New Prescription Vitamin B12 Tabs May Eliminate Need for Injection

New Prescription Vitamin B12 Tabs May Eliminate Need for Injection
New Prescription Vitamin B12 Tabs May Eliminate Need for Injection

Emisphere Technologies announced the launch of Eligen B12 (cyanocobalamin 100mcg, salcaprozate sodium [SNAC] 100mg) for the dietary management of patients who have a vitamin B12 deficiency associated with a disease or condition that cannot be managed by a modification of the normal diet alone.

Eligen B12 is the first once-daily prescription medical food tablet to normalize B12 levels without an injection. The tablets incorporate Eligen Technology, which uses SNAC as a carrier to help bring B12 through the gastric lining and into the bloodstream separate from the protein in the stomach that usually facilitates B12 absorption.

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A study compared the effect of Eligen B12 and intramuscular B12 injection on plasma B12 levels in patients with demonstrated B12 deficiency (n=50). Both products normalized B12 levels at first observation on Day 15 and maintained levels over the three-month duration of the study. Another study compared bioavailability in in patients treated with Eligen B12 and a standard over-the-counter (OTC) oral B12 supplement (n=20). The bioavailability of Eligen B12 was more than double the OTC oral B12 supplement (5.09% vs. 2.16%).

Eligen B12 tablets are available in 30-count bottles.

For more information call (973) 532-8000 or visit Emisphere.com.

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