Monday 22 August 2022

3D Printing For Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices: A Primer With Risk Considerations

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Over the past decade, implementation of single-use technologies for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing has introduced advantages in terms of design, sterility assurance, and a reduction in energy usage, relating to areas like sterilization and cleaning. Within pharmaceuticals, these technologies introduce a new way of thinking in terms of the design space and process flows.


Advances in 3D printing have led to novel developments in biomedical science, such as the 3D printing of thick, vascularized, and perfusable cardiac patches to serve as functioning hearts.4 Areas of application in pharmaceuticals include drug delivery systems, such as controlled release and microneedles; pharmacy dispensing aids and drug-eluting devices, including for patients who require special personalized medications for long-term care; and single-use disposable technologies.



Thus article provides a primer for 3D printing applications and associated risks.


Sandle, T. (2022) 3D Printing For Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices: A Primer With Risk Considerations, Pharmaceutical Online at:




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