With the advancing age and the increase in the incidence of chronic diseases, the number of people taking multiple pills to treat different conditions increases, and it is noticed that some elderly people often carry a small medicine bag in which there are different treatments they take throughout the day.
And while the multiplicity of medicines and the multiple times of taking them poses an inconvenience or even difficulty for people who suffer from forgetfulness and distraction, it will be comfortable and safe for people to take only one pill per day, providing all the appropriate medicines at a suitable time and at a suitable dose.
This is what the chemical engineering researcher Smuel Vadodarya discussed in his article on the Conversation website, as he considered the technology of printing medicines with 3D printers to be a solution to this problem, as it can release the drugs in the body in a smart way by containing them in many layers. The pill, then dissolves, and releases a different drug. This continues until the pill is completely dissolved.
But this drug technology will only benefit a very limited number of patients, if it is produced in large quantities, as each patient needs multiple pills that suit the medicines he needs, the dates of taking them, and his diet prescribed by the doctor and pharmacist to suit his health condition.
3D printing of drugs helps to produce special drugs for people with their eyes, which improves the effectiveness and efficiency of the treatment and reduces side effects by carefully controlling the ingredients to suit each patient individually, which may make future prescriptions for specific therapeutic amounts that can be printed in pharmacies or even In homes instantly, which would change the pharmaceutical industry and revolutionize the modern health system.
However, this does not mean that pharmaceutical companies will not be important, as they are expected to be a pioneer in this regard. Merck, a pioneer in science and technology, has already started a partnership to produce 3D-printed drug manufacturing equipment, and has deemed future treatment production to be based on more flexible and less centralized technology.
However, there are many challenges to this promising technology, as researchers in pharmacology and pharmacology raise doubts about the efficacy of treatments produced with this new technology, and legal professionals warn of the possibility of illegally producing medicines without health controls, including narcotic drugs and antibiotics.
A 3D-printed drug has already been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but it is not a multi-pill, the FDA-approved pill is made from a water-soluble drug, but many drugs are insoluble in water. It will have additional challenges to ensure that it is absorbed by the body, which is also true for the multi-pill.
Although a lot of research has already been done, this new form of drug production still has a long way to go, especially as it requires health and official approval, and these approvals take years after passing clinical trials.
Maybe in 5 years, some of us will have a prescription for personalized multi-tablets made with a 3D printer at your local drugstore. People with multiple conditions will take one 3D-printed pill per day rather than a large number of pills that should be taken at scheduled times.