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

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.

However the business cases of vendors producing the appropriate printers look a little bit like those from usual inkjet printers we buy at the specialist shops: printer is cheap, ink is expensive and control technology is a secret. In this presentation the speaker would like to state that this is perhaps not the right way to bring this new production process forward.

A presentation by Torsten Hoppe-Tichy, Chief pharmacist, Heidelberg University Hospital, Pharmacy Department.


Question 1: What drives you?
New technology, patient needs

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
Trying to find a way for a win-win between hospital pharmacy and printer vendor

Question 3: What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Every technology that will overcome the problem of staff shortages in the health system

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Setting labor force free to care for the patients and difficult to treat patients

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Financial impact of new technologies

About Torsten Hoppe-Tichy
Chief Pharmacist at Heidelberg University Hospital for longer than 25 years. Specialist in Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Analytics. Lecturer at School of Pharmacy at Heidelberg University.

About Heidelberg University Hospital
More than six hundred years ago, the first German university was founded in Heidelberg. Today, it attracts international acclaim for its life sciences – especially for medicine. As one of Europe’s largest and most modern medical centers, Heidelberg University Hospital’s more than 50 specialist departments offer medical care of the highest international standards in all areas of specialty with a focus on oncology care and on other diseases that require complex treatments. Heidelberg University Hospital’s active collaboration with national research facilities attracts patients from many countries worldwide.

Heidelberg University Hospital offers inpatients and outpatients an innovative and effective diagnosis and therapy for all complex diseases. Modern buildings with state-of-the-art equipment enable patients from all over Germany and many other countries to receive medical care that meets the highest international standards. The proximity and interlinking of the specialist departments benefit the patient: interdisciplinary cooperation ensures optimal treatment.

Progress and innovation are essential for promising medical treatment. Hundreds of doctors and scientists at Heidelberg University Hospital and its partner research institutes, such as the world-renowned German Cancer Research Center, pursue a common aim: the development of new forms of therapy and their quick implementation for the benefit of the patient.

The university hospital is one of the largest University Hospitals in Germany.

Torsten Hoppe-Tichy is speaker at the 2022 edition of the 3D Pharma Printing Conference.

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