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Are Edible QR Codes the Medicine of the Future?

Are Edible QR Codes the Medicine of the Future?
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University of Copenhagen The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


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University of Copenhagen The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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For the last 100 years, researchers have constantly pushed the boundaries for our knowledge about medicine and how different bodies can respond differently to it. However, the methods for the production of medicine have not yet moved itself away from mass production. Many who have a given illness get the same product with equal amount of an active compound.

This production might soon be in the past. In a new study, researchers from the University of Copenhagen together with colleagues from Åbo Akademi University in Finland have developed a new method for producing medicine. They produce a white edible material. Here, they print a QR code consisting of a medical drug.

“This technology is promising, because the medical drug can be dosed exactly the way you want it to. This gives an opportunity to tailor the medication according to the patient getting it,” says Natalja Genina, Assistant Professor at Department of Pharmacy.

The shape of a QR code also enables storage of data in the “pill” itself.

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