FDA approves the first drug to be 3D printed, arrives in 2016

3D-printed drugs have been approved by the FDA, with an epilepsy-fighting drug being 3D printed in 2016.

Published Tue, Aug 4 2015 1:37 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:04 PM CST

3D printers can do weird, wacky and amazing things, but 3D-printed drugs? The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to be 3D-printed, Aprecia's epilepsy-fighting Spritam.

FDA approves the first drug to be 3D printed, arrives in 2016 | TweakTown.com

Spritam will use a porous, 3D-printed formula that will give an even stronger dose of up to 1000mg, while maintaining a smaller size making it easier to swallow. The 3D-printed drug won't be available until the first quarter of 2016, and you'll need a prescription to get your hands on the next-gen pills.

If Aprecia's first run is successful, we could see a new wave of drugs using 3D printers, easier for patients to swallow.

NEWS SOURCE:engadget.com

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