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Revolutionizing Medication Delivery: The Power of 3D Printing


In a groundbreaking development, researchers from the University of Nottingham's Centre for Additive Manufacturing and School of Pharmacy have propelled pharmaceutical innovation forward with Multi-Material InkJet 3D Printing (MM-IJ3DP). Their recent publication in Materials Today Advances unveils a pioneering technique that enables the creation of personalized medication, revolutionizing drug delivery and patient treatment.At the heart of this advancement lies the ability to print multiple drugs within a single tablet, offering a glimpse into the future of personalized pills capable of delivering timed doses. This achievement stems from a novel ink formulation, responsive to ultraviolet light, which forms a water-soluble structure upon printing. Through the manipulation of the tablet's interior structure, the rate of drug release is meticulously controlled, ensuring precise dosage timing tailored to individual patient needs.Led by Dr. Yinfeng He, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Engineering's Centre for Additive Manufacturing, the research marks a significant leap forward in the realm of personalized medication. Dr. He emphasizes the transformative potential of 3D printing in not only redefining drug delivery but also ushering in a new era of personalized medicine.While the technology shows immense promise, challenges remain, notably the necessity for additional formulations supporting a broader range of materials. However, ongoing research efforts, guided by Professor Ricky Wildman, aim to address these obstacles, enhancing the feasibility of MM-IJ3DP for widespread application.The implications of this innovation are far-reaching, particularly in the realm of disease treatment where timing and dosage accuracy are paramount. With the capability to produce 56 pills in a single batch, the scalability of this technology underscores its potential for mass production of personalized medicines.Professor Felicity Rose, co-author of the research, underscores the significance of personalized medication in improving health outcomes. With up to 50% of individuals in the UK alone failing to adhere to prescribed medication regimens, the need for a simplified approach is evident. This research represents a significant stride towards achieving that goal, offering hope for enhanced patient care and treatment efficacy in the years to come.

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