(discovery.com) Researches at University of Leeds, Durham University and GlaxoSmithKline is partnering together to develop a pill that is printable. This involves printing the active medication ingredients onto the side of a tablet – printed to order.
99% of a tablet is just filler so that the pill is large enough for patients to pick up; only one thousandth of a pill contains the active ingredients.
The concept of printing pills is similar to printing at home, but instead of printing on a piece of paper, you would be printing the ingredients (think of it as the ink in your printer now) onto a tablet. The best thing about this is, you can print more than one active ingredient in the tablet, meaning you will only have to take one pill to get all your required medication.
Although currently less than one percent of all pills in the market is printable, but researchers are aiming to one day increase this to 40%.