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(11)EP 3 524 292 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
26.08.2020 Bulletin 2020/35

(21)Application number: 18305128.3

(22)Date of filing:  07.02.2018
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
A61M 5/00(2006.01)
A61M 5/32(2006.01)

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PACKAGING FOR A PREFILLED DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE

VERPACKUNG FÜR EINE VORGEFÜLLTE MEDIKAMENTENABGABEVORRICHTUNG

EMBALLAGE POUR UN DISPOSITIF D'ADMINISTRATION DE MÉDICAMENT PRÉ-REMPLI


(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

(43)Date of publication of application:
14.08.2019 Bulletin 2019/33

(73)Proprietor: Becton Dickinson France
38800 Le Pont de Claix (FR)

(72)Inventors:
  • PEROT, Frédéric
    38760 Saint Paul de Varces (FR)
  • GAGLIANO, Julien
    38000 Grenoble (FR)
  • LE CORFEC, Marie-Liesse
    69003 Lyon (FR)
  • MONCHOIX, Hervé
    38330 Montbonnot Saint-Martin (FR)

(74)Representative: Delorme, Nicolas et al
Cabinet Germain & Maureau BP 6153
69466 Lyon Cedex 06
69466 Lyon Cedex 06 (FR)


(56)References cited: : 
US-A- 5 137 516
US-A1- 2014 251 847
US-A1- 2014 224 688
  
      
    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 invention relates to a packaging for storing and transporting a drug delivery device, in particular a prefilled drug delivery device.

    [0002] In the present application, the distal end of a piece or a device is understood to be the end furthest from the hand of the user and the proximal end is understood to be the end closest to the hand of the user. Likewise, in the present application, "distal direction" is understood to be the direction of injection, and "proximal direction" is understood to be the direction opposite the direction of injection.

    [0003] A drug delivery device such as, for example, a syringe, must be handled with care before and after use due to the presence of a needle. To preserve sterility of the drug contained into the syringe and tightness of the syringe, but also to minimize the risk of accidental needle-stick injury, syringes are typically supplied with a needle shield that covers the sharpened tip of the needle. The needle shield is removed prior to use to expose the sharpened tip of the needle and perform the injection.

    [0004] After use, the user must be able to discard the drug delivery device without having to take the risk to be injured by the used needle. Procedures in the medical field require that the user recovers the needle by a protection device before throwing away the used drug delivery device into an appropriate container.

    [0005] Some illnesses, such as multiple sclerosis or arthritis, necessitate that a drug be injected into a patient regularly, such as every day or every week. The drug is available under the form of prefilled drug delivery devices, such as prefilled syringes. Usually, the patient is trained to self-injection and is capable to proceed to the injection of the drug by himself.

    [0006] Anyway, when the patient needs to travel for a significant time period, he needs to bring the drug with him, for example under the form of a prefilled syringe. Prefilled syringes are items that need to be transported cautiously. Moreover, once used, the needle of the syringe should be protected to avoid accidental needle sticks. In addition, used prefilled syringes with needles must be discarded in specific containers intended for receiving sharp items such as needles, as well as potential contaminated medical devices.

    [0007] Document US2014/251847 A1 discloses a container for an injection device with an injection needle.

    [0008] There is therefore a need for a packaging allowing safe storage and transportation of a prefilled drug delivery device or syringe, before and after use.

    [0009] The present invention relates to a packaging for storing at least one drug delivery device comprising a container provided at its distal end with a distal tip

    [0010] covered by a shield in a before use storage configuration of the drug delivery device, said shield being intended to be removed from said distal tip at time of use and a distal end of said distal tip being intended to bear a needle during use of the drug delivery device, the packaging comprising:
    • a support comprising at least:
      • one first holding means configured for receiving at least part of said shield in the before use storage configuration of said drug delivery device,
      • one second holding means configured for receiving at least a distal part of said needle when said needle is born by said distal tip in an after use storage configuration of said drug delivery device,
    • an envelope configured to enclose said drug delivery device, when said shield is received in said first holding means in the before use storage configuration of the drug delivery device and when said distal part of said needle is received in said second holding means in the after use storage configuration of said drug delivery device, said envelope being configured to be closed by said support.


    [0011] The packaging of the invention is particularly intended to be used for storing a prefilled drug delivery device. For example, the envelope is configured to enclose the prefilled drug delivery device before use of said drug delivery device, when the shield is received within the first holding means, and to enclose the drug delivery device after use, when at least a distal part of the needle is received within said second holding means.

    [0012] The packaging of the invention allows storing, transporting, using and discarding a prefilled drug delivery device safely. In particular, thanks to the packaging of the invention, the drug delivery device is located at a specific location of the packaging before use and at a further specific location of the packaging after use and it may be transported safely before and after use before being discarded in an appropriate container.

    [0013] In embodiments, the packaging of the invention may allow storing more than one prefilled drug delivery device. For example, the support may comprise more than one first holding means and/or more than one second holdings means, thereby allowing storing a plurality of prefilled drug delivery devices before and after use.

    [0014] In embodiments, said second holdings means are configured for further receiving at least a distal part of said distal tip. For example, the second holdings means are configured for receiving the whole needle and a distal part of the distal tip, when the drug delivery device is in the after use storage configuration.

    [0015] In the present document, by the expression "the needle is born by the distal tip" is meant that the needle may be born either directly by the distal tip of the drug delivery device, in which case the needle is usually a staked or an overmoulded needle, or via a needle hub mounted onto the distal tip of the drug delivery device, in which case the distal tip as such is free of any needle.

    [0016] When the needle is born directly by said distal tip in the before use storage configuration of said drug delivery device, the shield is preferably configured for covering said needle. For example, the shield may be made of a rigid material. The shield allows therefore protecting the needle and its distal end so that accidental needle stick injuries may be avoided. Suitable rigid materials for forming such rigid needle shields may be selected from polyethylene, polypropylene, polycarbonate and/or combinations thereof. The shield may further comprise a part made of a soft material such as rubber, elastomeric polymer and/or combinations thereof.

    [0017] Alternatively, when the distal tip is free of any needle in the before use storage configuration of said drug delivery device, the shield may then be made of a material selected from rubber, elastomeric polymers and/or combinations thereof. The packaging may therefore further comprise a needle hub bearing a needle, said needle hub being configured for being mounted onto a distal end of said distal tip once the shield has been removed from said distal tip.

    [0018] In embodiments, the first holding means and the second holding means are fixed to said support, for example in a permanent way. This allows the drug delivery device to be safely positioned before and after use. In addition, such embodiments allow using the support for removing the shield from the drug delivery device bearing the needle before use. Indeed, prefilled drug delivery devices may be used on a regular basis by patients suffering for example from arthritis. Due to arthritis, patients' fingers hurt and are no more capable of completing precise and effort demanding gestures. These patients regularly experiment difficulties in removing the shield protecting the distal tip of the drug delivery device, as it requires to firmly handle relatively small items using both hands, like the shield on one hand, and the container of the drug delivery device on the other hand. Thanks to the packaging of the invention, the patients may use the whole support in lieu and place of the shield during the operation of removing the shield from the drug delivery device. This removal step is therefore facilitated for them.

    [0019] In embodiments, the first holding means comprise a first cavity configured to receive at least part of said shield and first gripping means configured to retain said shield fixed to said cavity. The first gripping means may be further configured to retain said shield within said cavity in a permanent way. The patient is therefore ensured that the shield will remain into the support when he removes the drug delivery device from the shield before use.

    [0020] For example, a proximal end of said shield being attached onto said distal tip, said first gripping means comprise flexible legs capable of being snap-fitted onto said proximal end of said shield. Alternatively or in combination, said first gripping means may hold the shield onto a distal end of said shield.

    [0021] In embodiments, the second holding means comprise a second cavity configured to receive at least a distal part of said needle. Advantageously, the second cavity is configured to further receive at least a distal part of said distal tip. The second holding means may comprise second gripping means configured to retain said distal part of said distal tip within said second cavity. The needle and the distal part of the distal tip are therefore safely positioned after use, the needle being contained within said second cavity. The user and any other person who could come into contact with the device are therefore protected from accidental needle-stick injuries that could occur with the used needle.

    [0022] In embodiments, the second gripping means comprise flexible tongs retaining said distal part of said distal tip by friction-fit engagement.

    [0023] Alternatively or in combination, the second cavity may comprise an inner plug configured for embedding a distal part of the needle. By inserting the needle within the plug, the plug may also help, in addition to the gripping means, in securing the used drug delivery device in a stable position into the packaging after use.

    [0024] In embodiments, the support and the envelope form a rigid case.

    [0025] The support may comprise a distal transversal wall forming a bottom of the rigid shell and may be easily positioned on a table so that the user may hold the shell with one hand and, with the other hand :
    • either remove the drug delivery device from the first holding means of the support, optionally mount a needle hub bearing a needle onto the distal tip of the drug delivery device if the distal tip is free of any needle, in order to proceed to the injection, and/or
    • insert the drug delivery device bearing the needle inside the second holding means of the support after use in order to protect the used needle.


    [0026] In embodiments, said first cavity has an elongated shape extending proximally from the support along a first longitudinal axis C and said second cavity has an elongated shape extending proximally from the support along a second longitudinal axis D. For example, said first cavity and said second cavity may have a cylindrical shape, such as a sleeve.

    [0027] In embodiments, said first longitudinal axis C and second longitudinal axis D are parallel to each other. The first cavity and the second cavity may for example extend parallel to each other from a common wall of the support.

    [0028] In embodiments, wherein said envelope extends proximally from said support along a central longitudinal axis B, said first and second cavities are located on either side of a plane including said central longitudinal axis B, said first and second longitudinal axes C and D being inclined towards said central longitudinal axis B, so that a proximal end of the container of said drug delivery device is substantially located on the central longitudinal axis B when said shield is received in said first holding means in the before use storage configuration of the drug delivery device or when said distal part of said needle is received in said second holding means in the after use storage configuration of said drug delivery device. In such embodiments, in particular, when the support and the envelope form together a rigid case, such an arrangement of the first and second cavities allow the drug delivery device to be held sufficiently away from a wall of the envelope when said drug delivery device is stored within the packaging, while providing a compact packaging easy to transport.

    [0029] In embodiments, the packaging further comprises a tactile and/or visual indicator configured to inform a user that the distal part of said needle is received in said second holding means in the after use storage configuration of said drug delivery device.

    [0030] For example, said indicator comprises a peg capable of circulating in an open channel provided in a wall of the support and communicating with said second cavity, said peg being capable of moving from a retracted position, in which said peg is neither visible nor feelable by a user to an exposed position in which said peg may be seen and/or felt by the user, said peg being caused to move from said retracted position to said exposed position upon insertion of the distal part of said needle into said second cavity.

    [0031] In alternative embodiments, the envelope comprises a film having a resealable opening. The packaging may therefore be opened through said opening in order to remove the drug delivery device from the packaging and therefore proceed to the injection. After injection, once the used needle has been inserted into the second holding means, the user may reseal the opening in the film, and thereby close the packaging. He may then safely carry the packaging holding the drug delivery device with the used needle until he discards the whole packaging into an appropriate container.

    [0032] In embodiments, the packaging may further comprise medical items selected from anesthetic pads, alcohol swabs, sticky plasters and combinations thereof, for example located within the envelope. The packaging may further comprise instructions for use, for example printed onto the film forming the envelope, or printed onto a folded sheet inserted into the envelope.

    [0033] In embodiments, the packaging may further comprise a sheet bearing instructions for use, said sheet being folded on itself and positioned between the drug delivery device stored in said packaging in its before use storage configuration and an inner wall of the envelope, so that said sheet pops up from the packaging when a user removes the envelope from the support. In embodiments, said sheet may be folded on itself and over a piston rod of the drug delivery device. In other embodiments, the sheet may be folded on itself in a concertinaed way and sandwiched between a proximal end of the plunger rod and an inner surface of a proximal wall of the envelope. A proximal end of the sheet may be removably attached to said inner surface of a proximal wall of the envelope and a distal end of the sheet may be removably attached to the proximal end of the plunger rod. The sheet may therefore be unfolded and further detached by the user as he removes the envelope form the support. The use of the packaging is therefore facilitated for the user as he needs not looking for the instructions for use, such instructions for use being made readily available for him.

    [0034] The invention will now be described in details, with reference to the enclosed drawings in which :
    • Figure 1 is a cross section view of a prefilled drug delivery device comprising a distal tip bearing a needle and a shield protecting the needle,
    • Figure 2 is a perspective view of a first embodiment of a packaging of the invention with a prefilled drug delivery device contained therein,
    • Figure 3 is a perspective top view of the support of the packaging of Figure 2,
    • Figure 4 is a cross section perspective view of the support of Figure 3,
    • Figure 5 is a perspective view of the step of removing the drug delivery device from the packaging of Figure 2,
    • Figure 6 is a perspective view of the step of repositioning the drug delivery device after use inside the packaging of Figure 2,
    • Figure 7 is a cross section view of a second embodiment of a packaging of the invention,
    • Figure 8 is a cross section view of the packaging of Figure 7 with the shield of a drug delivery device received in the first holding means,
    • Figure 9 is a cross section view of the packaging of Figure 7 with the needle and a distal part of the distal tip received in the second holding means,
    • Figure 10 is a partial cross section view of a shield of a drug delivery device received in the first holding means in the case where the distal tip of the drug delivery device is free of any needle in the before use storage configuration of said drug delivery device,
    • Figure 11 is a perspective cross section view of a needle hub that may be mounted on the distal tip of the drug delivery device of Figure 10,
    • Figure 12 is a cross section view of an alternative embodiment of the first cavity of the packaging of the invention,
    • Figure 13 is an alternative embodiment of a second cavity of the packaging of the invention,
    • Figure 14 is a side view of the packaging of Figures 7-9 provided with a folded sheet bearing information such as instructions for use,
    • Figure 15 is a schematic side view of another embodiment of the packaging of Figures 7-9 provided with a folded sheet bearing information such as instructions for use, at the time the user begins to open the packaging,
    • Figure 16 is a schematic side view of the packaging of Figure 15 once the packaging is completely open.


    [0035] With reference to Figure 1 is shown a prefilled drug delivery device 1 having a longitudinal axis A. The prefilled drug delivery device 1 comprises a container 2 for receiving the drug 3 to be injected. In the example shown in Figure 1, the container 2 comprises at its distal end a distal tip 8 bearing a needle 4. In the example shown, the needle 4 is directly born by the distal tip 8. The container 2 is closed at its proximal end by a stopper 5. In the before use storage configuration of the drug delivery device 1, as shown in Figure 1, the needle 4 is covered by a shield 6 so as to protect it from outside contamination and so as to ensure tightness with the drug 3 contained into the container 2. The shield 6 further protects the user from accidental needle-stick injuries. The shield 6 is preferably made from a rigid material. Suitable materials for forming the shield 6 may be selected from polyethylene, polypropylene, polycarbonate and/or combinations thereof. The shield 6 may further comprise a part made of a soft material such as rubber, elastomeric polymer and/or combinations thereof.

    [0036] In the example shown, a piston rod 7 is attached to the stopper 5. In embodiments not shown, the piston rod could be separate from the stopper 5.

    [0037] In the example shown in Figure 1, the proximal end 6a of the shield 6 is attached to the distal tip 8 of the drug delivery device 1. Moreover, the container 2 is provided at its proximal end with a flange 9. The flange 9 may help the user hold the drug delivery device 1 with the index and middle fingers while his thumb is pushing on the piston rod 7.

    [0038] With reference to Figure 2, is shown a first embodiment of a packaging 10 of the invention. The packaging 10 comprises a support 11 and an envelope 12. The envelope 12 is shaped and dimensioned so as to enclose the prefilled drug delivery device 1 before use, when the shield 6 is received within first holding means described below, as well as to enclose the drug delivery device 1 after use, when at least a distal part of the needle is received within second holding means further described below.

    [0039] The envelope 12 preferably extends proximally from the support 11 along a longitudinal axis B.

    [0040] The envelope 12 preferably comprises :
    • An open distal end 20 closed by the support 11,
    • A proximal end 21 which is closed,
    • A front side 22, and
    • A back side 23.


    [0041] In embodiments, instructions for use may be printed on the front side 22 of the envelope 12 or on a label attached to the front side of the envelope 12. Alternatively, instructions for use may be folded and inserted into the packaging such as shown on Figure 14. Although not shown, the packaging 10 may further include medical items such as for example anesthetic pads, alcohol swabs or sticky plasters, that may be located within the envelope.

    [0042] The packaging 10 is preferably configured to be :
    • Open so a user may have access to the drug delivery device located within the packaging, and/or
    • Closed to prevent access to a drug delivery device located within the packaging.


    [0043] To that purpose, according to one embodiment, the envelope may be removably attached to the support. According to this embodiment, the envelope forms a removable closure from the support, the envelope being configured to be:
    • Either attached to the support in order to form with the support a pouch enclosing the drug delivery device when it is at least partially inserted into one of the first or second holding means of the support; or
    • removed from the support.


    [0044] According to an embodiment, the envelope may be permanently fixed to the support. In such an embodiment, the envelope comprises an opening 13 allowing access to the drug delivery device enclosed into the envelope. In embodiments, the opening 13 is a resealable opening.

    [0045] According to the embodiment of Figures 2-6, the envelope 12 may comprise a rigid part and a flexible part. For example, as represented on Figure 2, the envelope 12 may comprise a rigid frame 24 supporting a flexible film 25. For example, the rigid frame 24 may present a U-shaped body supporting a front part 26 of the flexible film 25 closing the front side 22 of the envelope 12 and a back part 27 (see Figures 5 and 6) of the flexible film 25 closing the back side 23 of the envelope 12. Alternatively, in embodiments not shown, the envelope may comprise a rigid shell and an opening lid attached to the rigid shell via a hinge. Alternatively, the envelope may comprise a back rigid shell and a front flexible film. The flexible film may be for example a plastic film, such as a polypropylene film or a polyethylene film.

    [0046] With reference to Figures 2-6, the support 11 has the shape of a rigid shell having a bottom wall 11a. Suitable materials for forming the rigid shell may be selected from polypropylene, polyoxymethylene, polycarbonate, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and/or combinations thereof.

    [0047] With reference to Figures 2-6, the support 11 is configured so as to be able to stand in a substantially stable position when positioned on a horizontal surface, so that the drug delivery device 1 extends substantially vertically when it is at least partially inserted into one of the first or second holding means of the support, as will appear from the description below.

    [0048] The support 11 comprises first holding means configured for receiving at least part of the shield 6 of a prefilled drug delivery device 1, such as the one shown in Figure 1. The first holding means may be configured to retain the shield of the drug delivery device when the drug delivery device is pulled out from the support. The first holding means are then configured to remove the shield from a drug delivery device. To that purpose, the first holding means may comprise a first cavity configured to receive the shield and first gripping means configured to retain the shield within the cavity.

    [0049] On the example shown on Figures 3 and 4, the first holding means comprise a first cavity 14a defined by an elongate casing 14 extending proximally from the support 11 along a first longitudinal axis C, the first cavity 14a being shaped and dimensioned so as to be capable of receiving the shield 6 of the prefilled drug delivery device 1, such as the one shown in Figure 1, before use.

    [0050] The distal end of the elongate casing 14 is closed by the bottom wall 11a as shown on Figure 4. In the example shown, the elongate casing 14 has a cylindrical shape and is fixed to the bottom wall 11a of the rigid shell 11 in a permanent way. The elongate casing 14 is provided at its proximal end with flexible legs 15 provided with an inner rim 16. The shield 6 may therefore be retained within the first cavity 14a thanks to the flexible legs 15 being snap-fitted onto said proximal end of said shield 6.

    [0051] The support 11 further comprises second holding means configured for receiving at least a distal part of the needle and optionally a distal part of the distal tip after use, preferably permanently. To that purpose, the second holding means preferably comprise a second cavity configured to receive the needle and a distal part of the distal tip and second gripping means configured to retain the needle and at least a part of the distal tip within the second cavity.

    [0052] On the example shown on Figures 2-6, the second holding means comprise a second cavity 17a, defined by an elongated lodging 17 extending proximally from the support 11 along a second longitudinal axis D, the second cavity 17a being shaped and dimensioned so as to be capable of receiving the used needle 4 and a distal part of the distal tip 8 of the drug delivery device 1 after use. On the example shown, the elongated lodging 17 has a cylindrical shape and is provided at its proximal end with radial flexible tongs 18 forming second gripping means for retaining the used needle and the distal tip 8 inside the elongated lodging 17 after use. In particular, the flexible tongs 18 may retain the distal tip 8 inside the elongated lodging 17 by friction-fit engagement or retention teeth engagement.

    [0053] With reference to Figure 4, the second cavity 17a comprises an inner plug 19 in which the distal end of the needle 4 may be embedded.

    [0054] Suitable materials for forming the inner plug 19 may be selected from rubber, elastomeric polymers and/or combinations thereof.

    [0055] The presence of the inner plug 19 allows maintaining the used drug delivery device 1 in a stable position once repositioned into the packaging 10.

    [0056] In the example shown in Figures 3 and 4, the first cavity 14a and the second cavity 17a are located close to each other and their longitudinal axes are parallel to each other, in the support 11. The packaging 10 is therefore compact.

    [0057] With reference to Figures 2-6, the use of the packaging 10 will now be described.

    [0058] With reference to Figure 2, the packaging 10 is shown before use. The shield of the drug delivery device 1 is retained within the first cavity 14a. The envelope 12 encloses the drug delivery device 1 and closes the packaging 10. As appears from this Figure, in the before use position of this embodiment, the drug delivery device 1 extends substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis B of the packaging 10.

    [0059] Once the user wishes to use the drug delivery device 1, he opens the envelope 12 via the opening 13. With reference to Figure 5, the user then removes the drug delivery device 1 from the elongate casing 14, while the shield 6 remains retained within the first cavity 14a thanks to the flexible legs 15 being snap-fitted onto the proximal end of the shield 6. The user may pull on the drug delivery device 1 in the direction of the arrow F1 of Figure 5 with one hand, while maintaining the support 11 with the other hand (not shown). The step of removing the shield from the needle is therefore facilitated for people suffering from arthritis for example. The needle is therefore uncovered and the user may use the device in order to proceed to the injection.

    [0060] Once the injection is completed, the user may approach the distal end of the used needle to the elongated lodging 17, and insert at least a distal part of the needle inside the second cavity 17a and the inner plug 19, so as to embed the distal part of the needle therein. The distal end of the needle is therefore protected and accidental needle stick injuries are avoided. Moreover, the drug delivery device 1 is maintained in a stable position.

    [0061] The user may then close the packaging by covering the used drug delivery device 1 with the envelope 12 and may reseal the opening 13. The user may then transport the used drug delivery device 1 safely until he is able to throw the whole packaging away in a specific container.

    [0062] With reference to Figures 7-9 is shown a second embodiment of the packaging of the invention, in which the first longitudinal axis C and the second longitudinal axis D are inclined towards the central longitudinal axis B of the envelope and in which the support and the envelope form altogether a rigid case. Suitable materials for forming the rigid case may be selected from polypropylene, polyoxymethylene, polycarbonate, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and/or combinations thereof.

    [0063] The packaging 100 of Figures 7-9 comprises a support 111 and an envelope 112, both made of a rigid material. The support 111 may be closed by the envelope 112 by friction fit engagement of the support 111 in the envelope 112. On Figures 7-9, the packaging 100 is shown in a closed configuration and therefore forms a rigid case capable of receiving a prefilled drug delivery device in a before use storage configuration and/or in an after use storage configuration.

    [0064] With reference to Figures 7-9, the support 111 comprises a first cavity 114a defined by an elongate casing 114 extending proximally from the support 111 along a first longitudinal axis C. The first cavity 114a is configured to receive the shield 6 of the drug delivery device 1 in a before use storage configuration of the drug delivery device 1, as shown in Figure 8. The distal end of the elongate casing 114 is closed by a wall 111a of the support 111 and is therefore fixed to the support 111 in a permanent way. In the example shown, the elongate casing 114 has a cylindrical shape and is provided at its proximal end with flexible legs 115 provided with an inner rim 116. With reference to Figure 8, the drug delivery device 1 is in its before use storage configuration and is inserted in the support 111 via its shield 6 being retained within the first cavity 114a thanks to the flexible legs 115 being snap-fitted onto the proximal end 6a of the shield 6.

    [0065] Still with reference to Figures 7-9, the support 111 comprises a second cavity 117a defined by an elongated lodging 117 extending proximally from the support 111 along a second longitudinal axis D. The second cavity 117a is shaped and dimensioned so as to be capable of receiving the used needle 4 and a distal part of the distal tip 8 of the drug delivery device 1 after use. On the example shown, the elongated lodging 117 has a cylindrical shape and extends from the wall 111a of the support 111. The elongated lodging 117 is provided at its proximal end with radial flexible tongs 118. At the distal end of the elongated lodging 117, the wall 111a of the support 111 is provided with an open channel 111b allowing the distal end of the second cavity 117a to communicate with the exterior of the packaging 100.

    [0066] The second cavity 117a further includes an inner plug 119. The inner plug 119 is preferably made of a soft material such as rubber or an elastomeric polymer. In the example shown, the distal end of the inner plug 119 is provided with a protruding part, under the form of a peg 120. As will appear later in the description, the inner plug 119 is configured so as to be capable of sliding within the second cavity 117a along the second longitudinal axis D, and the peg 120 is shaped and dimensioned so as to be capable of circulating within the open channel 111b. In a before use position of the packaging 100 or in the before use storage configuration of the drug delivery device 1, the peg 120 is contained within the second cavity 117a and is neither visible nor feelable by a user.

    [0067] With reference to Figure 9, in the after use storage configuration of the drug delivery device 1, the whole needle 4 and a distal part of the distal tip 8 of the drug delivery device 1 are received in the second cavity 117a. The distal part of the needle 4 is embedded in the inner plug 119. Moreover, the flexible tongs 118 retain the distal tip 8 inside the second cavity by 117a friction-fit engagement or retention teeth engagement.

    [0068] In addition, the inner plug 119 has been pushed distally in the second cavity 117a, upon the pressure exerted by the distal tip 8 of the drug delivery device 1 coming in contact with a proximal end of the inner plug 119, thereby causing the peg 120 to move from a retracted position located within the second cavity 117a, as shown in Figures 7 or 8, to an exposed position, at a distal end of the open channel 111b and close to the exterior of the packaging 100, where said peg 120 may be seen and/or felt by a user, as shown in Figure 9.

    [0069] As appears from Figure 7, the envelope 112 extends proximally from the support 111 along a central longitudinal axis B. The first and second cavities (114a, 117a) are located on either side of a plane including the central longitudinal axis B. The first longitudinal axis C of the first cavity 114a and the second longitudinal axis D of the second cavity 117a are both inclined towards the central longitudinal axis B. As will appear from the description below, such an arrangement of the first and second cavities (114a, 117a) allow the drug delivery device 1 to be held sufficiently away from a wall of the envelope 112 when said drug delivery device 1 is stored within the packaging 100.

    [0070] With reference to Figures 8-9, the use of the packaging 100 will now be described.

    [0071] The packaging 100 is provided to a user in the before use storage configuration of the drug delivery device 1, as shown in Figure 8. The drug delivery device 1 is inserted in the support 111 via its shield 6 being retained within the first cavity 114a with the flexible legs 115 snap-fitted onto a proximal end 6a of the shield 6. In this configuration, the longitudinal axis A of the drug delivery device 1 and the first longitudinal axis C of the first cavity 114a are confounded. As a result, a proximal end of the container of the drug delivery device 1 is substantially located on the central longitudinal axis B of the envelope 112. As appears from Figure 8, the drug delivery device 1 is as a consequence maintained at a certain distance away from the walls of the envelope 112. Moreover, the drug delivery device 1 is maintained in a stable position thanks to its shield 6 being safely secured within the first cavity 114a.

    [0072] The user is therefore ensured that the drug delivery device 1 has not been in contact with the walls of the envelope 112 during the storage and that potential contamination of the drug delivery device has been avoided.

    [0073] In this position also, the peg 120 is in a retracted position, within the second cavity 117a, where it is hidden from the view of the user.

    [0074] When the user is ready to proceed to the injection, he may open the rigid case formed by the support 111 and the envelope 112 by removing the envelope 112 from the support 111. The user then removes the drug delivery device 1 from the first cavity 114a, while the shield 6 remains retained within said first cavity 114a thanks to the flexible legs 115 being snap-fitted onto the proximal end 6a of the shield 6. The user may pull on the drug delivery device 1 with one hand, while maintaining the support 111 with the other hand. The step of removing the shield 6 from the needle 4 is therefore facilitated for people suffering from arthritis for example. The needle 4 is therefore uncovered and the user may use the device in order to proceed to the injection.

    [0075] Once the injection is completed, the user may approach the distal end of the used needle 4 towards the second cavity 117a. The user inserts the needle 4 inside the second cavity 117a and inside the inner plug 119 so as to embed the needle 4 therein. During this step, the distal end of the distal tip 8 comes in contact with the proximal end of the inner plug 119. While the user continues to push distally on the drug delivery device 1, the distal end of the distal tip 8 pushes the inner plug 119 which is caused to slide distally within the second cavity 117a. As a result, the peg 120 is caused to move distally and enters the open channel 111b of the wall 111a of the support 111.

    [0076] As shown in Figure 9, when the drug delivery device 1 is in its after use storage configuration, the peg 120 protrudes outside the open channel 111b and becomes visible and feelable to the user. The peg 120 has therefore moved from its retracted position to its exposed position. In this configuration, the distal end of the needle 4 is protected and accidental needle stick injuries are avoided. Moreover, the drug delivery device 1 is maintained in a stable position thanks to the flexible tongs 118 retaining the distal part of the distal tip 8 within the second cavity 117a.

    [0077] The user may then close the packaging 100 back by covering the used drug delivery device 1 with the envelope 112 and fit the envelope 112 on the support 111. In this configuration, as shown in Figure 9, the longitudinal axis A of the drug delivery device 1 and the second longitudinal axis D of the second cavity 117a are confounded and a proximal end of the container of the drug delivery device 1 is substantially located on the central longitudinal axis B of the envelope 112, thereby allowing the used drug delivery device 1 to be maintained at a certain distance away from the walls of the envelope 112.

    [0078] The arrangement of the first and second cavities (114a; 117a) in the support 111, with their respective longitudinal axes (C, D) inclined towards the central longitudinal axis B of the envelope 112 allows the drug delivery device 1 to be held sufficiently away from a wall of the envelope 112 when said drug delivery device 1 is stored within the packaging, while rendering the packaging 100 compact and easy to transport.

    [0079] The user may therefore transport the used drug delivery device 1 in the rigid case formed by the support 111 and envelope 112 safely until he is able to throw the whole packaging 100 away in an appropriate container.

    [0080] The envelope of the packaging may further comprise information such as instructions for use.

    [0081] With reference to Figure 14, is shown the packaging 100 of Figures 7-9, further comprising a sheet 130, for example made of paper. The sheet 130 may contain information such as instructions for use. In the before use storage configuration of the drug delivery device 1, the sheet 130 is folded on itself and over the piston rod 7 of the drug delivery device 1, so that it is made directly available to the user when the user proceeds to the opening of the packaging 100 as shown on Figure 14. For example, the sheet 130 may be folded in a way so that said sheet 130 pops up from the packaging 100 when the user removes the envelope 112 from the support 111. The use of the packaging is therefore facilitated for the user, who will not waste time searching for the instructions for use.

    [0082] With reference to Figures 15 and 16, is shown the packaging of Figures 7-9, further comprising a sheet 140, for example made of paper. The sheet 140 may contain information such as instructions for use. In the before use storage configuration of the drug delivery device 1, the sheet 140 is folded on itself in a concertinaed way and sandwiched between a proximal end 7a of the plunger rod 7 and an inner surface of a proximal wall 112a of the envelope 112. A first glue dot 141 links a proximal end 140a of the folded sheet 140 to the inner surface of the proximal wall 112a. A second glue dot 142 links a distal end 140b of the folded sheet 140 to the proximal end 7a of the piston rod 7. The first glue dot 141 shows an attachment force greater than that of the second glue dot 142. As a result, when the user pulls on the envelope 112 in a view of opening the packaging 100, the sheet 140 slowly unfolds as its proximal end 140a remains attached to the inner surface of the proximal wall 112a of the envelope 112 and its distal end 140b is drawn in the distal direction together with the piston rod 7, as shown on Figure 15. When the sheet 140 is completely unfolded, the user releases the second glue dot 142 from the plunger rod, as shown in Figure 16. The user may then remove completely the sheet 140 from the envelope 112 by keeping on pulling on the distal end 140b of the sheet 140, until the first glue dot 141 comes off and separates from the inner surface of the proximal wall 112a of the envelope 112. The use of the packaging is therefore facilitated for the user, who will not waste time searching for the instructions for use.

    [0083] With reference to Figures 10 and 11, are shown partial views of an alternative embodiment of a packaging 200 of the invention, when the distal tip 208 of the drug delivery device 201 is free of any needle in the before use storage configuration of the drug delivery device 201. In such embodiments, the shield 206 of the drug delivery device 201 may be formed from a soft material, such as a rubber or an elastomeric polymer.

    [0084] As shown in Figure 10, the shield 206 covers the distal tip 208 of the drug delivery device 201 and is received within the first cavity 214a of the support 211 of the packaging 200 when the drug delivery device 201 is in its before use storage configuration. The shield 206 may be retained within the first cavity 214a by means of flexible legs 215 forming first gripping means.

    [0085] In such embodiments, the packaging 200 may therefore further comprise a needle hub 220, as shown in Figure 11. The needle hub 220 comprises a hub 221 bearing a needle 4 and a proximal sleeve 222 defining a conical recess 223 configured to be fitted onto the distal tip 208.

    [0086] In such embodiments, when the user is ready to proceed to the injection, he may remove the drug delivery device 201 from the first cavity 214a while the shield 206 remains retained within said first cavity 214a thanks to the flexible legs 215 being snap-fitted onto the shield 206. The user has therefore in hands a drug delivery device 201 provided with a distal tip 208 free of any needle. The user may then grasp the needle hub 220 provided in the packaging 200 and mount said needle hub 220 onto the distal tip 208 by fitting the conical recess 223 onto said distal tip 208. The user is thereby provided with a drug delivery device 201 provided with a needle 4 and he may proceed to the injection.

    [0087] Once the injection is completed, the user may simply insert the used needle into the second cavity (not shown) in the same manner as described in the above description for embodiments of Figures 2-9, without having to remove the needle hub 220 from the distal tip 208.

    [0088] With reference to Figure 12 is shown an alternative embodiment of a first cavity 314a of a support 311 of a packaging 300 of the invention in which the first gripping means retain the shield 306 of the drug delivery device (not shown) fixed to said first cavity 314a thanks to a cooperation with a distal end of said shield 306.

    [0089] With reference to this Figure, the first cavity 314a is defined by a port 314 comprising flexible legs 315. The shield 306 is provided with a distal outer rim 306a. As shown in this Figure, in the before use storage configuration of the drug delivery device, the flexible legs 315 are snap-fitted onto the distal outer rim 306a of the shield 306, thereby forming first gripping means retaining the shield 306 fixed to the cavity 314a.

    [0090] With reference to Figure 13, is shown an alternative embodiment of a second cavity 417a of a support 411 of a packaging 400 of the invention in which the second gripping means are configured for being snap-fitted onto the needle 4. With reference to this Figure, the second cavity 417a is defined by an elongated lodging 417 configured for receiving at least a distal part of the needle 4. The elongated lodging 417 is provided at its proximal end with flexible legs 418 provided with inner rims 418a. The flexible legs 418 and their inner rims 418a are made of a flexible metal allowing and are capable of being snap-fitted to the needle 4 so as to retain said needle 4 within the second cavity 417.

    [0091] The packaging of the invention allows safely storing and transporting a prefilled drug delivery device, before and after use.


    Claims

    1. Packaging (10; 100; 200; 300; 400) for storing at least one drug delivery device (1; 201) comprising a container (2) provided at its distal end with a distal tip (8; 208; 408) covered by a shield (6; 206) in a before use storage configuration of the drug delivery device, said shield (6; 206) being intended to be removed from said distal tip (8; 208; 408) at time of use and a distal end of said distal tip (8; 208; 408) being intended to bear a needle (4) during use of the drug delivery device, the packaging comprising :

    - a support (11; 111; 211; 311; 411) comprising at least:

    - one first holding means (14, 14a; 114, 114a; 214a; 314a) configured for receiving at least part of said shield (6; 206; 306) in the before use storage configuration of said drug delivery device,

    - one second holding means (17, 17a; 117, 117a; 417, 417a) configured for receiving at least a distal part of said needle (4) when said needle is born by said distal tip (8; 408) in an after use storage configuration of said drug delivery device,

    - an envelope (12; 112) configured to enclose said drug delivery device (1; 201), when said shield is received in said first holding means in the before use storage configuration of the drug delivery device and when said distal part of said needle is received in said second holding means in the after use storage configuration of said drug delivery device, said envelope being configured to be closed by said support.


     
    2. Packaging (10; 100; 200; 300) according to claim 1, wherein said second holding means are configured for further receiving at least a distal part of said distal tip (8; 208; 408).
     
    3. Packaging (200) according to claim 1 or 2, wherein said distal tip (208) being free of any needle in the before use storage configuration of said drug delivery device (201), said packaging further comprises a needle hub (220) bearing a needle (4), said needle hub being configured for being mounted onto a distal end of said distal tip (208) once the shield (206) has been removed from said distal tip.
     
    4. Packaging (10; 100; 200; 300) according to any one of claims 1-3, wherein said first holding means comprise a first cavity (14a; 114a, 214a; 314a) configured to receive at least part of said shield (6; 206; 306) and first gripping means (15, 16; 115, 116, 215; 315) configured to retain said shield (6; 206; 306) fixed to said cavity (14a; 114a, 214a; 314a).
     
    5. Packaging (10; 100) according to claim 4, wherein a proximal end (6a) of said shield (6) being attached onto said distal tip (8), said first gripping means comprise flexible legs (15; 115) capable of being snap-fitted onto said proximal end (6a) of said shield (6).
     
    6. Packaging (10; 100) according to any one of claims 1-5, wherein said second holding means comprise a second cavity (17a; 117a) configured to receive said needle (4) and at least a distal part of said distal tip (8) and second gripping means (18; 118) configured to retain said needle (4) and said distal part of said distal tip (8) within said second cavity (17a; 117a).
     
    7. Packaging (10; 100) according to claim 6, wherein said second gripping means comprise flexible tongs (18; 118) retaining said distal tip (8) by friction-fit engagement.
     
    8. Packaging (10; 100) according to claim 6 or 7, wherein said second cavity (17a; 117a) further comprises an inner plug (19; 119) configured for embedding a distal part of the needle (4).
     
    9. Packaging (100) according to any one of claims 1-8, wherein said support (111) and said envelope (112) form a rigid case.
     
    10. Packaging (10; 100) according to claims 4 and 6, wherein said first cavity (14a; 114a) has an elongated shape extending proximally from the support along a first longitudinal axis C and said second cavity (17a; 117a) has an elongated shape extending proximally from the support along a second longitudinal axis D.
     
    11. Packaging (10) according to claim 10, wherein said first longitudinal axis C and second longitudinal axis D are parallel to each other.
     
    12. Packaging (100) according to claim 10, wherein said envelope (112) extends proximally from said support (111) along a central longitudinal axis B, said first and second cavities (114a, 117a) are located on either side of a plane including said central longitudinal axis B, said first and second longitudinal axes C and D being inclined towards said central longitudinal axis B, so that a proximal end of the container (2) of said drug delivery device (1) is substantially located on the central longitudinal axis B when said shield (6) is received in said first holding means (114, 114a) in the before use storage configuration of the drug delivery device (1) or when said distal part of said needle (4) is received in said second holding means (117, 117a) in the after use storage configuration of said drug delivery device (1).
     
    13. Packaging (100) according to any one of claims 1-12, further comprising a tactile and/or visual indicator (120) configured to inform a user that the distal part of said needle (4) is received in said second holding means (117, 117a) in the after use storage configuration of said drug delivery device (1).
     
    14. Packaging (100) according to claim 13, wherein said indicator comprises a peg (120) capable of circulating in an open channel (111b) provided in a wall (111a) of the support (111) and communicating with said second cavity (117a), said peg (120) being capable of moving from a retracted position, in which said peg is neither visible nor feelable by a user to an exposed position in which said peg may be seen and/or felt by the user, said peg (120) being caused to move from said retracted position to said exposed position upon insertion of the distal part of said needle (4) into said second cavity (117a).
     
    15. Packaging (10) according to any one of claims 1-8, wherein said envelope (12) comprises a film having a resealable opening (13).
     
    16. Packaging (10; 100) according to any one of claims 1-15, further comprising medical items selected from anesthetic pads, alcohol swabs, sticky plasters and combinations thereof, for example located within the envelope (12; 112).
     
    17. Packaging (100) according to any one of claims 1-16, further comprising a sheet (130; 140) bearing instructions for use, said sheet being folded on itself and positioned between the drug delivery device (1) stored in said packaging in its before use storage configuration and an inner wall of the envelope (112), so that said sheet (130; 140) pops up from the packaging (100) when a user removes the envelope (112) from the support (111).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Verpackung (10; 100; 200; 300; 400) zum Lagern mindestens einer Medikamentenabgabevorrichtung (1; 201), einen Behälter (2) umfassend, der an seinem distalen Ende mit einer distalen Spitze (8; 208; 408), die in einer Lagerungskonfiguration vor der Nutzung der Medikamentenabgabevorrichtung durch einen Schutz (6; 206) abgedeckt ist, wobei der Schutz (6; 206) dazu vorgesehen ist, zur Nutzungszeit von der distalen Spitze (8; 208; 408) abgenommen zu werden, und ein distales Ende der distalen Spitze (8; 208; 408) dazu vorgesehen ist, während der Nutzung der Medikamentenabgabevorrichtung eine Nadel (4) zu tragen, wobei die Verpackung umfasst:

    - eine Auflage (11; 111; 211; 311; 411), mindestens Folgendes umfassend:

    - ein erstes Haltemittel (14, 14a; 114, 114a; 214a; 314a), das in der Lagerungskonfiguration vor der Nutzung der Medikamentenabgabevorrichtung zur Aufnahme mindestens eines Teils des Schutzes (6; 206; 306) konfiguriert ist,

    - ein zweites Haltemittel (17, 17a; 117, 117a; 417; 417a), das in einer Lagerungskonfiguration nach der Nutzung der Medikamentenabgabevorrichtung zur Aufnahme mindestens eines Teils der Nadel (4) konfiguriert ist, wenn die Nadel durch die distale Spitze (8; 408) getragen wird,

    - eine Hülle (12; 112), die konfiguriert ist, um die Medikamentenabgabevorrichtung (1; 201) einzuschließen, wenn der Schutz in der Lagerungskonfiguration vor der Nutzung der Medikamentenabgabevorrichtung in dem ersten Haltemittel aufgenommen ist, und wenn der distale Teil der Nadel in der Lagerungskonfiguration nach der Nutzung der Medikamentenabgabevorrichtung in dem zweiten Haltemittel aufgenommen ist, wobei die Hülle konfiguriert ist, um durch die Auflage geschlossen zu werden.


     
    2. Verpackung (10; 100; 200; 300) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die zweiten Haltemittel konfiguriert sind, um weiter mindestens einen distalen Teil der distalen Spitze (8; 208; 408) aufzunehmen.
     
    3. Verpackung (200) nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei die distale Spitze (208) in der Lagerungskonfiguration vor der Nutzung der Medikamentenabgabevorrichtung (201) frei von jeder Nadel ist, wobei die Verpackung weiter einen Nadelansatz (220) umfasst, der eine Nadel (4) trägt, wobei der Nadelansatz konfiguriert ist, um auf ein distales Ende der distalen Spitze (208) montiert zu werden, sobald der Schutz (206) von der distalen Spitze abgenommen worden ist.
     
    4. Verpackung (10; 100; 200; 300) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 3, wobei die ersten Haltemittel einen ersten Hohlraum (14a; 114a, 214a; 314a) umfassen, der konfiguriert ist, um mindestens einen Teil des Schutzes (6; 206; 306) aufzunehmen, und erste Greifmittel (15, 16; 115, 116, 215; 315), die konfiguriert sind, um den Schutz (6; 206; 306), der in dem Hohlraum (14a; 114a, 214a; 314a) fixiert ist, zurückzubehalten.
     
    5. Verpackung (10; 100) nach Anspruch 4, wobei ein proximales Ende (6a) des Schutzes (6) an der distalen Spitze (8) angebracht ist, wobei die ersten Greifmittel flexible Schenkel (15; 115) umfassen, die in der Lage sind, in das proximale Ende (6a) des Schutzes (6) einzuschnappen.
     
    6. Verpackung (10; 100) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 5, wobei die zweiten Haltemittel einen zweiten Hohlraum (17a; 117a) umfassen, der konfiguriert ist, um die Nadel (4) und mindestens einen distalen Teil der distalen Spitze (8) aufzunehmen, und zweite Greifmittel (18; 118), die konfiguriert sind, um die Nadel (4) und den distalen Teil der distalen Spitze (8) innerhalb des zweiten Hohlraumes (17a; 117a) zurückzubehalten.
     
    7. Verpackung (10; 100) nach Anspruch 6, wobei die zweiten Greifmittel flexible Zangen (18; 118) umfassen, die die distale Spitze (8) durch Reibschlusseingriff zurückbehalten.
     
    8. Verpackung (10; 100) nach Anspruch 6 oder 7, wobei der zweite Hohlraum (17a; 117a) weiter einen Inneneinsatz (19; 119) umfasst, der konfiguriert ist, um einen distalen Teil der Nadel (4) einzubetten.
     
    9. Verpackung (100) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 8, wobei die Auflage (111) und die Hülle (112) ein starres Gehäuse bilden.
     
    10. Verpackung (10; 100) nach den Ansprüchen 4 und 6, wobei der erste Hohlraum (14a; 114a) eine längliche Form aufweist, die sich proximal von der Auflage entlang einer ersten Längsachse C erstreckt, und der zweite Hohlraum (17a; 117a) eine längliche Form aufweist, die sich proximal von der Auflage entlang einer zweiten Längsachse D erstreckt.
     
    11. Verpackung (10) nach Anspruch 10, wobei die erste Längsachse C und die zweite Längsachse D parallel zueinander sind.
     
    12. Verpackung (100) nach Anspruch 10, wobei sich die Hülle (112) proximal von der Auflage (111) entlang einer zentralen Längsachse B erstreckt, wobei sich der erste und zweite Hohlraum (114a, 117a) auf jeder Seite einer Ebene befinden, die die zentrale Längsachse B beinhaltet, wobei die erste und zweite Längsachse C und D zur zentralen Längsachse B geneigt sind, sodass sich ein proximales Ende des Behälters (2) der Medikamentenabgabevorrichtung (1) im Wesentlichen auf der zentralen Längsachse B befindet, wenn der Schutz (6) in der Lagerkonfiguration vor der Nutzung der Medikamentenabgabevorrichtung (1) in den ersten Haltemitteln (114, 114a) aufgenommen ist, oder wenn der distale Teil der Nadel (4) in der Lagerkonfiguration nach der Nutzung der Medikamentenabgabevorrichtung (1) in den zweiten Haltemitteln (117, 117a) aufgenommen ist.
     
    13. Verpackung (100) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 12, weiter einen fühlbaren und/oder visuellen Anzeiger (120) umfassend, der konfiguriert ist, um einen Nutzer zu informieren, dass der distale Teil der Nadel (4) in der Lagerkonfiguration nach der Nutzung der Medikamentenabgabevorrichtung (1) in den zweiten Haltemitteln (117, 117a) aufgenommen ist.
     
    14. Verpackung (100) nach Anspruch 13, wobei der Anzeiger einen Zapfen (120) umfasst, der in der Lage ist, in einem offenen Kanal (111b), der in einer Wand (111a) der Auflage (111) bereitgestellt ist, zu zirkulieren und mit dem zweiten Hohlraum (117a) zu kommunizieren, wobei der Zapfen (120) in der Lage ist, sich von einer eingezogenen Position, in der der Zapfen durch einen Nutzer weder sichtbar, noch fühlbar ist, zu einer offengelegten Position zu bewegen, in der der Zapfen durch den Nutzer gesehen und/oder gefühlt werden kann, wobei der Zapfen (120) dazu veranlasst wird, sich beim Einführen des distalen Teils der Nadel (4) in den zweiten Hohlraum (117a) von der eingezogenen Position zu der offengelegten Position zu bewegen.
     
    15. Verpackung (10) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 8, wobei die Hülle (12) einen Film umfasst, der eine wiederverschließbare Öffnung (13) aufweist.
     
    16. Verpackung (10; 100) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 15, weiter medizinische Artikel umfassend, die aus Narkosekissen, Alkoholtupfern, Klebepflastern und Kombinationen daraus ausgewählt werden, die sich beispielsweise in der Hülle (12; 112) befinden.
     
    17. Verpackung (100) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 16, weiter ein Blatt (130; 140) umfassend, das Instruktionen zur Nutzung trägt, wobei das Blatt zusammengefaltet ist und zwischen der in der Lagerkonfiguration vor der Nutzung gelagerten Medikamentenabgabevorrichtung (1) und einer Innenwand der Hülle (112) positioniert ist, sodass das Blatt (130; 140) aus der Verpackung (100) auftaucht, wenn ein Nutzer die Hülle (112) von der Auflage (111) abnimmt.
     


    Revendications

    1. Emballage (10 ; 100 ; 200 ; 300 ; 400) pour ranger au moins un dispositif d'administration de médicament (1 ; 201) comprenant un contenant (2) pourvu au niveau de son extrémité distale d'une pointe distale (8 ; 208 ; 408) recouverte par un protecteur (6 ; 206) dans une configuration de rangement avant utilisation du dispositif d'administration de médicament, ledit protecteur (6 ; 206) étant destiné à être retiré de ladite pointe distale (8 ; 208 ; 408) au moment de l'utilisation et une extrémité distale de ladite pointe distale (8 ; 208 ; 408) étant destinée à porter une aiguille (4) pendant l'utilisation du dispositif d'administration de médicament, l'emballage comprenant :

    - un support (11 ; 111 ; 211 ; 311 ; 411) comprenant au moins :

    - un premier moyen de maintien (14, 14a ; 114, 114a ; 214a ; 314a) configuré pour recevoir au moins une partie dudit protecteur (6 ; 206 ; 306) dans la configuration de rangement avant utilisation dudit dispositif d'administration de médicament,

    - un deuxième moyen de maintien (17, 17a ; 117, 117a ; 417, 417a) configuré pour recevoir au moins une partie distale de ladite aiguille (4) lorsque ladite aiguille est portée par ladite pointe distale (8 ; 408) dans une configuration de rangement après utilisation dudit dispositif d'administration de médicament,

    - une enveloppe (12 ; 112) configurée pour enfermer ledit dispositif d'administration de médicament (1 ; 201), lorsque ledit protecteur est reçu dans ledit premier moyen de maintien dans la configuration de rangement avant utilisation du dispositif d'administration de médicament et lorsque ladite partie distale de ladite aiguille est reçue dans ledit deuxième moyen de maintien dans la configuration de rangement après utilisation dudit dispositif d'administration de médicament, ladite enveloppe étant configurée pour être fermée par ledit support.


     
    2. Emballage (10 ; 100 ; 200 ; 300) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel lesdits deuxièmes moyens de maintien sont configurés pour recevoir en outre au moins une partie distale de ladite pointe distale (8 ; 208 ; 408).
     
    3. Emballage (200) selon la revendication 1 ou 2, dans lequel ladite pointe distale (208) étant dépourvue de toute aiguille dans la configuration de rangement avant utilisation dudit dispositif d'administration de médicament (201), ledit emballage comprend en outre un raccord d'aiguille (220) portant une aiguille (4), ledit raccord d'aiguille étant configuré pour être monté sur une extrémité distale de ladite pointe distale (208) une fois que le protecteur (206) a été retiré de ladite pointe distale.
     
    4. Emballage (10 ; 100 ; 200 ; 300) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 3, dans lequel lesdits premiers moyens de maintien comprennent une première cavité (14a ; 114a, 214a ; 314a) configurée pour recevoir au moins une partie dudit protecteur (6 ; 206 ; 306) et des premiers moyens de préhension (15, 16 ; 115, 116, 215 ; 315) configurés pour retenir ledit protecteur (6 ; 206 ; 306) fixé à ladite cavité (14a ; 114a, 214a ; 314a).
     
    5. Emballage (10 ; 100) selon la revendication 4, dans lequel une extrémité proximale (6a) dudit protecteur (6) étant attachée sur ladite pointe distale (8), lesdits premiers moyens de préhension comprennent des pattes flexibles (15 ; 115) capables de s'encliqueter sur ladite extrémité proximale (6a) dudit protecteur (6).
     
    6. Emballage (10 ; 100) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 5, dans lequel lesdits deuxièmes moyens de maintien comprennent une deuxième cavité (17a ; 117a) configurée pour recevoir ladite aiguille (4) et au moins une partie distale de ladite pointe distale (8) et des deuxièmes moyens de préhension (18 ; 118) configurés pour retenir ladite aiguille (4) et ladite partie distale de ladite pointe distale (8) dans ladite deuxième cavité (17a ; 117a).
     
    7. Emballage (10 ; 100) selon la revendication 6, dans lequel lesdits deuxièmes moyens de préhension comprennent des pinces flexibles (18 ; 118) retenant ladite pointe distale (8) par engagement d'ajustement serré.
     
    8. Emballage (10 ; 100) selon la revendication 6 ou 7, dans lequel ladite deuxième cavité (17a ; 117a) comprend en outre un bouchon interne (19 ; 119) configuré pour incorporer une partie distale de l'aiguille (4).
     
    9. Emballage (100) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 8, dans lequel ledit support (111) et ladite enveloppe (112) forment un boîtier rigide.
     
    10. Emballage (10 ; 100) selon les revendications 4 et 6, dans lequel ladite première cavité (14a ; 114a) a une forme allongée s'étendant de manière proximale à partir du support le long d'un premier axe longitudinal C et ladite deuxième cavité (17a ; 117a) a une forme allongée s'étendant de manière proximale à partir du support le long d'un deuxième axe longitudinal D.
     
    11. Emballage (10) selon la revendication 10, dans lequel ledit premier axe longitudinal C et ledit deuxième axe longitudinal D sont parallèles.
     
    12. Emballage (100) selon la revendication 10, dans lequel ladite enveloppe (112) s'étend de manière proximale à partir dudit support (111) le long d'un axe longitudinal central B, lesdites première et deuxième cavités (114a, 117a) sont situées de chaque côté d'un plan comportant ledit axe longitudinal central B, lesdits premier et deuxième axes longitudinaux C et D étant inclinés vers ledit axe longitudinal central B, de sorte qu'une extrémité proximale du contenant (2) dudit dispositif d'administration de médicament (1) soit essentiellement située sur l'axe longitudinal central B lorsque ledit protecteur (6) est reçu dans lesdits premiers moyens de maintien (114, 114a) dans la configuration de rangement avant utilisation du dispositif d'administration de médicament (1) ou lorsque ladite partie distale de ladite aiguille (4) est reçue dans lesdits deuxièmes moyens de maintien (117, 117a) dans la configuration de rangement après utilisation dudit dispositif d'administration de médicament (1).
     
    13. Emballage (100) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 12, comprenant en outre un indicateur tactile et/ou visuel (120) configuré pour informer un utilisateur que la partie distale de ladite aiguille (4) est reçue dans lesdits deuxièmes moyens de maintien (117, 117a) dans la configuration de rangement après utilisation dudit dispositif d'administration de médicament (1).
     
    14. Emballage (100) selon la revendication 13, dans lequel ledit indicateur comprend un tenon (120) capable de circuler dans un canal ouvert (111b) prévu dans une paroi (111a) du support (111) et de communiquer avec ladite deuxième cavité (117a), ledit tenon (120) pouvant se déplacer d'une position rétractée, dans laquelle ledit tenon n'est ni visible ni palpable par un utilisateur à une position exposée dans laquelle ledit tenon peut être vu et/ou ressenti par l'utilisateur, ledit tenon (120) étant amené à se déplacer de ladite position rétractée à ladite position exposée lors de l'insertion de la partie distale de ladite aiguille (4) dans ladite deuxième cavité (117a).
     
    15. Emballage (10) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 8, dans lequel ladite enveloppe (12) comprend un film ayant une ouverture refermable (13).
     
    16. Emballage (10 ; 100) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 15, comprenant en outre des articles médicaux choisis parmi des compresses anesthésiques, des tampons alcoolisés, des emplâtres collants et leurs combinaisons, par exemple situés dans l'enveloppe (12 ; 112).
     
    17. Emballage (100) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 16, comprenant en outre une feuille (130 ; 140) portant des instructions d'utilisation, ladite feuille étant pliée sur elle-même et positionnée entre le dispositif d'administration de médicament (1) rangé dans ledit emballage dans sa configuration de rangement avant utilisation et une paroi interne de l'enveloppe (112), de sorte que ladite feuille (130 ; 140) surgisse de l'emballage (100) lorsqu'un utilisateur retire l'enveloppe (112) du support (111).
     




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