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1. (WO2018111344) DISTRIBUTEUR DE PILULES INDIVIDUELLES
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CLAIMS:

1. A dispenser apparatus, comprising:

a container comprising:

an at least partially enclosed wall that defines an interior cavity to retain a plurality of pills therein;

the at least partially enclosed wall terminates at a neck configured to receive a cap, the neck further comprising a lock at least partially protruding therefrom and being movable in a direction toward the interior cavity;

a neck aperture on the neck that has a size that is as large or larger than a pill of the plurality of pills to be retained in the interior cavity; and

a cap comprising:

an interior recess such that the cap receives and rotationally engages the neck , the cap defines a cap aperture that is selectively rotatably alignable with the neck aperture and with the lock, wherein when the cap aperture and the neck aperture are aligned, a passage between the interior cavity of the container and an outside environment is provided so that a pill may pass therethrough, whereas, when the cap aperture is aligned with the lock, circumferential movement of the cap in either direction is inhibited.

2. The dispenser apparatus of claim 1, wherein the neck aperture is circular.

3. The dispenser apparatus of claim 1, wherein the neck aperture is ovular.

4. The dispenser apparatus of claim 1, wherein a channel extends along an interior surface of the cap away from the cap aperture and is configured to at least partially receive the lock.

5. The dispenser apparatus of claim 1, whereby the lock is supported on a stem such that when the cap aperture is aligned with the lock, at least a portion of the lock protrudes into the cap aperture to inhibit rotational movement of the cap, whereas when the cap aperture is aligned with the neck aperture, the stem is pressed inwardly to protrude at least partially into the interior cavity, thereby releasing the lock.

6. The dispenser apparatus of claim 1, wherein the neck and the cap are configured to interengage one another.

7. The dispenser apparatus of claim 6, wherein the cap comprises an interior channel configured to receive at least a portion of the neck.

8. The dispenser apparatus of claim 6, wherein the neck comprises a bead extending therefrom and at least partially circumferentially extending around the neck, the bead configured to interengage an interior portion of the cap.

9. The dispenser apparatus of claim 1, wherein the cap comprises a sweeper mechanism that extends into an interior portion of the neck of the container.

10. The dispenser apparatus of claim 9, wherein the sweeper mechanism is positioned circumferentially in front of the cap aperture in a direction of rotation of the cap.

11. A method of dispensing a pill, comprising:

providing a dispenser apparatus that comprises: a container comprising an interior cavity and a neck having a lock comprising a protruding portion of the neck and a neck aperture;

a cap configured to engage the neck having a cap aperture that is alignable with the lock when the cap is in a first rotational position and whereby the cap aperture is alignable with the neck aperture when the cap is in a second rotational position, whereby in the first rotational position the lock at least partially inserts into the cap aperture and inhibits rotation of the cap in either direction;

inverting the dispenser apparatus so that a plurality of pills disposed in the interior cavity are moved toward the cap;

moving the lock in a direction toward the interior cavity; and

rotating the cap about the neck from the first rotational position to the second rotational position so that the cap aperture aligns with the neck aperture.

12. The method of claim 11, wherein the neck aperture is circular.

13. The method of claim 11, wherein the neck aperture is ovular.

14. The method of claim 11, wherein the container further comprises a lock at least partially protruding from the neck, and wherein the cap aperture is rotatably alignable with the lock.

15. The method of claim 14, further comprising the step of disengaging the cap aperture from the lock.

16. The method of claim 11, wherein the step of inverting the dispenser apparatus comprises tilting the dispenser apparatus an angle of 90 degrees or greater with respect to an upright position.

17. The method of claim 11, further comprising a sweeper mechanism positioned

circumferentially in front of the cap aperture in a direction of rotation of the cap.

18. A method of dispensing a pill, comprising:

providing a dispenser apparatus that comprises: a container comprising an interior cavity and a neck having a neck aperture therealong, the neck further comprising a lock that is movable in a direction toward the interior cavity; a cap configured to engage the neck and having a cap aperture that is rotationally alignable with the neck aperture;

inverting the dispenser apparatus so that a plurality of pills disposed in the interior cavity are moved toward the cap;

shaking the dispenser so that one or more pills of the plurality of pills are displaced away from the neck aperture; and

rotating the cap about the neck so that the cap aperture rotationally aligns with the neck aperture.

19. The method of claim 18, wherein the neck aperture is circular.

20. The method of claim 18, wherein the neck aperture is ovular.

21. A pill dispenser, comprising:

a container, comprising:

container walls that form an interior cavity for storing pills to be dispensed;

the container walls terminating in a neck at an upper segment thereof, the neck comprising a rounded wall having an outside surface, an inside surface and a lip;

a projection provided on the outside surface of the rounded wall of the neck;

an aperture through the neck;

a cap seated on the neck of the container, the cap, comprising:

a roof plate having a top surface, an underside surface and an annular edge extending downwardly therefrom, the annular edge having an outside surface and an inside surface;

an aperture through the annular edge;

the roof plate further comprising a roof wall extending downwardly from the underside surface thereof, the roof wall having an outside surface, the cap further comprising a peripheral chamber comprising an area between the outside surface of the roof wall and the inside surface of the neck wall, the peripheral chamber having at least a first width;

wherein the first width of the peripheral chamber is less than the thickness of respective pills to be dispensed by the pill dispenser.

22. The pill dispenser of Claim 21, wherein the cap further comprises a pill loading

compartment, the pill loading compartment comprising an indented segment of the roof wall, whereby a distance between the indented segment of the roof wall and the inside surface of the neck comprises a second width, the second width being larger than the first width.

23. The pill dispenser of Claim 21, wherein the peripheral chamber further comprises a pill loading compartment, the pill loading compartment comprising the aperture in the neck and a cap area substantially adjacent thereto.

24. The pill dispenser of Claim 22, wherein the pill loading compartment is substantially aligned with the aperture in the neck.

25. The pill dispenser of Claim 21, wherein the cap further comprises a stop, the stop having a first side a second side.

26. The pill dispenser of Claim 25, wherein the stop extends from the underside surface of the roof plate.

27. The pill dispenser of Claim 25, wherein the stop extends from the inner surface of the annular edge.

28. The pill dispenser of Claim 21, wherein the neck comprises a recess, the recess comprising a stepped down area of the lip, the stepped down area substantially disposed between a first wall and a second wall.

29. The pill dispenser of Claim 28, wherein the cap is rotatable in a first direction and a second direction.

30. The pill dispenser of Claim 29, whereby a sufficient distance of rotation in the first direction causes the first side of the stop to bear against the first wall preventing further rotation in the first direction, and whereby a sufficient distance of rotation in the second direction causes the second side of the stop to bear against the second wall preventing further rotation in the second direction.

31. The pill dispenser of Claim 30, whereby the sufficient distance of rotation in the first direction is approximately 90 degrees and the sufficient distance of rotation in the second direction is approximately 90 degrees.

32. The pill dispenser of Claim 30, whereby rotation in the first direction causes the aperture in the annular edge to substantially align with the aperture in the neck.

33. The pill dispenser of Claim 21, wherein the projection provided on the outside surface of the rounded wall of the neck is carried on a panel that is separated from the rest of neck.

34. The pill dispenser of Claim 21, further comprising a bead disposed on the outer surface of the neck.

35. The pill dispenser of Claim 34, wherein the cap further comprises a circumferential groove disposed on the inside surface of the annular edge, the circumferential grooved being sized and shaped to receive the bead.