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First and Only Single Capsule Daily Rx Prenatal Vitamin With Plant-Based DHA Now Available
Date:12/3/2008

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. announced its plans to market PreNexa(TM), the first and only single gel capsule prenatal vitamin with the most plant-based Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, 265 mg) for women considering pregnancy, pregnant women and new mothers who are breastfeeding.(1-6)

"Martek's life'sDHA(TM), the DHA in PreNexa(TM), is derived from a natural plant source grown outside the ocean.(1,7) It is also the same DHA source used in infant formulas and has been granted Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status for use in infant formulas by the United States Food and Drug Administration," said Steve Dubin, CEO of Martek.(8) The availability of PreNexa(TM) avoids the potential of being exposed to oceanborne pollutants like mercury because it derives its DHA from microalgae, a direct plant source. In addition, for women with an allergic sensitivity to fish, PreNexa(TM) offers healthcare professionals the first single-capsule prenatal vitamin with plant-based DHA.

DHA is a key omega-3 fatty acid used throughout the body. It works to support fetal and infant brain and eye development.(9,10) The source of DHA for many other prenatal vitamins is fish oil, which can leave patients with a fishy smell, taste and after taste.

The plant-based DHA in PreNexa(TM) is derived from algae grown in fermentation tanks and processed in a closed and controlled manufacturing process. Whereas, fish-based DHA is obtained by extracting DHA after the fish have eaten algae and the oil has been processed through varying filtration methods.(7) "PreNexa(TM) represents an advancement in delivery by being the first single-capsule prenatal vitamin with the most plant-based DHA for women, before and after the birth of their child," said Mark Evenstad, Vice Chairman/President of Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.

DHA is polyunsaturated and contains 22 carbon fatty acids which are
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