Consumer Healthcare Products
M&C Specialties leverages its status as an FDA-registered drug establishment for the manufacture, packaging, and labeling of OTC drugs to help our customers bring to market a range of unique converted adhesive patches and related products in the consumer healthcare space.
Major applications in this area include:
- Topical over-the-counter drug patches
- Naturopathic ingredient patches
Topical OTC Drug Patches
The term topical delivery generally refers to medications applied to the skin that utilize passive diffusion of an active ingredient to produce a local effect (in contrast to transdermal delivery, in which the medication penetrates the primary barrier of the skin to reach systemic circulation or deeper underlying tissue.) Types of topical OTC monograph drug patches we develop include pain patches formulated with lidocaine or other active ingredients for the relief of joint pain or back pain. We have also developed salicylic acid patches for footcare applications.
Active OTC drug ingredients we have experience with include:
- Methyl Salicylate
Naturopathic Treatment Patches
Naturopathic medicine focuses on natural remedies, including herbal active ingredients, to help the body heal itself. The market for naturopathic patches includes products designed to relieve pain, nausea, motion sickness, vertigo, cramping, and anxiety, among various other issues.
Naturopathic ingredients we have experience with include:
- Essential oils (aloe, lavender, green tea)
- Hemp oil
Our Expertise & Process
M&C Specialties works with our clients to determine the appropriate active ingredient and concentration, adhesive system, face stock, releaser liner, and inactive materials for their unique consumer healthcare solutions. Inactive ingredients can include any materials that are Generally Recognized as Safe by the US FDA and are not advertised to cure or relieve a specific disease or condition. Once a product is defined, we develop samples in the lab and send them out for customer approval. We manage all stability testing procedures for the development-stage product, including accelerated age testing and other analytical measures. In addition, we oversee all regulatory aspects of the development process, including establishing a National Drug Code for the product and applying for a customer labeler code if needed.
In the development and manufacture of consumer healthcare products, we formulate and apply adhesive to the selected face stock material. The FDA-monographed drug or naturopathic ingredient is typically integrated into the adhesive matrix itself. We then utilize our world-class converting capabilities to cut, package, and label the web format/adhesive-coated face stock into the finished product. M&C Specialties’ converting, development, and supply chain expertise make us the ideal partner for the manufacture and development of medicated OTC adhesive patches and naturopathic ingredient patches. Contact us today to discuss your consumer healthcare adhesive product idea.