World’s First 3D-Printed Pill Approved By US Authorities

/ 1 year ago


Damn I really love the concept behind this, in what would be a world first, the US Food and Drug Administration has given the go-ahead for a 3D-printed pill to be produced. I envisaged many things which could possibly be printed using this technique, but not a pill.

The new drug, has been coined Spritam, whether this was inspired by the word “Sprit” is open to interpretation, this drug has been developed by Aprecia Pharmaceuticals to control seizures brought on by epilepsy. The company also plans to produce many different types of medical drugs using its very own 3D platform. This technique also has other advantages including the ability to print layers of medication more precisely so that dosages are even more accurate than before.

The most compelling aspect lies within production; the standard procedure is to manufacture medications in factories before shipping them to pharmacies, doctors and hospitals. If you are able to print them, this opens up the ability to create production lines nearer the patient. This also means in theory, doctors will not need to wait too long for medications to arrive which in turn would assist patients.

Spritam is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2016, according to Aprecia. Exciting times ahead if this technique makes it to market and hopefully, it will be available to everyone, not just for the wealthy or patients willing to pay over the odds.

Breaking Bad would be a different TV series if they 3D printed everything.

Thank You BBC for providing us with this information

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  • Michael Harlan Petersen

    So they’ll approve the newest way to make drugs but e-cigs are out of the question?

    • Ryan Airth

      Hasn’t it been found that e-cigs contain the same amount if not more chemicals than regular cigarettes?

      • Michael Harlan Petersen

        No it hasn’t. That is news propaganda. E-cigarettes contain flavoring similar to adams extract used in baking, vegetable glycerin(a form of vegetable oil, produces vapor), propylene glycol(used as a base for flavorings such as adams extract), and depending on the user, nicotine in concentrations ranging from 0-24 mg. The formaldehyde and heavy metals they claim to have found are from them using too much current for the heating element causing it to melt slightly and burn the cotton wick. In a real e-cig the coil only heats up enough to produce vapor (around 470 degrees at the highest usually) and is run at 3.7v. The test that produced the formaldehyde and heavy metals was a 5v, 600 degree test fire that lasted for several seconds and completely evaporated all of the e-liquid. In contrast a cigarette contains over 7000 chemicals, an e-cigarette contains about 10(some of which come in the flavor concentrates), all of which are GRAS(generally regarded as safe) by the FDA.

        This is a good resource. It disproves all the media lies with cited research. Please pass this on so we can stop this. E-cigarettes are an amazing product when it comes to smoking cessation and teh FDA is trying to pass regulations that would force millions of people back to cigarettes. So you tell me, would you rather have second hand cigarette smoke? or second hand vapor which contains things you already consume daily and nicotine in a fraction of the concentration that is in cigarettes.

        Now don’t get me wrong, e-cigs are safe in the short term but we do not know what 10 years on an e-cig will cause. Still, most people quit all together after the first couple years anyway.

        • Ryan Airth

          Oh, ok, wasn’t aware of that, it can be hard to discern what’s true or false on the internet with so much propaganda and pseudo science on various topics. I don’t really watch TV or read magazines/newspapers so I’m not directly influenced by that part of the media.

          In regards to second smoke or vapor, well tbh, I would prefer none, but seeing as both my parents smoke, I’m well used to second hand smoke, at least from rollies.

          After my mum started using and e-cig for a while, she started to get some pain in her chest or lungs, can’t remember, do you what that might be from?

          • Michael Harlan Petersen

            Could be her lungs having withdrawals from all the chemicals. Nicotine is not the only thing addictive in cigarettes. The thousands of carcinogens can be addicting too and if she smoked a long time her body may have more trouble than most at flushing them out.

      • Michael Harlan Petersen

        Also, if you use an e-cig properly it won’t explode. The idiots in the news who blew up their e-cigs were not using them properly. One of them over charged the batteries without checking on them. One guy was using knock-off chinese batteries that could not handle the current and using a tank on a mod(vaporizer main component) that did not support.