptacle of the main part 12 before the exchange part 13 can be detached or attached to the main part 12, because otherwise an attachment may be blocked by an interaction of the needle 6 with the cartridge or container 5.

    [0105] In a further embodiment, the pump 1 may be configured such that the exchange part 13 can be detached and attached by moving the exchange part 13 in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis 3. In this case, it may not be necessary to remove the cartridge or container 5 from the main part 12 in order to detach or attach the exchange part 13. In particular, the first needle 6 may be inserted into the cartridge or container 5 during an attachment movement.

    Reference numerals



    [0106] 
    1
    peristaltic pump
    2
    tube
    3
    longitudinal axis
    4
    transport direction
    5
    cartridge / container
    6
    first needle
    7
    second needle
    8
    dispensing end
    9
    pump head
    10
    rotation axis
    11
    section of tube
    12
    main part
    13
    exchange part
    14
    housing
    15
    tube guide
    16
    gear
    17
    support member
    18
    disc
    19
    disc
    20
    squeeze member
    21
    shaft
    22
    slot
    23
    direction of rotation
    24
    guide member
    25
    linear section
    26
    curved section
    27
    engine
    28
    direction of detachment and attachment of exchange part
    29
    first part of guide member
    30
    second part of guide member
    31
    flanged member
    32
    flanged member
    33
    bearing
    34
    bearing
    35
    spacer ring
    36
    spring
    37
    first position
    38
    second position



    Claims

    1. A peristaltic pump, comprising
    a tube (2) for transporting a material, wherein the tube (2) is arranged along a longitudinal axis (3);
    a pump head (9) configured to cause a squeezing of the tube (2), wherein the pump head (9) is rotatable about a rotation axis (10), wherein the pump head (9) comprises at least one squeeze member (20) for squeezing the tube (2); and
    a support member (17);
    characterised in that the support member (17) comprises a slot (22) for supporting the at least one squeeze member (20), the slot (22) extending in a radial direction relative to the rotation axis (10), such that a movement of the at least one squeeze member (20) in a radial direction is enabled.
     
    2. The peristaltic pump of claim 1, wherein the tube (2) is arranged along the longitudinal axis (3) at least in a section of the tube (2) which is configured to be squeezed for transporting the material.
     
    3. The peristaltic pump of any of the previous claims, wherein the rotation axis (10) is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis (3).
     
    4. The peristaltic pump of any of the previous claims, being configured such that the at least one squeeze member (20) is enabled to roll off on the tube (2) when squeezing the tube (2).
     
    5. The peristaltic pump of any of the previous claims, wherein rotation of the at least one squeeze member (20) relative to the support member (17) is enabled.
     
    6. The peristaltic pump of any of the previous claims, comprising a guide member (24) for guiding a movement of the at least one squeeze member (20), optionally wherein:

    (i) the guide member (24) is configured to guide a movement of the at least one squeeze member (20) along the longitudinal axis (3); and/or

    (ii) a perimeter of the guide member (24) comprises a linear section (25) extending parallel to the longitudinal axis (3); and/or

    (iii) a perimeter of the guide member (24) comprises a curved section (26).


     
    7. The peristaltic pump of any of the previous claims, comprising a plurality of squeeze members (20).
     
    8. The peristaltic pump of any of the previous claims, comprising a main part (12) and an exchange part (13) configured to be detachable from the main part (12), optionally wherein:

    (i) the exchange part (13) comprises a tube guide (15) for guiding the tube (2); and/or

    (ii) the peristaltic pump comprises a receptacle for holding a container (5) for the material to be transported, wherein the receptacle is located in the main part (12).


     
    9. The peristaltic pump of any of the previous claims, being configured to transport a medicament.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Peristaltische Pumpe, umfassend
    einen Schlauch (2) zum Transport eines Materials, wobei der Schlauch (2) entlang einer Längsachse (3) angeordnet ist,
    einen Pumpenkopf (9), der dazu ausgestaltet ist, ein Quetschen des Schlauchs (2) zu veranlassen, wobei der Pumpenkopf (9) um eine Rotationsachse (10) drehbar ist, wobei der Pumpenkopf (9) zumindest ein Quetschglied (20) zum Quetschen des Schlauchs (2) umfasst, und
    ein Stützglied (17),
    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Stützglied (17) einen Schlitz (22) zum Stützen des zumindest einen Quetschglieds (20) umfasst, wobei sich der Schlitz (22) in einer radialen Richtung relativ zu der Rotationsachse (10) erstreckt, so dass eine Bewegung des zumindest einen Quetschglieds (20) in einer radialen Richtung ermöglicht wird.
     
    2. Peristaltische Pumpe nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Schlauch (2) zumindest in einem Abschnitt des Schlauchs (2), der dazu ausgestaltet ist, zum Transport des Materials gequetscht zu werden, entlang der Längsachse (3) angeordnet ist.
     
    3. Peristaltische Pumpe nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Rotationsachse (10) senkrecht zu der Längsachse (3) verläuft.
     
    4. Peristaltische Pumpe nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, die dazu ausgestaltet ist, dass es dem zumindest einen Quetschglied (20) ermöglicht wird, auf dem Schlauch (2) abzurollen, wenn der Schlauch (2) gequetscht wird.
     
    5. Peristaltische Pumpe nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei Drehung des zumindest einen Quetschglieds (20) relativ zu dem Stützglied (17) ermöglicht wird.
     
    6. Peristaltische Pumpe nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, umfassend ein Führungsglied (24) zum Führen einer Bewegung des zumindest einen Quetschglieds (20), optional wobei:

    (i) das Führungsglied (24) dazu ausgestaltet ist, eine Bewegung des zumindest einen Quetschglieds (20) entlang der Längsachse (3) zu führen, und/oder

    (ii) ein Umfang des Führungsglieds (24) einen linearen Abschnitt (25) umfasst, der sich parallel zu der Längsachse (3) erstreckt, und/oder

    (iii) ein Umfang des Führungsglieds (24) einen gekrümmten Abschnitt (26) umfasst.


     
    7. Peristaltische Pumpe nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, umfassend eine Vielzahl von Quetschgliedern (20).
     
    8. Peristaltische Pumpe nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, umfassend einen Hauptteil (12) und einen Austauschteil (13), der dazu ausgestaltet ist, vom Hauptteil (12) gelöst zu werden, optional wobei:

    (i) der Austauschteil (13) eine Schlauchführung (15) zum Führen des Schlauchs (2) umfasst und/oder

    (ii) die peristaltische Pumpe eine Aufnahme zum Halten eines Behälters (5) für das zu transportierende Material umfasst, wobei die Aufnahme im Hauptteil (12) angeordnet ist.


     
    9. Peristaltische Pumpe nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, die zum Transport eines Medikaments ausgestaltet ist.
     


    Revendications

    1. Pompe péristaltique, comprenant :

    un tube (2) pour transporter une matière, le tube (2) étant disposé le long d'un axe longitudinal (3) ;

    une tête de pompe (9) configurée pour provoquer une compression du tube (2), la tête de pompe (9) pouvant tourner autour d'un axe de rotation (10), la tête de pompe (9) comprenant au moins un organe de compression (20) pour comprimer le tube (2) ; et

    un organe de support (17) ;

    caractérisée en ce que l'organe de support (17) comprend une fente (22) pour supporter l'au moins un organe de compression (20), la fente (22) s'étendant dans une direction radiale par rapport à l'axe de rotation (10) de manière à permettre un mouvement de l'au moins un organe de compression (20) dans une direction radiale.


     
    2. Pompe péristaltique selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle le tube (2) est disposé le long de l'axe longitudinal (3) au moins dans une section du tube (2) qui est configurée de manière à être comprimée pour transporter la matière.
     
    3. Pompe péristaltique selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel l'axe de rotation (10) est perpendiculaire à l'axe longitudinal (3).
     
    4. Pompe péristaltique selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, configurée de telle sorte que l'au moins un organe de compression (20) puisse rouler sur le tube (2) lorsqu'il comprime le tube (2).
     
    5. Pompe péristaltique selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle la rotation de l'au moins un organe de compression (20) par rapport à l'organe de support (17) est permise.
     
    6. Pompe péristaltique selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, comprenant un organe de guidage (24) pour guider un mouvement de l'au moins un organe de compression (20), facultativement dans laquelle :

    (i) l'organe de guidage (24) est configuré pour guider un mouvement de l'au moins un organe de compression (20) le long de l'axe longitudinal (3) ; et/ou

    (ii) un périmètre de l'organe de guidage (24) comprend une section linéaire (25) s'étendant parallèlement à l'axe longitudinal (3) ; et/ou

    (iii) un périmètre de l'organe de guidage (24) comprend une section courbe (26).


     
    7. Pompe péristaltique selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, comprenant une pluralité d'organes de compression (20).
     
    8. Pompe péristaltique selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, comprenant une partie principale (12) et une partie de remplacement (13) configurée pour pouvoir être détachée de la partie principale (12), facultativement dans laquelle :

    (i) la partie de remplacement (13) comprend un guide de tube (15) pour guider le tube (2) ; et/ou

    (ii) la pompe péristaltique comprend un réceptacle pour contenir un récipient (5) pour la matière à transporter, le réceptacle étant situé dans la partie principale (12).


     
    9. Pompe péristaltique selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, configurée pour transporter un médicament.
     




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