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The Technology Behind Transdermal Components

Several transdermal components comprise a transdermal patch: transdermal backings, transdermal liners, transdermal membranes and transdermal tapes. 3M can help provide you with the customer and technical support you need to solve for challenging formulations, enhance patch aesthetic appearance and design for long-term success.

What sets our transdermal components apart

  • Transdermal components regulatory expertise

    3M helps you meet your regional regulatory standards by providing you with a Letter of Authorization referencing our transdermal 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 final transdermal product.

  • Customer service

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

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

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

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

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

Adhesive technology that sticks with you.

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Find the right material solution for your transdermal patch

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    Use our Find My Material Tool.

    Finding the right transdermal component technology for your next transdermal innovation is no small feat. That’s why we designed a free online product selector tool to simplify and streamline the process. Answer a few questions, get a custom list of transdermal material recommendations with our Find My Material Tool.

Ready to purchase your transdermal component?

Your next generation transdermal innovation is ready for next steps. Our network of Preferred Converters includes a diverse group of component manufacturing experts to help you take the next step.

  • Download our comprehensive guide to explore transdermal liners, transdermal backings, and transdermal packaging. You’ll find comprehensive diagrams, helpful videos, and more.

  • 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.