How Does 3D Medicine Work?The pharmaceuticals industry turned over a new leaf earlier this month when the US Food and Drug Administration gave the go-ahead for production of a 3D-printed pill. The step marked the emergence of ‘3D medicine,’ a new term that will categorically shape the future of pharmaceuticals. Intrigued? You’re not alone. The approval made global headlines however not everyone is 100% clear on what 3D medicine means, and how it will impact the pharmaceuticals industry as we know it. Here’s our explanation:
Not an entirely new concept
While the concept of 3D medicine is new, the use of 3D printers to manufacture approved medical devices isn’t. In the past the machines have been used to create FDA approved prosthetics, dentistry implants and more.
The ‘ink’ is substrate and substance
Rather than use plastics, polypropylene or other industrial materials to create medication, pharmaceuticals companies have been using layer upon layer of active ingredient.
The company behind the development of the world’s first 3D pill is US based enterprise, Aprecia Pharmaceuticals. It used 3D printers to create Spritam pills, a medication used to control seizures brought on by epilepsy. It works exactly the same as conventionally manufactured medicine, with the pills dissolving in the mouth and releasing active ingredients. The only real difference is the efficiency in which the medicine is produced.Read more