Can 3D printing change the way drugs are made?August 4, 2015
This week the FDA approved the first drug to be printed with a 3D printer. The drug, Spritam, is an epilepsy drug that is created by printing layers of powder. This printing technique is thought to improve how quickly the drug dissolves when ingested. It provides an alternative to the large, hard to swallow pills that are currently manufactured.
While the drug will not be available to patients until 2016, this marks a new step for drug manufacturing.