3D-Printing Oddly Shaped Pills Can Change How Fast They're Absorbed
Medicine is one of the more exciting fields that
Drugmakers currently mass-produce pills in the most common dosage sizes and in simple round shapes that are easy to swallow. But researchers at the UCL School of Pharmacy, University College London, have been experimenting with using 3D printers, extruding a water-soluble polymer mixed with acetaminophen and salts, to produce custom pills of various shapes and sizes.
Instead of requiring patients to take a set number of pills repeatedly throughout the day, the
One day, pills might be not only customized based on a patient's dosage requirements, they could also be shaped depending on if the medication needs to be quickly absorbed into their bloodstream, or if a slower, steady release of the drug is a more effective treatment. Now if they could only improve how they tasted.