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3-D printed drug Spritam approved by FDA

From:Xinhuanet Time:2015.08.13

BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhuanet) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the first prescription drug using 3-D printing technology had been approved.

Aprecia pharmaceuticals which first made the 3-D drug pointed out on Monday that the drug named "Spritam" was allowed to use inside the body as a prescription drug that is mainly for the treatment of epilepsy.

According to the company, this new type of tablet is manufactured by a 3D-printing layers of powdered drug and disintegrates in the mouth when taken with a sip of liquid, which is a welfare for the seizure sufferers who often are prescribed pills that are hard to swallow.

The 3D-printing technology plays a significant role in health system. In the U.S., doctors could use a 3D-printing repository sponsored by government to partake tool designs to aid in surgeries and treatments. What’s more, scientists are working on 3D-printed organs to help solve the problem of organ shortage.

Media review said the approval of Spritam suggests that it is safety for human to consume 3D-printed materials, which is an important step for future medical innovation.

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