Shtein Lab: Printable Meds

A technology that can print pure, ultra-precise doses of drugs onto a wide variety of surfaces could one day enable on-site printing of custom-dosed medications at pharmacies, hospitals and other locations. Because the technique can print multiple medications into a single dose on a dissolvable strip, microneedle patch or other dosing device, it could make life easier for patients who today must take multiple medications every day. The work could also have important implications for the drug development process.

A team of University of Michigan researchers, in a study lead by materials science and engineering professor Max Shtein and U-M graduate researcher Olga Shalev, showed that the pure printed medication can destroy cultured cancer cells in the lab as effectively as medication delivered by traditional means, which use chemical solvents to enable the cultures cells to absorb them.
Their paper on the printing of small molecular medicines from the vapor phase is online at: