It seems like a science fiction movie come to life: a printer can now create medicine. See how 3D printers are changing medicine.
The pharmaceutical company Aprecia recently announced it has gained the US Food and Drug Administration’s (the FDA) approval to begin the process of printing the first 3D pill. Although the process for approving other 3D-printable medications may not be in the near future, it is definitely a technology for pharmaceutical companies to pursue. 3D product design leader, Anuva, understands the push for new technology in medicine and is excited about the programming, manufacturing, and distribution of FDA-approved 3D medication applications.
Aprecia’s new 3D drug, which will be available next year, is used to treat seizures and epilepsy. The medication, Spritam, is advertised as ZipDose technology since it dissolves almost instantaneously with only a tiny amount of water. ZipDose’s porous nature allows the medication to enter the body more rapidly as it is digested.
Aprecia’s CEO Don Wetherhold states, “This is the first in a line of central nervous system products Aprecia plans to introduce as part of our commitment to transform the way patients experience taking medication.” 3D technology is extremely stimulating to the medical community since it allows doctors to prescribe a personalized dosage for each patient in accordance with pain level and/or weight, for instance. Also, with less chance of human error, the dosages will be exactly the same from one medication to the next, and high dosages up to 1000 mg can be printed.
In the future, doctors could send information to a 3D printer at any pharmacy to be picked up by the patient. Going one step further, the 3D printing of prescription medication may eventually occur at home with patients printing medicines using chemical inks and algorithms including the molecular blueprints of specific medicines.
The printing of pills is but a small step for 3D technology. Pharmaceutical companies anticipate a surge in the research and development of new drugs with the advent of 3D printer technology. It is possible that human organs can be printed in the near future, opening the door to drug testing on printed organs while bypassing the need for animal testing as new drugs enter the trial stage of development.
Your business can rely on Anuva for 3D product design processes. Anuva is experienced in 3D printing with their in-house 3D printer; their imaginative team of hardware and software developers, project managers, and business developers can bring on impossible for your business. Call our North Carolina office at (919) 388-3360 to speak with one of our representatives concerning any of your Rapid Prototypings needs or contact via our website Anuva.