via Medical News Today:
The latest innovation in medical 3D printing is a 3D printer that could one day make customized medicines on demand, currently under development by the University of Central Lancashire in Preston in the UK.
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) team says that the machine – which is awaiting a patent application – can “print” a tablet with a precise quantity of medicine that can be taken by a patient.
Although the printer can reproduce existing drugs, available in drugstores and hospitals, the UCLan team says that the main advantage of the printer is that it could potentially tailor-make drugs specific to a patient’s needs.
“3D printing has been embraced by lots of different industries,” says Dr. Mohamed Albed Alhnan from UCLan’s School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, “but we have shown how this technology can be harnessed to improve medical care, providing low-cost, personally tailored medicines for patients.”