Personalized medications can be produced with high precision through 3D printing

Personalized medications based on a patient’s medical and biological profiles can be produced with high precision through 3D printing, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.

Traditional pre-formulated medicines have not allowed for customization that accounts for a patient’s weight, race, and kidney and liver functions. However, adjusting for these factors could be a new way of increasing effectiveness and reducing side effects, researchers explained.

At this meeting, Min Pu, MD, a professor of internal medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, highlighted the potential of 3D printing to significantly advance the practice of precision medicine.

Dr Pu and colleagues developed a prototype computer algorithm, including software for 3D printing with dosage-adjustment information.

After inputting patients’ individual medical and biological characteristics, the software calculates personalized doses and automatically generates 3D printing data. The researchers tested the accuracy and variability of 5 different doses (80 pills) of 3D-printed pills in the testing material.Read more


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