KEY DRIVERS OF 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGY APPLICATION IN PRODUCING MEDICATION

YAACOB, NUR AFIFAH (2018) KEY DRIVERS OF 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGY APPLICATION IN PRODUCING MEDICATION. Other thesis, Faculty of Technology Management and Business: Department of Technology Management.

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Abstract

The importance of 3D printing technology is increasingly being recognized in the medicine and medical device industries. The technology has generated novel applications that can be used to improve medical fields. As the applications are expanding rapidly, it is expected to make a revolution in the healthcare industries. However, little is known regarding the key drivers that could influence future application of this technology in the industries; especially in producing medicine(drugs). Hence, this study aims: (1) To understand the perceptions of pharmacists on the application of 3D printing technology in producing drugs, (2) To identify the key drivers that can influence the application of the technology, and (3) To identify the extent to which the drivers could influence the future application of 3D printing technology in producing drugs. This study used foresight methodology specifically STEEPV method, impact-uncertainty, and future trends to achieve the objectives. Data collection involved face-to-face questionnaire distribution among pharmacists in Johor Bahru. Analysis of the data revealed that the top two key drivers that could influence the application of 3D printing technology in producing drugs are safer testing method and cost effectiveness of medicine. The safer testing method were considered as safe application. The top two drivers were used in scenario analysis to give an insight on four future possibilities that can occur in the year 2027 to 2032 regarding the use of the technology.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Technology Management and Business > Department of Management and Technology
Depositing User: PSM Coordinator BPA
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2018 17:16
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2018 17:16
URI: http://ethesis.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/656

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