FDA clears 3-D printed tablet to treat epileptic seizures

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug made through 3-D printing: a dissolvable tablet that treats seizures.

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Aprecia Pharmaceuticals said Monday the FDA approved its drug Spritam for adults and children who suffer from certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. The tablet is manufactured in a layered process via 3-D printing and dissolves when taken with liquid.

The FDA has previously approved medical devices — including prosthetics — made with 3-D printing. An agency spokeswoman confirmed the new drug is the first prescription tablet approved that uses the process.

Doctors are increasingly turning to 3-D printing to create customized implants for patients with rare conditions and injuries. The FDA held a workshop last year for medical manufacturers interested in the technology.