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Patent Issued for System to Verify Identity of Patient Receiving Medication and Monitoring the Dispensing of Medication to the Patient Including...

September 11, 2014



Patent Issued for System to Verify Identity of Patient Receiving Medication and Monitoring the Dispensing of Medication to the Patient Including Monitoring the Development of the Medication Form Where

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- PVM International, Inc. (West Hills, CA) has been issued patent number 8818820, according to news reporting originating out of Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews editors.

The patent's inventor is Mehdizadeh, P. Vincent (West Hills, CA).

This patent was filed on February 10, 2011 and was published online on August 26, 2014.

From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "The present invention relates to a computer software system and method of monitoring medication dispensed to a patient from a retail establishment such as a pharmacy and verifying the identity of the patient to whom the medication is dispensed and whether the patient's authorization to acquire the medication has not expired.

"The present invention also relates to a computer software system to fully monitor the entire process of creation of the medication to verify authenticity of the medication.

"To the best of the present inventor's knowledge, there is no system comparable to the present invention which is available on the market."

Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "The present invention is a point-of-sale system that is used at pharmacies and other retail outlets where the identity of the individual purchasing medication needs to be verified. In one embodiment, the system incorporates magnetic swipe cards that have refillable monetary amounts that are deducted every time the patient is dispensed medication. The system also incorporates fingerprint verification to insure the correct patient's identity as well as determine whether the patient's physician's statement to acquire the medication has not expired. The system will allow retail operators to track inventory as well as demonstrate compliance with local and state laws regarding dispensing medications including herbal medications.

"In some situations, there is no monitoring of the amount of times a patient uses a prescription for an herbal medication. In some cases, patients have abused the system by obtaining refills for prescription herbal medications at numerous different pharmacies or other retail establishments which are licensed to fill prescriptions for herbal medications. The present invention provides a software system to accumulate the number of prescription refills used by a patient over a period of time such as a month, two months, six months, etc. and a given geographic area such as a town, section of a city, a city, a state, etc., and transmit that information to a central database where the information is processed to determine if the patient is properly using the prescription to obtain only the prescribed amount of herbal medication allotted for a given period of time. The information is sent by e-mail reports or comparable secure transmission methods at the end of the given period of time to a central database which is controlled by law enforcement, medical boards, or other authorized authorities to confirm proper usage of the herbal prescription by the patient and to intervene and stop abuse of the system.

"It is an object of the present invention to provide a point-of-sale system that is used at pharmacies and other retail outlets where the identity of the individual purchasing medication, including herbal medication, needs to be verified.

"It is another object of the present invention to provide a system which incorporates magnetic swipe cards that have refillable monetary amounts that are deducted every time the patient is dispensed medication.

"It is a further object of the present invention to provide a system which also incorporates fingerprint verification to insure that the identify of the patient is correct before the medication is dispensed to the patient.

"It is an additional object of the present invention to allow retail operators to track inventory as well as demonstrate compliance with local and state laws regarding dispensing medications including herbal medications.

"It is also an object of the present invention to monitor the usage of an herbal prescription by an individual to be sure that the individual is properly using the prescription and not abusing the system by obtaining refills for a prescription at different authorized dispensing outlets which are not in communication with each other. The system transmits all herbal prescription refill usage by a person over a period of time in a selected region to a central database monitored by authorities such as police to confirm compliance by the individual using only the authorized amount of prescription herbal medicine refills and intervening and stopping any abuse of the system by the individual using the prescription to obtain an unauthorized number of refills at different dispensing locations.

"The present invention is also a computer system to fully monitor and authenticate the creation of the medicinal herb including monitoring where the seeds used to grow the plant were obtained from, how and where the seeds were grown to cultivate a plant from which the medicinal herb was harvested and the process by which the harvested portion of the plant was converted into a medicinal herb. The process includes full chain of custody of all personnel involved from obtaining the seeds, cultivating the plant, harvesting the plant and converting the harvested plant into a medicinal herb and transportation of the medicinal herb to a legal dispensary.

"It is an object of the present invention to provide a full authentication and verification process to verify that the medicinal herb was obtained from legally cultivated seeds, the cultivation was conducted in strict compliance with all applicable laws, the harvested portion of the plant was properly obtained and the process of converting the harvested portion of the plant into the medical herb was done in compliance with all applicable laws.

"It is a further object of the present invention to provide a full chain of custody from obtaining the seeds through supplying the medicinal herbs to be certain that the medicinal herbs being dispensed to a patient was obtained in strict compliance with all applicable laws.

"It is an additional object the present invention to provide a system for monitoring the growing of the medicinal herb at a cultivation facility and providing a biometric chain of custody from the time the medicinal herb is grown until it is brought to a clinic for dispensing to patient.

"It is a key object of the present invention to track the evolution of the medicinal herb from immature plant to harvested medicinal herb. All employees and independent contractors would need to log into the system through fingerprint and every step of the process from 'seed to sale' is monitored.

"It is an object of the present invention to provide a method of authentication and verification of a medicinal herb comprising: a. obtaining authentication information on where seeds from which a plant to grow the medicinal herb were obtained, including legal seed selling information about the seed grower, the specific type of special variety of plant seed, and a written chain of custody from the seed grower to the location where the seeds will be grown into plants which is then entered into a computer database; b. obtaining information about whether the seeds were feminized seeds to create only female plants or normal seeds creating both female and male plants, which information is entered into the computer database; c. keeping a computer database record setting forth detailed information about the seed grower, where the seeds were germinated and the shipping documents to confirm the authenticity of the specific seeds including the variety of medicinal herb to be obtained from the seeds; d. entering into the computer database the name, home address and fingerprint information about an individual or individuals who are given possession of the seeds when the seeds arrive at a cultivation facility to grow the seeds into plants, and inputting information on a packet into which the seeds are placed including a specific seed identification number placed on the packet; e. obtaining additional information about the soil used to grow the seeds into plants, the type of grow light used, and nutrients added to the soil, which information is entered into the computer database; f entering into the computer database the location of the cultivation facility and the employees who are in charge of growing the seeds into a plant, the computer database including information about the growing facility, its license to grow the medicinal herb, and the specific greenhouse number where the seeds will be grown into a plant; g. entering into the computer database information on the identification of the employee who planted the seeds into a pot, a label placed on the pot with a corresponding identification number obtained from the packet into which the seeds were placed when they arrived at the cultivation facility from the seed grower; h. entering into the computer database growing information setting forth when the plant began to sprout and the rate of growth of the plant, when the plant began to flower and when herbal buds began to form; i. entering into the computer database the day, date and time when the herbal buds from the plant were trimmed and harvested, including the identity of the individual who did the harvesting, information about when the plant was cut and where the herbal buds were removed from the plant; j. entering into the computer database information including pictures of the trimmed herbal buds, how the harvested buds were dried and cured including the identity of the individual who dried and cured the herbal buds and information on how the herbal buds were treated to become a medicinal herb; k. entering into the computer database information on the packaging of the dried and cured harvested herbal buds including the corresponding identification number placed on a packet containing the dried and cured herbal buds which have been treated to become the medicinal herb, the identity of the individual who packaged the medicinal herb and the shipping information on which shipper, shipping method, invoice, bill of lading and other shipping information of how the medicinal herb was placed in a container and shipped to a dispensing facility; l. entering into the computer database the identity of the individual who received the package of the dried and cured buds at the dispensing facility and complete chain of handling from opening the container in which the package was shipped and into which dispensing medium the medicinal herb was placed including the identification number on the packaging containing the medicinal herb and an identification number of the dispensing medium; and m. entering into the computer database the day, date and time the medicinal herb was dispensed to a person.

"It is also an object of the present invention to provide a method of authentication and verification of a medicinal herb comprising: a. obtaining authentication information on where seeds from which a plant to grow the medicinal herb were obtained including information about the seed grower, and entering into a computer database a written chain of custody from the seed grower to the location where the seeds will be grown into plants; b. keeping a computer database record setting forth detailed information about shipping documents to confirm the authenticity of the specific seeds including the variety of medicinal herb to be obtained from the seeds; c. entering into the computer database the personal and fingerprint information about an individual who is given possession of the seeds when the seeds arrive at a cultivation facility to grow the seeds into a plant, and inputting information on a packet into which the seeds are placed including a specific seed identification number placed on the packet; d. entering into the computer database the location of the cultivation facility and the employees who are in charge of growing the seeds into a plant, the computer database including information about the growing facility, its license to grow the medicinal herb, and the specific greenhouse number where the seeds will be grown into a plant; e. entering into the computer database information on the identification of the employee who planted the seeds into a pot, a label placed on the pot with a corresponding identification number obtained from the packet into which the seeds were placed when they arrived at the cultivation facility from the seed grower; f. entering into the computer database growing information on when the plant began to sprout herbal buds and when the herbal buds were harvested, including the identity of the individual who did the harvesting and a chain of custody information of how the herbal buds were converted into a medicinal herb and which individual performed transforming the herbal buds into a medicinal herb; g. entering into the computer database information on the packaging of the medicinal herb including the corresponding identification number placed on a packet containing the medicinal herb, the identity of the individual who packaged the medicinal herb and shipping from the cultivation facility to a dispensing facility; h. entering into the computer database the identity of the individual who received the medicinal herb at the dispensing facility and complete chain of handling from opening a container in which the package was shipped and into which dispensing medium the medicinal herb was placed including the identification number on the packaging containing the medicinal herb and an identification number of the dispensing medium; and i. entering into the computer database information on how and when the medicinal herb was dispensed to a person.

"It is a further object of the present invention to provide a system comprising: a. a computer system to monitor and authenticate the creation of a medicinal herb including information on where seeds used to grow a plant containing a medicinal herb buds were obtained from, information on how and where the seeds were grown to cultivate the plant, information on when the buds were harvested from the plant and converted into a medicinal herb; and b. computerized information including a full chain a custody of all personnel involved from obtaining the seeds, cultivating the seeds into a plant, harvesting growth from the plant and converting it into a medicinal herb and transportation of the medicinal herb to a dispensing facility and how the medicinal herb was dispensed to a patient.

"It is additionally an object of the present invention to provide a system comprising a computerized database tracking evolution of a medicinal herb from seeds to immature plant to harvested plant material converted into a medicinal herb to verify that the medicinal herb being dispensed to a patient was obtained following all legal requirements from seed planting to dispensing of the medicinal herb.

"Further novel features and other objects of the present invention will become apparent from the following detailed description, discussion and the appended claims, taken in conjunction with the drawings."

For the URL and additional information on this patent, see: Mehdizadeh, P. Vincent. System to Verify Identity of Patient Receiving Medication and Monitoring the Dispensing of Medication to the Patient Including Monitoring the Development of the Medication Form Where the Seeds Are Obt. U.S. Patent Number 8818820, filed February 10, 2011, and published online on August 26, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8818820.PN.&OS=PN/8818820RS=PN/8818820

Keywords for this news article include: Legal Issues, PVM International, PVM International Inc., Software.

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