Printing pills: FDA approves drugs made using 3D printer

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The US Food and Drugs Administration have approved some new pills – nothing new there it would seem – except these tablets were 3D-printed. The makers hope the technology can be used more widely in the field of medicine.

Aprecia is the pharmaceutical company behind the new drug called Spritam. The firm also has the distinction of printing the first product that has been approved by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) for use inside the human body.

The pills are used to treat epilepsy in adults and children. The tablets unique structure makes them dissolve much quicker than other drugs on the market, which sufferers say are difficult to swallow. The drug is expected to be released by early 2016.

The tablet is made by 3D-printing layers of the powdered drug and then binding the powder together. The makers of the pills say their technology will also allow doctors and pharmacists to know the exact dose being administered.

Read full report via RT.