3D Printed Pills Could Change The Medication World
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently given approval to a drug that is “printed” by a 3-D printer. Produced by Aprecia Pharmaceuticals, this pill treats seizures and is expected to hit the market in the first quarter of 2016.
The drug, Spritam, has been on the market for years and reduces seizures in people suffering from epilepsy. The new version of Spritam is 3D printed by very precisely spewing out one layer of the substance on top of another. This process allows a high drug load, up to 1,000 mg, to be packed into a single dose and is seven times faster to make than the normal production time.
NPR’s Rob Stein reported that “The FDA had previously approved medical devices made with 3-D printing. The company that makes Spritam says the 3-D-printed version of the drug allows it to dissolve more quickly, which makes it easier to swallow.”
This technology enables medical institutions to make personalized medications by slightly altering the printing ingredients to best fit the patient’s individual body and medical needs.
3D printing is currently being used to make machine parts, prosthetics, guns, and so much more. The future of 3D printing has no signs of stopping. What do you think will be the next product to be 3D printed?
Are you in favor or against 3D printed medications?
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Reader – What is your opinion on taking a pill that was produced by a 3D printer?