Patent Number: 6,338,007

Title: System and apparatus for the storage and dispensing of items

Abstract: A system and apparatus are described in which modular receptacles are filled and transported to automated dispensing machines for later retrieval and distribution. A system of the present invention includes the loading, refilling, and replacement of the modular receptacles at various stages in the process of the invention. The present invention results in a more efficient and easier to manage system for distribution of such items as medical supplies and drugs.

Inventors: Broadfield; Laird (San Diego, CA), Lee; Patricia M. (Chicago, IL), Seelinger; Paul M. (San Diego, CA), Heffron; David T. (San Diego, CA), Dibelka; Albert W. (Chula Vista, CA), Rodenrys; John J. (La Jolla, CA), Feeney; Robert J. (La Jolla, CA), Calabro; Joseph M. (Del Mar, CA), Conrad; William (Encinitas, CA)

Assignee: PYXIS Corporation

International Classification: A61J 7/00 (20060101); G07F 11/62 (20060101); G07F 11/00 (20060101); G06F 017/00 (); G06F 011/00 (); A47F 001/00 (); G07F 011/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/08/2019