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Edible QR code the future of drug delivery
February 11, 2018, 12:58 pm
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For the last 100 years, researchers have constantly pushed the boundaries of our knowledge about medicine and how different bodies can respond differently to it. However, the methods for the production of medicine have not yet moved away from mass production of prescription drugs. Many who have a given illness get the same product with equal amount of an active compound.

In a new study, researchers from the University of Copenhagen together with colleagues from Åbo Akademi University in Finland have developed a revolutionary new method for producing medicine. They produce a white edible material on which they print a QR code consisting of a medical drug dosed in a way specific to each patient.

The shape of a QR code also enables storage of data in the ‘pill’ itself. By simply doing a quick scan, you can get all the information about the pharmaceutical product, potentially reducing the chances for wrong medication or fake medicines.

The researchers hope that in the future a regular printer will be able to apply the medical drug in the pattern of a QR code, while the edible material will have to be produced in advance to allow on-demand production of medical drug near end-users.

If they are successful with applying this production method to relatively simple printers, then it can enable the innovative production of personalized medicine and bring about a rethinking of the whole medical supply chain. The researchers are now working to refine the methods for this medical production.

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