Towards printed pediatric medicines in hospital pharmacies

by Heidi Öblom, PhD student, Åbo Akademi University

To date, the lack of age-appropriate medicines for many indications require dose manipulation of commercially available dosage forms, which frequently results in inaccurate doses and dose fluctuations. Various printing technologies have recently been explored in the pharmaceutical field due to the flexible and precise nature of the techniques. In this presentation, a conventional method to produce patient-tailored doses for pediatrics at a hospital pharmacy will be compared to 2D and 3D-printed personalized dosage forms. The presentation will, furthermore, discuss the advantages and limitations of each manufacturing method.



Question 1: What drives you?
It is exciting to work in a field that is rapidly moving forward and where I strongly believe that the research that is being done will improve the quality of life for the patients.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
The presentation will discuss if inkjet printing and semisolid extrusion 3D printing are suitable methods for production of patient-specific dosage forms in hospital pharmacies.

Question 3: What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Digitalization in the medical field opens up new opportunities for personalized medicines. Printing techniques have great potential for tailor-made medicines and devices compared to the conventional methods used.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Better treatment outcomes.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Regulatory aspects as well as how patients adjust to these innovative dosage forms that may look different to what they are used to for the past decades.

About Heidi Öblom

Ms. Heidi Öblom is a pharmacist by training (B.Sc., Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU), Finland, 2010) and has many years of experince working in a public pharmacy. She got her Master’s in pharmaceutical sciences from ÅAU in 2016 whereafter she pursued a PhD in the Drug-Delivery and Pharmaceutical Technology Research Group, working on printing of personalized oral dosage forms. She is currently conducting a one-year visit to Prof. Jukka Rantanen’s group at Unversity of Copenhagen to work on inkjet printing of dosage forms.

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