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Metered Dose Inhalers

3M: the metered dose inhaler expert.

Partner with the Metered Dose Inhaler Expert

Hundreds of millions of people across the globe rely on MDIs to treat respiratory conditions. In the pharmaceutical market, high demand and fierce competition drive the pressure to reduce costs while increasing choice and distribution. You need cost-effective ways to differentiate your product and stay ahead. You need MDI experts that can help you from formulation and development to commercialization and global reach, to offer what the market needs. You need a partner whose focus is to get you to market quickly. You need 3M.
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An Experienced Partner

Discover why companies worldwide rely on 3M Drug Delivery Systems to help them with their MDI products. Since our creation of the first metered dose inhaler more than 50 years ago, 3M has been at the forefront of inhalation drug delivery systems and technologies.

The Advantage of Customization

We understand every step of the process from start to finish. Plus, we know every part of the MDI from the inside out, so we can guide you in selecting the right options to differentiate your product – driving patient and physician preference. Our array of MDI components, such as dose counters, pressure fill valves, nasal actuators and breath-assisted actuators, can be customized to fit your needs.

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3M™ Autohaler™ Breath Actuated DeviceHelp Patients Breathe Easier
Some patients find it difficult to coordinate the actions of breathing in and pressing down at the same time. 3M developed the 3M™ Autohaler™ Breath Actuated Device to trigger actuation when breathing in, helping ensure patients receive their full dose of medication.

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The Benefit of Risk Mitigation

Minimize risk with a streamlined global manufacturing process that covers both cold-fill and pressure-fill devices. As inhalation experts, we understand the entire process – from formula development and clinical trials to commercial delivery and scaling up. And we understand the regulatory and technical requirements to foresee potential issues, mitigate them and plan ahead to lower manufacturing risk.

Inhalation Contract Manufacturing

Whether you want a primary contract fill manufacturer or a second source of supply, for cold or pressure fill, 3M's cGMP facilities can provide you with reassurance that your product will be available for market. Our Lean Six Sigma team ensures optimized operation which may result in lowering your costs.

  • Dedicated PTC facility to reduce risk of tech transfer
  • Global supply facilities adding experience and lowering critical incident risk
  • Regulatory knowledge that has enabled single-cycle reviews
  • Inhalation contract manufacturing with both cold fill & pressure-fill capabilities globally for secure source of supply
  • High-quality differentiated MDI components
  • Contract product development services
  • Secure supply chain with global compliance & distribution

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Get Started

3M delivers the core advantages you need to help ensure your success. Contact us online for a cost-free, no-obligation feasibility study for the first stage of assessment. Check out our inhalation contract manufacturing capabilities. Or take a look at our Nasal MDI drug delivery system.

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Related Posters, Presentations and Publications

Inhalation Drug Delivery: Product Differentiation in an Ever-Shifting Inhalation Landscape (1.14 mb, PDF)

Inhalation Drug Delivery: Manufacturing Services from Start to Finish (Video)

The Right Idea: Inhalation Device Manufacturing (318 kb, PDF)

Inhalation Manufacturing: Cold Fill, Pressure Fill & Finding the Right Partner (533 kb, PDF)

10 Ways to Protect Your pMDI Product (983 kb, PDF)

Poster: What is the Future of MDIs? (429 kb, PDF)

Research Article: What is the Future of MDIs? (730 kb, PDF)


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Whether you need a primary contract fill manufacturer or a second source of supply, for cold or pressure fill, 3M’s cGMP facilities can help.
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