Some have compared the 3D printing of medications to a high-tech version of pharmaceutical compounding in which the formulation is tailored based on patient needs; with Spritam, it is for a rapid-release drug but others could be created for an extended-release formula. In a 2012 TED Talk, Lee Cronin predicted that one day we would be able to print drugs at the point of need7 – at this point that is still far off into the future, but 3D printing advances are bringing these predictions close to reality.


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