DOI: 10.3390/pharmaceutics15092230 ISSN:

3D Printing of Personalised Carvedilol Tablets Using Selective Laser Sintering

Atabak Ghanizadeh Tabriz, Quentin Gonot-Munck, Arnaud Baudoux, Vivek Garg, Richard Farnish, Orestis L. Katsamenis, Ho-Wah Hui, Nathan Boersen, Sandra Roberts, John Jones, Dennis Douroumis
  • Pharmaceutical Science

Selective laser sintering (SLS) has drawn attention for the fabrication of three-dimensional oral dosage forms due to the plurality of drug formulations that can be processed. The aim of this work was to employ SLS with a CO2 laser for the manufacturing of carvedilol personalised dosage forms of various strengths. Carvedilol (CVD) and vinylpyrrolidone-vinyl acetate copolymer (Kollidon VA64) blends of various ratios were sintered to produce CVD tablets of 3.125, 6.25, and 12.5 mg. The tuning of the SLS processing laser intensity parameter improved printability and impacted the tablet hardness, friability, CVD dissolution rate, and the total amount of drug released. Physicochemical characterization showed the presence of CVD in the amorphous state. X-ray micro-CT analysis demonstrated that the applied CO2 intensity affected the total tablet porosity, which was reduced with increased laser intensity. The study demonstrated that SLS is a suitable technology for the development of personalised medicines that meet the required specifications and patient needs.

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