National University of Singapore develops ingestible mold to store different medicines

In order to help individuals—particularly the elderly—manage multiple medications a day, the National University of Singapore has developed a 3D printed pill that contains all necessary daily medicines. Computer software creates a unique, ingestible pill shell for each patient, complete with grooves that hold individual compounds; once swallowed, the pill releases the correct dosages at different times as dictated by the shape and length of groove.

The medicine molds are printed using the UP Plus 2 printer, a consumer-facing 3D printer that is substantially cheaper than most medical devices. Researchers anticipate that the low cost of printer and materials will allow the system to scale to a wide network of GPs, pharmacies and hospital staff. The process, which has only been tested in a laboratory setting, will require extensive human trials and testing before receiving regulatory approval.

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