Will We Really Be Able To 3D Print Our Own Pills and 3D Printed Designer Drugs?
Researchers at the UCL School of Pharmacy of University College London, along with folks at FabRx Ltd, have been toying with weird, 3D-printed pill shapes. They just published findings in a paper that investigates how previously impossible shapes can affect the way a pill works.
At a Ted Talk a chemistry professor explained how he envisions a future in which people can 3d print designer drugs at home…
Weisman believes that one of great advantages of the new technology will be its ability to tailor the contents of a drug for particular needs. This could mean a dose of antibiotics could be made stronger or weaker, depending on the requirements of the patient. It would also mean hospitals or pharmacies would not have to wait for deliveries from pharmaceutical companies. As long as they have the drug in question, they can create the dosage in the medical facility, or drug store.
3D printer snaps together ‘Lego’ to help make drugs
It should soon be possible to download instructions for a particular molecule from the internet, allowing researchers to 3D print it themselves. In addition to making molecules needed for medicine, the machine can also make small molecules used in LEDs and solar panels.