Reshaping drug development using 3D printing

Atheer Awad, Sarah J. Trenfield, Alvaro Goyanes, Simon Gaisford, Abdul W. Basit

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The pharmaceutical industry stands on the brink of a revolution, calling for the recognition and embracement of novel techniques. 3D printing (3DP) is forecast to reshape the way in which drugs are designed, manufactured, and used. Although a clear trend towards personalised fabrication is perceived, here we accentuate the merits and shortcomings of each technology, providing insights into aspects such as the efficiency of production, global supply, and logistics. Contemporary opportunities for 3DP in drug discovery and pharmaceutical development and manufacturing are unveiled, offering a forward-looking view on its potential uses as a digitised tool for personalised dispensing of drugs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1547-1555
Number of pages9
JournalDrug Discovery Today
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018


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