Printable drugs!

Now here’s something, Scientists are trying to create printable pills. From discovery.com:

Here’s a dirty little secret about the little pills you pop: nearly 99.9 percent of the tablet is useless. Only a thousandth of a pill contains the active ingredients that are supposed to make you feel better.

The rest of the pill is just filler so it’s large enough for you to pick it up.

If you think that sounds wasteful, you’re not alone. Researchers at the University of Leeds, Durham University, and GlaxoSmithKline have teamed up to create pills that are made to order, or perhaps I should “printed to order.”

Printing pills means literally printing the active ingredients of a medication onto the side of a tablet. To understand the concept of “printing,” think of the active ingredients as tiny droplets that can be printed onto a surface the way ink is printed onto paper, but instead of paper, it’s a tablet. That means pills could be individually made for each patient to fit their medical needs and one pill could potentially hold more than one type of medication.

Just WOW! Really, how do they come up with this stuff? Its sounds like it comes from the pages of a science fiction novel. Not that i mind, its just a little crazy.

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One response to “Printable drugs!

  1. doctorcrankenstein

    If all the active ingredients were on “the outside”, and there is as little active ingredient as you say, it sounds as if it would be dangerously easy for them to be rubbed off through friction during transport or when you pick them up with your fingers or countless other things… I guess they must print some sort of protective coating onto them as well?

    But yes, isn’t science grand 🙂

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