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Upsher-Smith Introduces New Formulation of PreNexa® Prenatal Vitamins
Date:6/1/2010

MAPLE GROVE, Minn., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. announces the availability of a new formulation of PreNexa® Rx prenatal vitamins with changes to the amounts of folic acid and iron.  

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), women need extra iron and folic acid during pregnancy.(1)  PreNexa®'s newest formulation contains 1.25 mg of folic acid and 27 mg of iron.(2)  Folic acid supplementation, in addition to a healthy diet, can help reduce the risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida during fetal development.  Iron supports the formation of healthy red blood cells.(1)

In addition to folic acid and iron, PreNexa® contains essential vitamins and minerals that are important in the overall health and well-being of mother and baby including calcium, vitamins B6, C, D3 and 300 mg of plant-based docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in one single gel capsule taken once a day.  

"PreNexa®'s newest formulation continues to demonstrate Upsher-Smith's commitment to expectant mothers by providing essential nutrients in an all-in-one prenatal vitamin," said Wesley Mark Todd, MD, Senior Director Medical Affairs, Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.  "A balanced diet is a fundamental part of good health at all times, but especially during pregnancy.  Upsher-Smith is pleased to have the opportunity to help women achieve this important goal before, during, and after pregnancy."

The NDC number for the new formulation of PreNexa® is 0245-0178-30.  Key product features remain the same, including: the bottle configuration, amount per bottle (30 gel capsules), look of the gel capsule, and regimen of one pill once daily.  

Important Safety Information

Please see full Prescribing Information for a complete list of warnings and precautions.

Warning: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under six.  KEEP THIS PRODUCT OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.  In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

About Upsher-Smith

Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. is a rapidly growing pharmaceutical company that manufactures and markets both prescription and consumer products.  Privately held since 1919, the company strives to recognize the unmet healthcare needs of its customers.  Upsher-Smith prides itself on providing safe, effective, and economical therapies to the ever-challenged healthcare environment.  For additional information about PreNexa®, visit www.prenexa.com, or to learn more about Upsher-Smith, visit www.upsher-smith.com.    

References

(1) The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ACOG.  ACOG education pamphlet.  Nutrition during pregnancy.  http://www.acog.org/publications/patient_education/bp001.cfm.  Accessed May 21, 2010.

(2) PreNexa (package insert).  Minneapolis, MN: Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc; 2010.


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