Special Issue "Principles, Limitations, and Recent Progress in 3D Printing for Pharmaceutical Applications"

A special issue of Pharmaceutics (ISSN 1999-4923). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Pharmacy and Formulation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2023) | Viewed by 171

Special Issue Editor

Biofunctional Materials and Devices Research Group, National Metal and Materials Technology Center, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand
Interests: additive manufacturing; bone regeneration; drug loaded implant

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There has been an increasing interest in applying 3D printing to the manufacture of various forms of drugs or drug delivery systems. Three-dimensional printing might offer potential advantages and new opportunities compared to conventional techniques, including the accurate control of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) distribution, tailoring the macro- and microstructures of products to control dissolution or release kinetics, and the ability to fabricate single or multiple API doses for use in personalized or customized medication, without using a high volume of ingredients or needing a costly manufacturing facility. Although there is already a 3D-printed drug that has been approved by the FDA for oral medication, there are still many technical, regulatory, and even economic challenges to be surpassed before the widespread application and common use of 3D printing in pharmaceutical manufacturing. This Special Issue aims to explore the recent progress and limitations of using 3D printing in pharmaceutical applications. Original research articles and reviews on the development and usage of 3D printing in any dosage form (i.e., implants, tablets, edible substrate, microneedles), printing techniques (i.e., FDM, SLS, SLA, BJP), and drug or target applications are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the innovation and refinement of fabrication techniques or the materials employed, the manufacturing of drug delivery systems, characterizations and performance appraisals of the fabricated dosages, and perspectives on their implementation potential in the pharmaceutical industry.

I/We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Jintamai Suwanprateeb
Guest Editor

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  • 3D printing
  • additive manufacturing
  • drug delivery/drug carrier
  • drug release, disintegration and dissolution
  • customized medication
  • oral solid dosage forms
  • drug loaded implants
  • drug loaded microneedle

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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