Benefits and Prerequisites Associated with the Adoption of Oral 3D-Printed Medicines for Pediatric Patients: A Focus Group Study among Healthcare Professionals

Maria Rautamo*, Kirsi Kvarnström, Mia Sivén, Marja Airaksinen, Pekka Lahdenne, Niklas Sandler

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Abstract

The utilization of three-dimensional (3D) printing technologies as innovative manufacturing methods for drug products has recently gained growing interest. From a technological viewpoint, proof-of-concept on the performance of different printing methods already exist, followed by visions about future applications in hospital or community pharmacies. The main objective of this study was to investigate the perceptions of healthcare professionals in a tertiary university hospital about oral 3D-printed medicines for pediatric patients by means of focus group discussions. In general, the healthcare professionals considered many positive aspects and opportunities in 3D printing of pharmaceuticals. A precise dose as well as personalized doses and dosage forms were some of the advantages mentioned by the participants. Especially in cases of polypharmacy, incorporating several drug substances into one product to produce a polypill, personalized regarding both the combination of drug substances and the doses, would benefit drug treatments of several medical conditions and would improve adherence to medications. In addition to the positive aspects, concerns and prerequisites for the adoption of 3D printing technologies at hospital settings were also expressed. These perspectives are suggested by the authors to be focus points for future research on personalized 3D-printed drug products.
Original languageEnglish
Article number229
Pages (from-to)229
JournalPharmaceutics
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • children
  • pediatrics
  • 3D printing
  • 3D-printed medicines
  • personalized medication
  • healthcare professionals
  • hospital pharmacy
  • focus group study

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