Not just medical devices, prescription drugs can also be 3D printed

3D printing is being used more and more frequently in the fields of medical devices and prosthetics, benefiting many patients. Recently, Aprecia announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the company’s 3D-printed prescription drug SPRITAM (levetiracetam) fast-dissolving tablets for the treatment of adult or pediatric patients in combination with other antiepileptic drugs. partial seizures, myoclonic seizures, and primary generalized seizures.

According to Aprecia, SPRITAM uses an aqueous fluid to bind together multiple layers of a dispensed drug to create a porous, water-soluble drug that patients can quickly dissolve with only a small amount of water.

According to an interview with Shi Lichen, head of Beijing Dingchen Pharmaceutical Management Consulting Center by "Daily Economic News": "3D printing drugs can simplify the production process, reduce pollution, and reduce waste of raw materials. It is an exploration of new production processes." And, It is difficult to commercialize 3D printed drugs in China.

Caretium Medical Instruments Co., Limited was founded in 2001, a high-tech company focusing on the research and development, manufacturing, sales and after-sale service of in-vitro diagnostic equipment and reagents. Caretium has been certified as China’s national “High-tech Enterprise” from 2011, got CE mark, ISO 13485, ISO 9001, GMP certified by South Korea and other certifications. 

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