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27/01/2016

Epilepsy drug first to be made using 3D printer in US

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first 3D-printed pill called Spritam levetiracetam.

Manufactured by American pharmaceutical company Aprecia, the drug is used to control seizures in people with epilepsy.

A 3D printer will be used to lay down the active and inactive ingredients to create a porous tablet that rapidly dissolves with water. This makes it an important alternative option for people who struggle to swallow their epilepsy medication.

 

This article was amended on 12 February 2016.