CAMBRIDGE, MA -- High drug prices will be a thing of the past if the "P127 Polymulti Pill Printer" developed by MIT catches on. Students in the Engineering and Medical Sciences Division have been working for the past three years on the device, which allows people to print their own prescriptions at home.
"Why should you have to pay $100 for your heart pills when you can print them at home for $10?" said student Andy Masterson. The device interfaces with the Federal Health Care web site and allows doctors to prescribe medications which the patient then prints in their own home on the $500 printer. "The printer pays for itself after 20 prescriptions," said Masterson.
The first 100 printers have already been distributed to students at various universities throughout the country for beta testing. Tech4Days interviewed several of them.
"This is the greatest machine ever since they added the compounding mod [a mod that lets various drugs be combined into a single pill--ed.]," said Chico State student Liz Meyerson. "Last weekend I printed up some Percovicoxanavalicontin. It was great!"
Another student, William Orbit of NYU, was a bit cagier in his description. "Lets just say this machine lets my friend Molly come visit a lot more often and leave it at that."
Yet another student wasn't so thrilled with the printer. "I printed up some Ambien," said David Durmiendo of Santa Clara State "and when I woke up I found out that a bunch of other people had broken into my dorm room and used up all the chemicals in the printer. Plus, the machine is pure crap when it comes to printing weed."