3D Printed drugs for Epilepsy

spritam  In America, the FDA has approved a 3d-printed drug for the treatment of seizures for epilepsy sufferers. The drug, Spritam (levetiracetam) is reportedly the first ever approved 3d-printed drug. 3D printing has been used before to produce medical devices, but has not before now been used to produce a drug approved for use.


The drug is produced by

Aprecia Pharmaceuticals Company, who intend to introduce multiple products using its ZipDose Technology, focusing first on central nervous system drugs. ZipDose technology uses 3D printing to manufacture a porous formulation that rapidly disintegrates with a sip of liquid. This makes pills easier to take, especially for patients who have trouble swallowing large pills or taking may pills at a time or during the day.

Making it easy to take epilepsy medication is important because it is common for people with epilepsy to miss or skip a dose of their medication, which can then increase the risk of having a seizure.


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