The tablet is reinvented: 3D printing makes it possible

Digitalization, personalized medicine, 3-dimensional (D) printing, individual tablets. These keywords are all combinable in the medicine of tomorrow. Interested in how this will also change the management of your health or illness in the future? If so, then reading on should be worthwhile for you.

The following scenario describes the future interaction between patient, physician and pharmacist. Patients will provide various health data to physicians, which will be supplemented by further measurement data in the physician's practice or from the laboratory. Thus, the patient himself will provide more and more health data from sensors, apps, fitness trackers etc., which will be recorded during daily activities or even during sleep. The physician then creates individualized therapies - in particular of orally effective drugs - using special evaluation programs for all these patient data. Thus the physician will be able to make exact predictions about the optimal efficacy of drugs by means of algorithms.  The physician then issues a prescription with an individual dosage of the drug and exactly this dosage represents the last step in the implementation of personalized medicine. This is exactly where quantum leap innovation comes in.

Using 3D printing, individually dosed tablets will be produced in the pharmacy of the future. This medication has many advantages for the patient. An individual dosage prevents overdosage with side effects or underdosages that would otherwise not be effective. In addition, patients should demonstrate better compliance, as these products are only manufactured and optimized for them.

There are also technological advantages over conventionally manufactured tablets, as 3D tablets are printed "on demand", i.e. only as required, and do not have to be storable for long periods of time.

In addition, there are innovative new business models for all technology providers in the field of 3D printing. From the central quasi-monopolistic tablet production by pharmaceutical companies, a decentralized production and distribution model with many components of digitization will be used. The quantum leap potentials behind this will be explained in more detail in further blogs. Stay curious.

What is your assessment of the quantum leap potential of the 3D tablet?


Note: the entire article is the author's opinion, not that of any of his previous or current employers, and this publication is not supported by them in any way.


Interested in more blogs about 3D printing? In the next episode the quantum leap innovation will be explained from the pharmacist's point of view.


Dr. Volker Moeckel

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