3-D Printed Drugs

3-D printers are changing the world and their reach has stretched to pharmaceuticals. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first 3-D-printed pill – Spritam levetiracetam. 3-D-Printed-Drugs_01 3-D-Printed-Drugs_02 The drug company ‘Aprecia’ prints the drug ‘layer by layer’. This offers greater flexibility and control personalizing the drug to user requirements. Aprecia is the first major pharmaceutical company to use 3-D printing for drugs. They now hold over 50 patents protecting the techniques they have developed, giving them a competitive edge through until 2033. However, will this technology go on to shape the future of mass-produced drugs? 3-D-Printed-Drugs_03 Several scenarios are possible. Perhaps we will see a return to an old-fashion high-street pharmacist, carefully prescribing and dispensing ‘bespoke products’ for each visiting patient through 3-D processes. Maybe hospitals will insist on maintaining control of supplies. Then again, could it be that a future public might possess their own 3-D printers to create tablets. The real issue remains with the ‘active ingredients used to create the drugs. Decisions over who is allowed to be in possession of

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these ingredients (centralized or decentralized) will play a major role in any future trajectory. We’ll keep you posted as always!}

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