An Easy Pill to Swallow 藥丸可以用印的!

James Baron 

 

精英翻譯社轉自https://paper.udn.com/udnpaper/POH0058/290021/web/

 

From houses to hamburgers, all kinds of items are being created using 3-D printing. The medical world has used this technology to make teeth and plastic body parts. However, until recently, no one had produced medicine this way. That changed when a US-based drug company was given the green light this year to sell the first printed pill.

從房子到漢堡,各式各樣的物品正利用3-D列印技術創造出來。醫界利用這項技術製作出牙齒和塑膠的身體部位。不過,直到最近為止,還沒有人用這種方式來製藥。一間美國製藥公司今年獲准銷售第一款列印藥丸時,情況就不同了。

 

The drug, which is used to treat epilepsy, has many advantages. Compared to regular pills, it dissolves more easily in water and it's easier to swallow, especially for elderly patients and children. Furthermore, the 3-D printing process allows makers to be sure that the amounts of drugs in pills are precise. This means doctors may be able to print pills according to patients' individual needs in the future.

這種藥有許多優點,是用來治療癲癇。跟一般藥丸比起來,它在水裡更容易溶解,也更容易吞嚥,尤其對年長的病患和小孩而言。此外,3-D列印的製程讓製造者能確定藥丸中的藥量是精確的。這表示未來醫生可能可以根據病患的個人需求來印製藥丸。

 

Some scientists want to take things a step further by designing a printer that can produce chemical reactions. They predict that people will one day be able to download "recipes" for pills that they can print themselves at home. These exciting developments show that 3-D printing is far more than just a trend. It could bring major changes to health care and help save lives.

一些科學家想要更進一步設計出一台可以產生化學反應的列印機。他們預測人們有一天能下載藥丸的「配方」讓他們可以自己在家印製。這些令人興奮的發展顯示3-D列印遠不只是一個潮流而已。它可能為醫療保健帶來重大改變並且幫助拯救性命。

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