Inventing a Machine That Spits Out Drugs in a Whole New Way

The Defense Department is funding a device that produces 1,000 pills in 24 hours and raises the possibility that hospitals and pharmacies could make their own pills as needed.

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR. This story is part of a reporting partnership among NPR, WBUR and Kaiser Health News.

In a lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all the work that happens in a vast pharmaceutical manufacturing plant happens in a device the size of your kitchen refrigerator. And it’s fast. This prototype machine produces 1,000 pills in 24 hours, faster than it can take to produce some batches in a factory.

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