The first validated 3D medicine printer in Europe has been launched at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences.
The device is capable of creating personalized medicines tailored to each patient, increasing the effectiveness of medicines by combining several substances in one tablet, and reducing side effects, the university said on Thursday.
The printer allows inserting different micro-capsules into one tablet and coating them with different layers of excipients that regulate the release of the medical substance.
“This is particularly important for the development of medicines for special patient groups, such as children and the elderly,” the statement reads.
The new 3D printer is the first of its kind in Europe and one of the first in the world, according to the university.
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