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Many components, one trusted partner.

It’s no secret that skin has many layers. The same can be said for transdermal patches. Several components comprise a transdermal patch: backings, liners, membranes and tapes. 3M delivers the customer and technical support you need to solve for challenging formulations, enhance patch aesthetic appearance and design for long-term success.

Why companies choose 3M.

  • Regulatory expertise

    3M helps you meet your regional regulatory standards by providing you with a Letter of Authorization referencing our components Drug Master File. We’ll supply the material, specifications and components to help streamline the approval process.

  • Component manufacturing capabilities

    Quality change control systems and Lean Six Sigma tools help ensure high quality and consistency for your product.

  • Customer service

    Our representatives help determine the right materials for your project and offer technical and quality support every step of the way.


Transdermal component products.

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  • Liners

    The release liner protects the adhesive and drug formulation and is removed prior to patch application. When choosing a liner consider adhesive and drug formulations along with release force.

  • Backings

    The backing is the outermost layer of the patch, and it protects the formulation during wear. When choosing a backing consider the barrier properties, patient comfort, and cosmetic appearance.

  • Membranes

    In multi-layer and reservoir patch systems, the membrane contributes to the control of the diffusion rate of the drug into the skin. When choosing membranes consider material composition and thickness.

  • Tapes

    Tapes protect the patch and provide good skin adhesion during wear. Our tape components are part of 3M's family of medical tapes, which can be found in hospitals and clinics around the world.


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    If you already know what you need or if you need some assistance in determining the product for your solution, ask our design specialist.

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Want to learn more about transdermal components?

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    Manufacturing challenges can often complicate the already demanding job of medical device design.

    To help you successfully get ahead of these challenges, we compiled our knowledge from working with design engineers and device manufacturers around the world into a guide – “A design engineer’s guide to manufacturing challenges: Finding balance between design, material & production.”

    It will help you learn from obstacles others have experienced, ultimately helping you navigate the development process more efficiently.

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