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1. (WO1991017103) TABLET DISPENSER WITH LOCKING MEANS
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CEAIMS:

1. A tablet dispensing container having: (a) a housing having a dispensing aperture and a -reciprocating element aperture opposing each other therein; (b) a reciprocating element having a means far acccrana-lating a tablet and an upper surface, the reciprocating element being attached to the housing and extending through the reciprocating element aperture and being biased such that the means for acxx-ramodating a tablet blocks the dispensing aperture of the housing when at rest forming an enclosure, the tablet accx-amodatir-g means being adapted to receive a tablet frcm inside the enclosure and, upon reciprocation of the reciprocating element, pass the tablet frcm inside the enclosure to the exterior of the enclosure through the dispensing aperture, thereby dispensing a tablet; characterized in that the dispensing container includes: a locking means for selectively preventing reciprocation of the reciprx-cating elements; the locking means being selectively manually moveable between a locked and an unlocked position, the locking means being adapted to remain in either the locked or the unlocked position until manually moved to the other position.

2. A tablet dispensing container accx-rding to Claim 1 wherein the lcx--king means is associated with the lower end of the reciprocating element.

3. A tablet dispensing container according to Claim 2 wherein the locking means is a locking wheel which has a dispensing opening therein attached to the lower end of the tubular sleeve, in the locked position the wheel limits movement of the reciprocating element preventing tablet dispensing and in the unlocked position the wheel permitting movement of the reciprocating element through the dispensing opening and permitting tablet dispensing.

4. A tablet dispensing container according to Claim 1 wherein the locking means is associated with upper end of the reciproca1--ing element.

5. A tablet dispensing container according to Claim 4 wherein reciprocating element further cαπprises an outer annular wall depending from the upper surface, and wherein the locking means includes a female part located on one of either the outer depending wall of the reciprocating element αr the upper end of the housing, and a cooperating male part extending frcm the other of the outer depending wall of the -reciprocating element αr the upper end of the housing, the male and the female parts being aligned in the unlocked position permitting reciprocation of the reciprocating element and being offset in the locked position preventing reciprocation of the -reciprocating element.

6. A tablet dispensing container according to Claim 5 wherein the female part is located on the outer depending wall of the reciprocating element and the male part is located on the housing.

7. A tablet dispensing container according to any one of Claims 1-6 wherein the locking means includes a tactile signal and an audible signal indicating arrival of the locking means at the unlocked position.

8. A tablet dispensing container according to Claim 7 wherein the tactile signal and the audible signal are provided by an offset annular ring attached to the locking means and having a notch therein which is forced against a ridge attached to the interior of the hex-sing creating the signals.

9. A tablet dispensing container according to any one of Claims 1-8 wherein the locking means includes a visual signal -Ln±Lcating when the locking means is in the unlocked position.