Printed drugs

A team of scientists in Denmark and Finland is using 3D printing to provide customized medicine to their patients. They are “printing” drugs directly onto an edible white base. The “ink” they use is the drug itself. And the printing can be adjusted so that dosages are tailored to suit each patient’s needs.



The printer shapes the drug into a QR code, and the result is so clear that it can be scanned, giving medical workers information about the drug and the dosage. Researchers say this will safeguard against human error so that each patient gets the dose that was intended for them. Ultimately, researchers say they want to make it possible to print medicines from virtually anywhere, making it easier to get medicine to patients quickly.


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