The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug made through 3-D printing: a dissolvable tablet that treats seizures. The drug, manufactured by Aprecia Pharmaceuticals, is Spritam for adults and children who suffer from certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. The tablet is manufactured through a layered process via 3-D printing and dissolves when taken with liquid.
The printing system can customize drug doses of up to 1,000 milligrams into individual tablets. It expects to launch Spritam in the first quarter of 2016. Likely the first of many custom formulation possibilities. I find the possibilities of this pretty exciting and it makes me wonder how long before we see some variation of this in pharmacies.
Since I know people who take 10-20 medications every day who are always worried they will forget one. Personalized creation could combine drug formations and get that number lower – and possibly prevent some drug interactions.