World’s first 3D printed tablet approved by US Food and Drug Administration
3D is the next major technological revolution that will affect not only manufacturing but other unrelated fields like medical science too. Already there are examples of 3D printing being successfully used for prosthetics to give new lease of life to the unfortunate disabled and people who have met some accident. Now a major breakthrough has been made in the field of pharmaceutical industry as the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the world’s first drug created through 3D printing.
The tablet is highly porous and is capable ofpakcing high drug dosage
Aprecia Pharmaceuticals has made Spritam tablet using ZipDose technology containing the drug levetiracetam which is 3D printed, and they claim it to be very easy for consumption. This comes handy when a tablet of high dosage needs to be formulated and by traditional means it is not that dissolvable. The result it gets stuck in the throat or won’t go down into the stomach. For such medication 3D printed tablet can be really an advantage since it dissolves very easily. The drug is placed in many layers sandwiched between the tablet and pharmaceutical companies can put up to 1,000 milligrams in one tablet.
According to experts gulping down a 500 mg is difficult enough, let alone a 1000 mg tablet. 3D printed tablets will bring new flexibility in how drugs are administered and in this case Spritam will help patients with acute epilepsy symptoms, majorly seizures.
Further research will mean that tablets could be 3D printed with a variety of drugs depending on the condition of patient affected by multiple diseases. Maybe, you’ll just have to take one tablet for a number of problems, rather than swallowing multiple tablets.
Aprecia Pharmaceuticals plans to launch the Spritam tablet in the first quarter of 2016 after performing extensive trials and ensuring its efficacy. That is great news for pharmaceutical industry and 3D printing is definitely going to affect the lives of millions in the coming years.
Update: Beginning March 21, 2016, Spritam tablets have been made available in the U.S. by Aprecia Pharmaceuticals.