May 27 2010Future Pills To Be "Printed", Made-To-Order


Pills: I don't mess with them. I don't even like taking Tums but I have to or my ass might blow itself out in the middle of the night. I'm being serious.

Here's a dirty little secret about the little pills you pop: nearly 99.9 percent of the tablet is useless. Only a thousandth of a pill contains the active ingredients that are supposed to make you feel better....The rest of the pill is just filler so it's large enough for you to pick it up.

If you think that sounds wasteful, you're not alone. Researchers at the University of Leeds, Durham University, and GlaxoSmithKline have teamed up to create pills that are made to order, or perhaps I should "printed to order."

Printing pills means literally printing the active ingredients of a medication onto the side of a tablet. To understand the concept of "printing," think of the active ingredients as tiny droplets that can be printed onto a surface the way ink is printed onto paper, but instead of paper, it's a tablet. That means pills could be individually made for each patient to fit their medical needs and one pill could potentially hold more than one type of medication.

The idea is that eventually you'll be able to order "custom" pills that have all the medications you need to take included in the same tablet. That way you don't have to take a handful everyday. Which, God -- get a spoonful of sugar already!

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Thanks to Melissa, who wants her made-to-order pills with a side of waffle fries. Mmmm -- good choice, Melissa.

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The extra bulk of the pill isn't all useless.

In addition to making the pill large enough to pick up, in many cases it also serves to control the rate of absorption into the blood as different mixtures of buffer can be configured to dissolve in stomach acid at different rates.

Pills are good....Pills are good!

Sounds like Acid to me.

@ 1, 2 ,3 ,4 YOU ALL SUCK DICKS


The good news would be that their would be less chance of getting bad reactions from a mixture of medicines and hopefully bring medicine prices down but, if more medicines are mixed on one pill then a changing prescription could make a week (if not more) supply of printed meds useless. I would also worry that the pills could easily be confused for someone else s if they do not put some sort of distinguishing marks on them.

@2, i retake my last statement, you know your shit but you still are wacko

i dont trust the legal ones

Also, pills like tums and multi-vitamins have to be big because they're delivering a big load. Any pill with over 50 mg of active ingredient probly isn't filled.

this has been done with acid countless times before and I don't think 99.9% of a pure molly capsule (mmMMm) is wasteful filler

GW, if you need tums every night you should try to figure out what you're sensitive to. Milk, wheat, chocolate, hot peppers, whatever. Srsly, cut out all spice and chocolate for a month. If that doesn't help try something else.

Btw, spice includes pizza, salsa, and Coke (full of cinnamon). Meat, animal fat and sugar are probably the best, nobody's allergic to them. So eat lots of bacon. With syrup.

why oh why didn't I take the blue pill

hey i don't mean to go "enlish teacher ass hole" on you, but when you are quoting someone, and they quote someone else in your quotation you use the single quotation marks (' ') instead of double quotation marks (" ") but i am assuming you just copied and pasted straight from the cite. so for example i will use yours.

"...or perhaps I should 'printed to order.' " the space between the single quote and the double quote doesn't belong, i am just putting it to show that the single quote is there.

Nice one

The pink Zelda triforce shield ones are my fav :v

God forbid we have to lift up several heavy ass pills everyday! They should just make them weigh less so us Americans will be more inclined to pick them up. :). Or they should be remote controlled.

WTF. wow. cant wait till THAT shit comes around town.

A duel then, 'scrip-pads at dawn.

Apothecaries with mortar and pestle.
Lab Technicians with mice and ink cartridges.

Look out for those fully loaded ink cartridges.

@15 beat me to it. I noticed it first though...and I would so take it.

Hey, I don't mean to be a prick (actually I do) but when you correct someone with a punctuation dig you should probably review your own punctuation and maybe even your spelling for that matter. I believe "Enlish" actually has a "G" somewhere in the middle. Also, you may, want to, take it easy, with, the commas. Frankly you made so many mistakes that it actually makes anyone you correct look like a genius.

I know, you just learned that quote thing and couldn't wait to jump someone with it but I believe you've learned an even more valuable lesson today. You've learned that you are in fact a Douche and I think we can both agree that a weight has been lifted from your fragile Douche Bag shoulders.

No need to thank me as I'd probably insult you again. Now fly away on the wings of love you kooky kid!



So now when I'm fiendish I'll be able to just print out some OxyContin?

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