DRUG MADE WITH 3-D PRINTER WINS FIRST FDA APPROVAL
People and businesses are making all sorts of things with 3-D printers, including gadgets, toys and jewelry.
Food and Drug Administration
The active ingredient in the SPRITAM isn’t new, but what is new is the method Aprecia Pharmaceuticals
used to make it, according to the company. The company says its process for printing the drug makes
the pill smaller and faster dissolving. That pleases longtime nurse and vice president
at the Epilepsy Foundation, who’s seen her patients struggle with their current medicines.
“Some people do have trouble swallowing them," she says of the sometimes very large pills.
"They take multiple medications, and it just is difficult.”
She says it can be especially hard for caregivers who have to administer medicine to children and the elderly.
Medical economist Jeff Bauer says 3-D printing will eventually change the way drugs are made and make
them more tailored for individual patients. He also projects “it should dramatically reduce the costs of
over-prescribing or the costs of under-prescribing.”
Some economists complain the push for customized drugs will make them more expensive. But Bauer
argues the tailoring of individuals drugs, with just enough of the right medicine, will bring down costs.
David Dean, who
Aprecia Pharmaceuticals says the new drug will be available next year, and the company plans to
3-D print more medicines in the future.
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