Options to implement digital printing of medicines in clinical practice

The advantages of digital printing of medicines are obvious. With this technology, it is now possible to flexibly print the individually necessary and prescribed dose on demand. Several active ingredients can also be freely combined – compounded. The number of tablets a patient takes decreases, adherence and compliance increase. The process is also much more efficient and saves resources than pressing or encapsulating drugs.

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Printing of Medicines – What do Hospital Pharmacists expect from Hard- and Software Vendors

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Printing of individualized medicines is very interesting option for hospital pharmacists. Up to now those individualized medicines are often produced in the patient group of children. Dosages have to be adapted, alternative dosage forms have to be developed as many of those patients are not able to swallow tablets or capsules. Printing those medicines on orodispersable films with some kind of inkjet printer could be very helpful.

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Additive manufacturing of “polypill” capsules of complex geometry with individualised release

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A Presentation by Beatriz Pereira, Scientist, University of Central Lancashire

Polypharmacy is often needed for the management of chronic conditions and is usually associated with poor patient adherence. Therefore, easily personalised systems are necessary to accommodate complex therapeutic regimens.

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Additive Manufacturing: Unlocking Pharma’s Unmet Challenges

Jae Yoo

A presentation by Jae Yoo, CTO of Aprecia Pharmaceuticals. He is serving as Chief Technology Officer for Aprecia Pharmaceuticals, LLC since August 2018. His 3DP journey started at MIT in the early 1990’s where he developed and used an inkjet printing based 3DP process to fabricate advanced ceramic materials with compositional gradient.

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Additive Manufacturing of Tablets

Christoph Hüls

presentation by Christoph Hüls, Founder Additive Manufacturing of Tablets, Merck Innovation Center, Merck KGaA

Additive Manufacturing of Tablets has the potential to simplify the manufacturing of pills (tablets). Instead of a multistep complicated process, a three step process (mixing a powder formulation, printing the tablets in the printer and coating of the tablets) will lead to cost and time savings for customers.

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Challenges and opportunities of 3D-printed drugs for the hospital pharmacy

Josep Guiu

presentation by Josep M Guiu, Head of pharmaceutical planning and pharmacotherapy coordination at the Catalan Health and Social Care Consortium in Barcelona, Spain.

There is a huge potential of 3D printing to revolutionise clinical pharmacy practice with the development of a new generation of personalized compounded drugs. The implementation of a 3D printer into a hospital pharmacy could make possible to individualize shapes, sizes and dosages of several oral drugs to patients.

However, its implementation needs the collaboration of hospital pharmacists with pharmaceutical scientists and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as to define a new regulatory framework for these new drugs.

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