Medical Polymers

Exceptional healthcare products with proven performance begin with the polymer technology of our medical device solutions. Lubrizol works with you to create functional polymer solutions for various medical applications.
Polymers and Excipients

Pharmaceutical Excipients

We are the world’s largest manufacturer of pharmaceutical grade carbomers, polycarbophil, and thermoplastic polyurethanes. Lubrizol has been manufacturing pharmaceutical excipients for more than 35 years. 


Vesta Manufacturing

Medical Device Design, Development, and Manufacturing

We help you achieve the optimal clinical outcome for your products with a full range of medical device contract manufacturing and support services—from design assistance through manufacturing and packaging. 

Pharmaceutical Contract Development and Manufacturing

We are the preferred CDMO for formulation and manufacturing of complex drug products, including insoluble compounds, long-acting injectables/implantables, sterile products, highly potent APIs, and controlled substances. 

Featured Applications

Ophthalmic Drug Solutions

Ophthalmic Drug Delivery

Lubrizol is a comprehensive solution partner for the ophthalmic industry, supplying both excipients (Pathway™, Carbopol® polymers, Pemulen™ polymeric emulsifiers, and Noveon® polycarbophil) and contract development and manufacturing services.
Drug Eluting Device

Long-Acting Implantables and Injectables

As a solutions partner for long-acting dosage forms, Lubrizol supplies both pharmaceutical-grade polymers (Pathway™ excipients) and contract development and manufacturing services for a wide variety of combination products and depot injections.
Oral Care

Oral Care

Carbopol® polymers can be used in oral care applications such as toothpastes and gels, desensitizing, and whitening products. Our polymers primarily function as efficient thickeners and co-binders at low usage levels in both aqueous and anhydrous systems.


Lubrizol provides high performance, high quality polymers as part of our commitment to enable cardiac device technology.  Lubrizol’s TPU products for use in cardiology related products include Carbothane™ TPU, Isoplast® TPU,  Pellethane® TPU, and Tecothane™ TPU.


Our polymers are well suited for use in endovascular medical devices because of their long history of proven biocompatibility and indwelling softening characteristics. Lubrizol polymers have been used in vascular applications for more than 30 years.


Our polymers are well suited for use in a variety of urological applications because of their biocompatibility, chemical resistance, hydrophilic properties, indwelling softening characteristics, and lubricity.

Featured References

Medical Device

Medical Products Comparison Chart

Compare features and processing options for our medical polymer portfolio at a glance. Use links to learn more about specific product lines and find the option that is right for your application.
Medical Contract Manufacturing Literature

Thermoplastic Polyurethane in Drug Delivery

Pathway™ thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs) are well recognized as a safe, reliable, and effective option for many drug delivery systems. Read our curated list of reference papers, reviews, and posters that support the use of TPU in pharmaceutical applications.
Complex Drug Products Blog

Complex Drug Products Blog

Our CDMO business is the preferred partner for complex drug products. Learn from our regular posts on topics related to complex drug products, including insoluble compounds, long-acting dosage forms, sterile products, and highly potent APIs/controlled substances.


Medical Polymers Literature

Explore our complete collection of literature for medical polymers, including brochures, processing guides, whitepapers, and more.

Pharmaceutical Excipient Literature

Explore our complete collection of literature for pharmaceutical excipients, including brochures, educational bulletins, and technical data sheets.

Medical Contract Manufacturing Literature

Explore our complete collection of literature for medical device contract manufacturing, including brochures, data sheets, and white papers.

About the Health Business Team

The Health business team at Lubrizol Life Science partners with customers to speed their innovative medical devices and differentiated pharmaceutical products to market. Our dedicated team provides best-in-class polymers and excipients, along with state-of-the-art product design, development, and manufacturing services, with the ultimate goal of creating solutions that improve patient outcomes. 

Topical Lotions and Gels

Topical IID/IIG Listed Ingredients

Did you know that Lubrizol offers a whole range of IID listed ingredients that can help improve the feel and performance of your topical pharmaceutical formulations?