3D printing is changing so many aspects of manufacturing, including pharmaceuticals! A new method could use 3D printing to create drugs. Automation World reported, "The digital code is used by a 3D printer to produce a portable factory, which can be used to make the drug by adding the chemicals in a pre-defined fail-safe sequence." There could eventually be personalization options and it could make prescriptions more affordable. Time will tell if this method becomes widely used in the industry.
It might be a hard pill to swallow for the OEMs and automation suppliers that support the pharmaceutical industry, but medicine may be getting a major manufacturing makeover. According to a new paper published in the journal of Science, researchers from the University of Glasgow’s School of Chemistry have identified a new method of manufacturing that uses a chemical digital code and 3D printers to create drugs on demand. The scientists behind the discovery believe this new approach will redefine the portable factory model—something the industry has been diligently working toward. In the Automation World article "The New Pharma Factory" we outlined some initiatives that use a self-contained transportable pod that can be shipped to a location and quickly brought online with modules that support continuous processing under the good manufacturing practice (GMP) guidelines. Read More