Archives for the category: 3D printed chemicals/drugs

August 28, 2015

Tiny, 3D-Printed Fish to Swim in Blood Stream, Deliver Drugs

microfish cover.jpgNew 3D-printed fish-shaped microbots — called microfish — could one day transport drugs to specific places in the human body and be able to sense and remove toxins. [via]

quotemarksright.jpgThese microfish, smaller than the width of a human hair, are groundbreaking for two reasons: they’re simple to create, but remarkably high-tech in what they can do, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego.

... These proof-of-concept synthetic microfish will inspire a new generation of ‘smart’ microrobots with capabilities such as detoxification, sensing and directed drug delivery, according to the researchers.

“Another exciting possibility we could explore is to encapsulate medicines inside the microfish and use them for directed drug delivery,” Jinxing Li, the other co-first author of the study, said in a statement.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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August 4, 2015

The FDA has approved the first drug designed using 3D-printing technology

The FDA has just approved the world’s first 3D-printed medication, SPRITAM. The seizure drug is meant to be customized for high dosage treatments, and was developed with Aprecia’s ZipDose technology. The Next Web reports.

quotemarksright.jpgSPRITAM’s 3D-printed designed makes it water soluble with a minimal amount of liquid, which absorbs into the blood stream in less than 10 seconds.“By combining 3DP technology with a highly-prescribed epilepsy treatment, SPRITAM is designed to fill a need for patients who struggle with their current medication experience,” Don Wetherhold, Aprecia’s Chief Executive Officer of Aprecia, said in a press release.

The use of 3D-printing for medical purposes is not new, but this is the first time the FDA has approved a drug designed by 3D-printing.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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August 18, 2014

J Group Robotics Plans to 3D Print Ingestible Medical Pills

pills1-520x245.jpg One of these projects that J Group Robotics are currently working on, is that of creating a specialized filament and process for the printing of medical pill capsules. [via]

quotemarksright.jpgLast year, wrote an article on the future of 3D printed drugs. The article discussed taking different chemical compounds, and through the use of 3D printers, in the future, printing specific drugs on demand. J Group Robotics, has seen this idea, and now plans on taking it one step further.

“We propose the use of 3D printers to produce capsule covers which shall carry “chemical ink” (or chemical catalysts), after printed,” said Jariwala. “In the future, companies could develop the chemical formula for a particular drugs and could outsource the 3D printing of the drug to local medical stores.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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June 25, 2013

3D Printing Could Create Better Pills say UK Researchers

3D printing could be used to optimize tablet designs and make drug delivery more effective according to UK additive manufacturing researchers.

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July 25, 2012

Researchers developing “chemputer” that prints drugs

ibuprofen.jpeg If one chemistry professor from Glasgow University has his way, you won’t even have to leave the house to go to the pharmacy — you’ll be able to “print” your drugs at home. Geek .com reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe system under development by Professor Lee Cronin is not a 3D printer as we understand it; the scale of organic chemistry is far too small for that. What is being described is a series of custom printed reaction chambers that could be used to synthesize pharmaceutical compounds. Along with the precisely-sized chambers, and a downloadable drug “app,” Cronin believes at-home drug production is possible.

The printers would require the input of a series of basic reactants, which the team is referring to as “chemical inks.” These would be simple organic molecules that can be modified to build useful compounds. Using the programming as a guide, the system could use the reaction chamber to synthesize the necessary drug from inks without the user’s intervention.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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