06 August 2015 | News | By BioSpectrum Bureau
FDA approves world's first 3D printed pill
Its not just organs anymore, even your pill might be printing! The US FDA has given its nod for the world's first 3D-printed pill produced by Ohio-based pharmaceutical company Aprecia. The drug, Spritam levetiracetam, is a new drug to control seizures brought on by epilepsy.
Aprecia said that through its 3D printing platform-ZipDose, it planned to develop other medications for various indications. This technology makes high-dose medications easier to swallow.
The company further said in a statemnet that 3D printing allows a high drug load - up to 1,000 mg - to be delivered in a single dose. The 3-D printing process creates a pill that has "a porous formulation that rapidly disintegrates with a sip of liquid."
Doctors are already using customized, 3-D printing to create implants for patients with injuries and are exploring a wide range of other applications, such as printing human tissue and even whole organs.