Blog Tag: ResMed

ResMed Announces FDA Clearance of Noninvasive Ventilation Device for COPD Treatment

ResMed announced recently that the FDA had recently cleared its home variable positive airway pressure (VPAP) device for treatment of respiratory disorders such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  According to its press release, one in five patients with stage 3 or 4 COPD hospitalized for acute exacerbations are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days, but by providing better at-home care such readmissions can be avoided.  Geoff Nelson, ResMed’s Respiratory Care business unit president, states in the press release that:

Minimizing the likelihood of acute events that lead to readmissions starts at the point of discharge, sending patients home with the best tools like ResMed’s VPAP COPD to help them breathe better when their lungs have been damaged by the disease.

According to the press release, ResMed’s device customizes the breath delivered to the patient with a rapid inhalation phase and an extended exhalation phase, which can help enable better gas exchange by overcoming air trapping that is common with COPD patients.  ResMed’s press release is available here.

ResMed Sues APEX Medical for Patent Infringement Relating to Respiratory Masks

ResMed Sues APEX Medical for Patent Infringement Relating to Respiratory Masks

ResMed Incorporated has filed a new lawsuit against APEX Medical Corporation and other defendants.  The lawsuit alleges infringement of several patents, including U.S. Patent No. 7,159,587, entitled “Respiratory Mask Having Gas Washout Vent And Gas Washout Vent Assembly For Respiratory Mask.”

According to the Abstract, the ‘587 Patent relates to “a vent assembly suitable for use with a respiratory mask of the type used in CPAP treatment. In one embodiment the vent is made of a thin air permeable membrane.”  Figure 1 from the ‘587 Patent is shown below:

According to the ‘587 Patent, Figure 1 illustrates a “gas washout vent constituted by an opening 26 in the shell 12 across which extends a thin air permeable membrane 28.”  ‘587 Patent, col. 4, lines 41-43.  The ‘587 Patent states that, “[l]ocating the vent in the mask shell results in an improvement in the minimization of CO2 retention within the mask compared to locating the vent as an inline mask component.”  ‘587 Patent, col. 7, lines 5-7.

ResMed alleges that APEX Medical’s WiZARD branded masks infringe the ‘587 Patent.  The complaint and asserted patents are available here.