FDA Approves First 3-D Printed Drug

3-D printing has been around in various forms since the 1980s, originally as a means of quickly producing affordable prototypes for the manufacturing industry. Recently, researchers have found some amazing healthcare and biological applications for 3-D printing technology. From custom prosthetics to living tissue, 3-D printing is a versatile means of providing cost effective and individualized care to patients.

This game-changing technology just took a giant leap forward in the pharmaceutical industry. On August 3, 2015, Aprecia Phramaceuticals, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it’s SPRITAM drug for the treatment of epilepsy. The company claims that SPRITAM is the first drug ever approved by the FDA that is manufactured using 3-D printing technologies.

3-D printing has been around in various forms since the 1980s, originally as a means of quickly producing affordable prototypes for the manufacturing industry. Recently, researchers have found some amazing healthcare and biological applications for 3-D printing technology. From custom prosthetics to living tissue, 3-D printing is a versatile means of providing cost effective and individualized care to patients.

This game-changing technology just took a giant leap forward in the pharmaceutical industry. On August 3, 2015, Aprecia Phramaceuticals, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it’s SPRITAM drug for the treatment of epilepsy. The company claims that SPRITAM is the first drug ever approved by the FDA that is manufactured using 3-D printing technologies.

3-D printing of medications will allow doctors to know that the medicine they’re prescribing delivers the exact dose intended, as each pill will be completely uniform and tailored for the individual patient. Such a capability opens the door to a number of fascinating distribution options as well, including the eventual possibility of printing personalized medicine in one’s own home.

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