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This is the first FDA-approved 3-D printed drug

This is the first FDA-approved 3-D printed drug
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Could this be the first step toward a future where you fill your prescriptions at home on your 3-D printer? You can't 3-D print this new drug yourself, but it is manufactured using 3-D printing. There are some incredible benefits because of the process.

The epilepsy medicine dubbed Spritam is the first drug that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for human consumption. This is huge news for the world of medicine as well as the development of 3-D printing (3DP).

3-D printers work by layering material over and over again until a physical product is created. The 3-D printer used for this medication bound the powder of the medicine together to form a porous pill that dissolves quickly with liquid.

The dissolving feature of Spritam makes taking the medication much easier. Most epilepsy medicine comes in the form of a large pill, but this small, dissolvable tablet will help the elderly and small children take medication with ease.

“By combining 3DP technology with a highly-prescribed epilepsy treatment, Spritam is designed to fill a need for patients who struggle with their current medication experience,” Don Wetherhold, Chief Executive Officer of Aprecia, the company behind the drug, said in an official statement.

The 3DP work doesn't stop there, though. “This is the first in a line of central nervous system products Aprecia plans to introduce as part of our commitment to transform the way patients experience taking medication," Wetherhold continued.

Not only does Spritam dissolve quickly, but the consistency of the medication created by 3DP means that patients will get the exact amount of medicine they need every time. I think this idea is great, but what do you think?

Is 3-D printing the way medication will be produced from now on or is it just a passing fad? Tell me by commenting below.

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Source: Quartz
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