More than 50 million metered dose inhalers (MDIs) are made by 3M each year. More than half of all MDIs worldwide utilize our MDI technology. Over the past 40 years, we've built a solid worldwide reputation in inhalation drug delivery systems.
We provide development and contract manufacturing as well as components, such as metered dose valves and canisters. We are currently working with several major pharmaceutical companies on development, manufacturing and component technology.
Drugs inhaled into the lungs have many advantages over other delivery methods such as capsules and injections. Inhalation delivers chemicals into the body quickly and effectively. For medications designed to work on the lungs themselves, direct delivery through inhalation means smaller doses and therefore fewer side effects than with oral therapy.
Metered Dose Inhalers are aerosol delivery systems that release a precisely measured dose of medication to the lungs. Developed in the 1950's, they continue to be the most popular means of delivering medication to the lungs, because they are compact, discreet and portable.