Lubricious Silicone Coatings and Lubricants
Cutting edges, hypodermic or suture needles, and other medical instruments that are inserted into the human
body such as catheters and feeding tubes often require lubrication or lubricious coatings that are durable and long
lasting for repeated use.
Benefits of Siliconization
Silicones are known for their feel-enhancing effects and lubricity. Silicones provide effective lubrication solutions
for many medical device applications by:
• Spontaneously spreading out in thin films
• Reducing the coefficient of friction, insertion force, and machine-ability
• Minimizing break-loose and extrusion forces
• Alleviating any discomfort a patient may experience during insertion and removal of a device
Lubricious silicone coatings come in the form of fluids, dispersions and greases varying in viscosity, cure
characteristics and functionality. Some attributes of each are listed below:
Most NuSil materials intended for use as a healthcare lubricant are supported by applicable USP and ISO 10993
testing requirements. Master Access Files that have been submitted with the US FDA are available upon request.
MED-361 has been tested in accordance with and meets the requirements of: European Pharmacopoeia (EP)
Monograph for “Silicone Oil Used as a Lubricant”.