Print Your Personal Medicines [Science!]

The 3D printing innovations continue to pour in, the latest being from Professor Lee Cronin, involving a do-it-at-house medication printing machine.

It’s not fairly the very same 3D printing technology that we have now grow to be used to seeing, because those create comparatively huge objects compared to the scale of organic chemistry. There are also a entire host of variables to consider that can significantly have an effect on the viability and toxicity of a pharmaceutical for the duration of production, like temperature, pressure, contamination, light and chirality.

Nevertheless, the fundamental thought is to generate a series of chambers that will accept “chemical inks” (which contain simple reactants) and then use programming from an app to synthesize the desired med. At present, an app to create the production of Ibuprofen is becoming worked on.

Whilst the dream is to develop machines that can be commercialized and as typical as a microwave in houses, it doesn’t look most likely to me. The machine would demand fairly specific upkeep and the medication would need to be tested following production since if one thing is slightly wrong, the chemical result could be literally deadly. That would call for a particular level of knowledge that I don’t think the common population will be capable to obtain in a manual.

Nonetheless, it does appear like an intriguing idea for pharmacies – specifically these in remote areas, which locate it difficult to ship quite particular meds for such modest clientele. I would envision it would also be beneficial in creating countries, as I would picture finding reactants that can be employed to develop medications would be simpler to order and send than the every pharmaceuticals individually.

It would also be great for hospitals, as it could imply that they could have a lot more effective medication storage, because they wouldn’t have to make positive that they stock all the distinct medications – only make confident that they have the chemical inks and the apps prepared at hand.

The whole concept is so very science fiction and I for a single locate it incredibly thrilling to live in a time when this sort of concept is not only conceivable, but truly being executed!

The only difficulty I see is the potential for increased illegal drug manufacturing – one thing that I’m certain the creators would attempt their greatest to stop, but still probably to happen. Even so, I believe the advantage of such technology outweighs the possible threat. What do you feel?

[Via Geek.com | Molecular model of ibuprofen image from BigStockPhoto.com]

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