These Researchers Make Pills That are Tailored to a Patient's Needs

By: Katherine Pendrill - Dec 2, 2015
References: consumer.healthday & fastcoexist
A research team from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine is working on producing 3D-printed pills that can be tailored to a patient's exact needs. Centuries ago, pharmacists would frequently produce customized pills for patients with specific medical needs. However, the mass manufacturing of drugs has largely put an end to customized medicine.

In order to give patients more personalized care, a team of researchers are experimenting with 3D printing as a way of producing customizable pills. Instead of producing pills with a one-size-fits-all mentality, the researchers want to make personalized pills. This involves collecting data from each patient and then inputting the information into a 3D printer. The printer then uses an advanced algorithm to calculate the best dose for them. The result is a 3D-printed pill that is tailored to the patient's exact needs.

Although the pills would help patients receive more personalized care, the technology is still expensive. As a result, the researchers are working on a way to make their system affordable enough to use on a large scale.