TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MARJORIE BOYET
A close up taken on March 12, 2014 at the University Hospital in Dijon, eastern France, shows a 3D printer used for the reproduction of the skull of a patient. Dijon's pioneer surgery service uses a 3D printer to prepare tailored facial implants with greater precision, and to reduce operation lenght.   AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK        (Photo credit should read JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
Innovation

You Can Now 3D Print Prescription Drugs

Imagine a world where drug ingredients, almost like an individual recipe for each patient, are punched into a 3D printer wired with a set of chemical inks? Think about patients who are allergic to certain ingredients in medications. This limits the drugs that they have access to and in some cases can affect their road to recovery. If the future of creating drugs is so we can easily, efficiently and quickly eliminate that ingredient but keep the ones needed, we could be looking at a world where the concept of customized medicine truly comes alive.

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