3D Printed Medicines- Is it possible

Medicines are the most required thing in someone’s life when he is ill. Medicines usually manufactured in factories. But do you know recently one medicine get approval from FDA (Food and Drug Administration) which is manufactured using 3D Printing technology?

Welcome to Engineering Master. In this article, we will discuss 3D Printing medicine and Spritam tablets which is the 1st ever 3D printed medicine.

3D Printing medicines allow layers of medication to be packaged more tightly in precise dosage. It points to a future of more personalized medicines. 3D Printing medicines may be custom- ordered (based on patient needs) so that one drug can cure patient’s problem.

Aprecia, an Ohio based pharmaceutical company, manufactured World 1st 3D Printed medicine- Spritam, which is used to control seizures brought on by epilepsy. This medicine is approved by US Federation and Drug Administration (FDA). The medicine dissolves more quickly on contact with liquid which makes it easier to swallow as compared to conventional tablets.

3D printing has already been adopted in other medical fields which includes printing new bone for custom shaped bone and in dental implants as well as in producing personalized prosthetics. This is the first time when this technology is approved for the production of drugs.

As 3D printed Spritam tablets are changing the physical structure of pill, other researchers are working on the development of new drug at the molecular level using this technology.

Image credits- Aprecia pharmaceuticals

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