Potential of 3D printed medicines for paediatric and geriatric use – Presented by Fang Liu, University of Hertfordshire

Potential of 3D printed medicines for paediatric and geriatric use – Presented by Dr Fang Liu,University of Hertfordshire at The 3D Medicine & Pharmaceutical Printing Conference which will take place on  Feb 01, 2017 at MECC Maastricht in The Netherlands.

Children and older adults (aged over 65 years) differ in many aspects from the adult population and require specific considerations in pharmaceutical development. A high level of interest was sparked in pharmaceutical industry and academia in developing paediatric formulations by the new EU legislation for the regulation of medicinal products for children which came in force in 2007. Challenges in developing paediatric formulations include physiological changes, flexible dosing, excipient safety and palatability of the formulation. Similar issues exist for medicines for older adults; however, there are specific considerations for geriatric patients such as dysphagia, polypharmacy and co-morbidity.

The presentation will discuss challenges and opportunities in developing age-appropriate formulations for paediatric and geriatric patients, and the potential of using 3D printing to offer unique solutions.

About Dr Fang Liu
Dr Fang Liu is currently a Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery in the Department of Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Postgraduate Medicine, University of Hertfordshire. She obtained her PhD in UCL School of Pharmacy, London in 2008 and undertook a Post-Doctoral research position before taking lectureship at University of Hertfordshire. Dr Liu’s research interest lies in the development of age-appropriate formulations for paediatric and geriatric populations. She is a member of the European Paediatric Formulation Initiatives (EuPFI) and leads the Age-Appropriate Formulations Work Stream.

About University of Hertfordshire
The University of Hertfordshire is the UK’s leading business-facing University and an exemplar in the sector.  It is innovative and enterprising and challenges individuals and organisations to excel.
The University of Hertfordshire is one of the region’s largest employers with over 2,700 staff and a turnover of more than £235 million. With a student community of over 24,500 including more than 2,000 international students from over eighty five different countries, the University has a global network of over 165,000 alumni.

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