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Researchers test method to print mass-market medications

From Engadget - September 27, 2017

"A doctor or pharmacist can choose any number of medications, which the machine would combine into a single dose," University of Michigan professor Max Shtein said in a press release. He, along with recent graduate Olga Shalev, wrote their findings developing this method in the journal Nature Communications. "The machine could be sitting in the back of the pharmacy or even in a clinic."

The researchers repurposed a method commonly found in electronics manufacturing, organic vapor-jet printing, for their new medication-making technique. This enables high-resolution printing down to a fine crystalline structure, an arrangement that makes it much easier for medications to dissolve. This would make some medicines unsuitable for conventional consumption viable again when printed using this method.

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