Clinical Benefits of 3D Printing in Healthcare

Atheer Awad, Iria Seoane-Viaño, Abdul W. Basit, Alvaro Goyanes

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Three-dimensional (3D) printing is a modern technology that holds immense potential in the field of personalised medicine, particularly in the design and dispensing of customised medications on demand. Its versatility allows for the production of small batches of drugs with varying shapes, sizes, and release properties, accommodating different drug types or doses. By harnessing this technology, the drug development process can be expedited, enabling faster progression to first-in-human and clinical studies. Moreover, the utilization of 3D printing to create tailored medications for individual patients ensures optimised treatment efficacy and safety. This chapter provides an extensive overview of various 3D-printing technologies employed in pharmaceutical applications, showcasing the latest cutting-edge examples in pre-clinical and clinical studies. Furthermore, it explores the existing challenges and regulatory considerations, and presents a forward-looking perspective on the practical implementation of 3D printing in the healthcare landscape. By shedding light on the clinical applications of 3D printing, this chapter contributes to the advancement of personalised medicine and paves the way for its integration into mainstream healthcare practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication3D Printing of Pharmaceutical and Drug Delivery Devices: Progress from Bench to Bedside
EditorsSheng Qi, Dimitrios A. Lamprou, Dennis Douroumis
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-119-83598-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-119-83597-4
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2024

Publication series

NameAdvances in Pharmaceutical Technology


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