Miami-based bioceutical and nutritional supplement manufacturer Scimera BioScience announced the launch of its novel probiotic formulation, Asprega ProPac, to address the gastrointestinal side effects of antibiotic therapy including antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD). Unique to ProPac, Scimera packages its probiotic in a convenient, affordable 10-day course to be taken along with a typical 10-day course of antibiotics.
Doctors and physician extenders in the U.S. prescribe more than 133 million courses of antibiotics each year, excluding hospital-based prescriptions. And among the patients who take these antibiotics, approximately 30 percent, or nearly 40 million, suffer from gastrointestinal distress and AAD. ProPac, which uses the same complex blend of 11 probiotic strains and saccharomyces boulardii yeast found in Scimera’s Asprega product, addresses the “good bacteria” sometimes disturbed during antibiotic therapy.
“We have seen plenty of evidence over the past half-dozen years that probiotics can prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea for about 50 to 60 percent of patients who suffer from symptoms,” said Frederick Chaleff, M.D., president and CEO of Scimera BioScience and one of the key players in formulating Asprega. “Now, we can offer patients an affordable option to address the side effects from taking their antibiotics.”
Asprega ProPac’s novel packaging provides pharmacies and other retailers with significant opportunity for ancillary sales along with each antibiotic prescription filled. The launch of Asprega ProPac also holds potential to improve the likelihood that more patients taking antibiotics will complete their therapy.
At 20 billion CFUs, or colony forming units, Asprega ProPac has more than double the potency of most probiotics. In addition, its special delayed-release capsule delivers maximum effectiveness deep in the digestive tract.