Since inception, 3D Printing is on a role to transform industries across the world. However, it hasn’t been widely accepted in the pharma industry till date. Few barriers including expired patents, economic feasibility and others are stopping 3D printing from entering this field. While 3D printers have become cheaper than ever before, the printers and inks that are required for printing pills are readily not available till now. Adding to all these, research for 3D printed pills are being conducted around the planet. However, even after crossing all these hurdles, there’s a further difficulty when it comes to changing the supply chain; switching from supply of readily made pills to supply of inks to enable 3D printing.
However, with all these hurdles to cross, 3D printing of pills still has few merits which can change the world of pharma for good.
- 3D printing helps to customize a pill for a particular patient. Such a pill could have fewer side effects on the patient and helps to improve patient compliance.
- The best part of 3D printing is, it allows a product to be customized, which eventually allows various versions of a drug to be manufactured cheaply and quickly. All this will help when it comes to faster pre-clinical evaluation for new drugs.
- If done right, in near future we could witness pharmacies are printing 3D printed drugs on demand. This could change supply chain and lower the cost of medicine by a huge margin.
- The first FDA approved 3D printed pill, which was made using conventional techniques, was quite hard to shallow. For patients who are carrying multiple diseases, research is being conducted for a 3D printed poly pill, where multiple active ingredients for different diseases are combined into a single pill.
So, as the format is quite new for the industry and doing business in the unregulated market of developing 3D pharmaceuticals is quite costly and can pose serious hurdles for few organizations. So, more research is needed on better binding of polymers when it comes to structural variations and Patient safety.
Therefore, Insights Success has shortlisted The 10 Most Innovative Pharma and Life Sciences Solution Providers 2019 who are working round the clock to change the course of the industry for good.
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