Creating Pharmaceuticals on the Spot

New technology may reduce costs and acquisition time of drugs

New technology to create pharmaceuticals in a portable chemistry lab has the potential to revolutionize how drugs are made and delivered. A prototype built by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology can create pharmaceuticals on the fly. That means that hospitals or clinics could stock the mobile chemistry lab with raw materials and produce what they need only when they need it, reducing the cost and acquisition time of drugs.

While the researchers are working on hurdles related to intellectual property rights (they’ll focus on generics for now), they’re still pushing towards smaller, more mobile units.

Read more at NPR.