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Mission Pharmacal Launches CitraNatal(R) Assure Prescription Prenatal Vitamin
Date:12/8/2008

Designed to ensure comfort and optimize nutrition for women and their babies

SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Mission Pharmacal today announced the addition of CitraNatal(R) Assure to its CitraNatal(R) family of prescription prenatal vitamins. CitraNatal Assure builds on the benefits of the CitraNatal line and offers increased nutrients for women and their babies.

Prenatal vitamins are an important resource for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. They provide women with the essential vitamins and minerals they may be lacking from a healthy diet alone.

"CitraNatal Assure provides women with all the prenatal essentials of the CitraNatal line, and also offers increased levels of several vitamins and minerals," said Neill Walsdorf, Jr., President of Mission Pharmacal. "Mission Pharmacal is proud to add this unique formulation to the CitraNatal family to offer women another prenatal option to meet their individual needs."

CitraNatal Assure contains 300mg of Martek's life'sDHA(TM), a patented, plant-based form of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, which is consistent with current published guidelines for pregnant and lactating women(1). DHA is the recommended essential fatty acid for prenatal care. It has been shown to be instrumental in the baby's pre- and postnatal brain, eye and nervous system development, increase the baby's gestation period, birth weight and size, lead to higher visual acuity at age 60 days, and increase cognitive and psychomotor developments(2,3,4). DHA cannot be produced naturally by the body; it must be gathered from diet or supplements.

CitraNatal Assure also offers increased levels of iron and vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 contributes to a baby's developing brain and nervous system(5) and may help some women reduce severe nausea or vomiting during pregnancy(6). It also helps the body maintain blood glucose levels, meta
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