Navigation Links
New technology may prevent vitamin B12 deficient seniors and vegetarians from needing injections
Date:6/17/2008

TORONTO, Canada (June 17, 2008) For those patients who receive the nearly 40 million intramuscular injections per year to treat their B12 deficiency, a new oral option may soon exist.

According to the National Institutes of Health, vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to a wide spectrum of conditions, such as anemia, dementia and reduced cognitive functioning. Vitamin B12 deficiency is a significant health issue. Nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population is B12 deficient (Tufts University, Boston). This includes a sizable number of patients who are severely deficient and are currently being treated. Further, a vast number of people are completely unaware they are B12 deficient and will eventually need treatment. Seniors and strict vegetarians are most at risk. Symptoms such as fatigue, constipation, loss of appetite and weight loss can occur in those who are deficient.

Currently, physicians rely on B12 shots for people with vitamin B12 deficiency because of the poor bioavailability of oral formulations. Past studies have shown that only approximately one percent of a vitamin B12 tablet gets absorbed in the bloodstream after traveling through the digestive track. Because so much of the vitamin is wasted, alternatives to effectively treat or protect against B12 deficiency are needed.

"Vitamin B12 is a perfect example of the successful application of our eligen technology," said Cristina Castelli, Ph. D., AAPS expert and lead researcher at Emisphere Technologies, Inc. "Our current studies have shown our oral solid formulation brings vitamin B12 absorption to a range of 7-30% without the discomfort of an invasive route of administration."

Ms. Castelli and other project researchers will be at the AAPS National Biotechnology Conference to present and discuss their research with hundreds of pharmaceutical scientists from countries around the world.

Animal testing has been completed and researchers are now conducting human studies.


'/>"/>

Contact: Amanda Rich
arich@golinharris.com
305-572-2142
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. US and UK research centers launch major collaboration on atmospheric research, technology
2. New technology enhances therapeutic potential of cord blood stem cells
3. bioMETRX, Inc. Partners with Biometric Solutions, LLC to Deliver Next Generation Finger Activated Technology
4. Synergy between biology and physics drives cell-imaging technology
5. Brown to host conference on advances in neurotechnology
6. DHS, business leaders discuss technology to protect US at Homeland Security conference
7. Scripps Research Institute awarded patent for remarkable chemical technology
8. Neurotechnology Announces MegaMatcher 2.1 SDK for Development of Large-scale AFIS and Multi-biometric Face-Fingerprint Identification Systems
9. IEEE Homeland Security Conference Business Panel to feature experts on technology commercialization
10. Atmel Receives Frost & Sullivans Technology Innovation Award for FingerChip(R) Biometric Sensor
11. Too much technology may be killing beneficial bacteria
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/17/2017)... , April 17, 2017 NXT-ID, Inc. ... company, announces the filing of its 2016 Annual Report on Form ... Exchange Commission. ... Form 10-K is available in the Investor Relations section of the ... on the SEC,s website at http://www.sec.gov . 2016 ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... , April 11, 2017 Crossmatch®, ... secure authentication solutions, today announced that it has ... Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to develop next-generation ... program. "Innovation has been a driving ... Thor program will allow us to innovate and ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ:   NXTD ) ("NXT-ID" or ... independent Directors Mr. Robin D. Richards and Mr. ... the company,s corporate governance and expertise. ... Gino Pereira , Chief Executive Officer said," ... and benefiting from their considerable expertise as we move forward ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/25/2017)... ... July 25, 2017 , ... ... of Strategic Planning. His extensive background in consulting, development and marketing make ... marketing and differentiation consulting, business strategy development, new product marketing and global ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... ... July 24, 2017 , ... ... announced that the stock market news outlet had initiated coverage on Interpace ... that screens and identifies exposure, progression and risk analysis from specific cancers ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 20, 2017 , ... VIC Technology Venture Development™ (VIC™), ... of directors. This addition continues to strengthen and diversify VIC’s board. , "We ... Chairman. “He is a highly accomplished business executive with a broad range of experience ...
(Date:7/18/2017)... ... July 18, 2017 , ... Nanomedical Diagnostics, a ... announces the launch of a new NTA biosensor chip for use with its ... the kinetics of polyhistidine-tagged (His-tagged) molecules quickly and reliably. , “Recombinant proteins ...
Breaking Biology Technology: