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World of Science (some damn number): 3D-printed medicine

 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:14 am    Post subject: World of Science (some damn number): 3D-printed medicine Reply with quote

http://qz.com/471030/the-fda-has-approved-the-first-drug-made-by-a-3d-printer/

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3D printing, a technology still in search of a market, may have just found a home in the world of medicine. The US Food and Drug Administration approved an epilepsy medicine called Spritam that is made by 3D printers, making it the first 3D-printed product that the FDA has approved for use inside the human body.

Aprecia, the pharmaceutical company behind Spritam, says that its new type of tablet is made by 3D-printing layers of the powdered drug, binding the layers of powder together, and then blowing away the excess powder. The drug’s unique structure allows it to dissolve considerably faster than the average pill, which as the news site 3DPrint points out is a boon to seizure sufferers who often are prescribed large, hard-to-swallow pills. Aprecia also says 3D printing will allow doctors to know that the medicine they’re prescribing delivers the exact dose intended, as each pill will be completely uniform.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

heard that on the radio and was wondering how they were printing molecules....still, using 3-d printing to improve drug delivery is a neat idea.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

3-D printing is going to revolutionize the world. The implications of what it can do and how it can benefit the world makes my head spin.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KillAllMen wrote:
3-D printing is going to revolutionize the world. The implications of what it can do and how it can benefit the world makes my head spin.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr Gary wrote:
KillAllMen wrote:
3-D printing is going to revolutionize the world. The implications of what it can do and how it can benefit the world makes my head spin.


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*the computer makes something almost, but not entirely, unlike Earl Grey*

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr Gary wrote:
KillAllMen wrote:
3-D printing is going to revolutionize the world. The implications of what it can do and how it can benefit the world makes my head spin.


Computer: Earl Grey, hot.


*makes chugging noises for four hours, then spits out a cup of earl grey encased in a choking dust of polyresins*
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