December 1, 2015

...AND CHEAPER...:

3-D Printers Can Now Make Pills That Deliver A Customized Dose Of Medicine (Adele Peters, 12/01/15, Co.Exist)

In the prototype, researchers can type in individual data from a particular patient, and the algorithm calculates the best dose for them. Then it sends data to a 3-D printer to print out the ideal pill. "Going back to the clothing store analogy...we now custom measure and tailor your suit," Pu says.

It's something that isn't possible today with most drugs. "The biggest challenge currently is technology," he says. "Pills are currently made by customized dies which are not easily adjustable. This keeps the cost down and also speeds up production. However, it also means these mass produced pills cannot be individualized for each unique patient."

The researchers are developing their technology to make it affordable enough to use on a large scale, and tweaking their algorithm to better predict the perfect dose for an individual. But this might be how you get your medicine soon.

Posted by at December 1, 2015 6:25 PM

  

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