3D-Printed Drugs to Revolutionize Prescription Medicine

You knew it had to happen sooner or later. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the use of a 3D-printed pill. The drug—known as Sprita—is designed to treat specific seizures in people suffering from epilepsy. Expect to see the first pills on your drugstore’s shelf early next year. Aprecia, the pharmaceutical company offering the drug, notes that Sprita is one of many central nervous system products it plans to introduce. 

Advantages of Printing 3D

Printing drugs on a 3D printer has its advantages. Not the least of which is being able control how porous the drug is, which for the consumer means that a pill can be printed to dissolves quickly or slowly—be it by the initial sip of water or slowly in the stomach. Printing a drug also allows for layering the medication, so more of the active ingredient can be put into a smaller pill. This allows drugs to be personalized to the needs of an individual patient as opposed to the one-size-fits-all pills currently being bottled and sold to patients. In other words, your doctor could simply change the dosage and dissolve rate by altering the software. Drugs could also be printed on location where needed, instead of in a factory across the continent or the other side of the globe.

A 3D Drug Printer in Every Pharmacy

Instead of waiting (sometimes a day or two) to get a prescription filled, your pharmacist may soon just hand you your customized bottle of pills printed at the pharmacy. Germany-based 3D Printer Drug Machine is offering a 3D drug printer and special custom drug delivery ingredients to speed and customize the prescription drug process. The unique 3D printers are available in kit form for just $150-$300. According to an article in 3D Print, patients will have their own account in a database driven system, which allows them to order a printed drug as needed.

Drugs Printed at Home

In the very near future, you may be able to print your doctor’s prescription on your home 3D printer. No more standing in line at the pharmacy. While the technology must first be tested in hospitals and medical offices, researchers at University College London (UCL) are currently developing printers and software that will allow you to print pills in various sizes, shapes, colors and doses. Imagine being able to print a pill in the shape of a little gold fish or a pink dinosaur. Or pills that taste like lemon drops. It’s all coming in the brave new world of 3D drug printing.



Emma S.
Emma S.about a year ago

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

.2 years ago

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Dt Nc
Dt Nc3 years ago

I believe people misunderstood the article, the 3D printing allows for some customization of the physical form of the drug, but it does not create the drug itself. The manufacturer still needs to provide the drug. Hence, the need to still go to a pharmacy or doctor.

CLAUDE Hennie3 years ago

And I'll pay my drugs with a printed euro ! Laughable !

Beryl Ludwig
Beryl L3 years ago

This is the most ridivulous story I have ever read here.

Mary B.
Mary B3 years ago

Sometimes I think we've already died and we're inside a new dream where miracles abound, we just don't realize it yet and we're still thinking in the same old way, fighting the same old battles, being sick, poor and victomized. So we cling to a viewpoint and stay stuck in a time warp. Things like 3D printers that can materialize drugs and houses are too big a jump. Can we have one that prints money? How about one that clones gasoline or produces electricity? Food, cothes, long dead pets and loved ones ?

Manuela C.
Manuela C3 years ago

Ok. Interesting, I guess.

Steve McCrea
Steve McCrea3 years ago

It shouldn't be too easy to get drugs. They kill a lot of people. A very conservative study back in around 2000 estimated 120,000 US deaths annually from the side effects of properly prescribed and administered drugs. Last I looked, it was over 200,000! People need to think more carefully about what they are taking and not trust the FDA and drug manufacturers and yes, your doctors to be honest or well-informed about the risks.

And printing drugs as home is just too scary to even consider! "Honey, I forgot to turn the drug printer off!" "Oh, no, little Haley just said she made and ate some lemon drops, now I know what she meant!!!"

---- Steve

Amy C.
Amy C3 years ago

i can't decide if the 3D printer would be in my kitchen or bathroom if i had one