FDA Approves World's First 3D Printed Drug

Posted: Aug 5 2015, 5:59am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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FDA Approves World's First 3D Printed Drug
  • FDA Gives Green Light to 3D Printed Medicine

The FDA has given the green light to the world’s first 3D printed medicine product.

The Aprecia Pharmaceuticals Company stated that the FDA had given its approval to SPRITAM. The drug is also called levetiracetam. It will be taken by mouth. The drug is for those suffering from seizures. Also children who have epilepsy will benefit. The drug utilizes ZipDose Technology.

This platform uses 3D printing to make a powdery capsule. It dissolves with the first gulp of water. 3D printing has been used to produce medical equipment. This is the first time that a drug got made via this method.

The combination of 3D printing with a prescription drug is the name of the game. This means that the user base will be having no problems with the dosage. Now as many of those drugs may get printed in three dimensional form. The whole patient-doctor experience will be undergoing a radical reversal.

“By combining 3DP technology with a highly-prescribed epilepsy treatment,2 SPRITAM is designed to fill a need for patients who struggle with their current medication experience,” said Don Wetherhold, Chief Executive Officer of Aprecia.

“This is the first in a line of central nervous system products Aprecia plans to introduce as part of our commitment to transform the way patients experience taking medication.”

Upto 1000 mg dosages may get delivered now. And all it take is a gulp of liquid along with the porous medicine to do the job. The drug will come out some time next year.

It often happens that patients are not able to follow a prescribed treatment. They do not stick to the basics and thus their disease becomes prominent. This is especially so with children and the elderly.

“In my experience, patients and caregivers often have difficulty following a treatment regimen. Whether they are dealing with a swallowing disorder or the daily struggle of getting a child to take his or her medication, adherence can be a challenge,” said Marvin H. Rorick III, M.D., neurologist at Riverhills Neuroscience in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“Especially for children and seniors, having an option for patients to take their medication as prescribed is important to managing this disease.”

Over 3 million people in the US have epilepsy. Almost half a million of them happen to be children. For them medicine is crucial. The patients were having difficulty swallowing their dosage. Missing out on doses also comprises half the problem.

So 3D printed drugs are a part of the the puzzle. Those who miss even a single dose will have to face consequences. These might include a full-fledged seizure. The only way to avoid this fate is 3D printed drugs.

The FDA approves of prosthetics built by 3D printers. Now with SPRITAM, the pattern is set. In the future, more drugs will get printed in a three dimensional manner. The new method allows the printing of the medicine in a precise dosage.

This technique creates medicinal agents out of raw materials. It works at a moment’s notice. And it is novel indeed. It is the wave of the future. Doctors and hospitals will be obsolete thanks to newer technologies in the future. Then 3D printing will still be a staple of the way of life of the denizens of the planet.

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