INDIANAPOLIS--(BW HealthWire)--July 31, 2002--Integrity Pharmaceutical Corporation announced today that it has launched a new prenatal vitamin formulated to reduce the side effects of stomach upset and nausea that many pregnant women get from their vitamins.
Duet(TM) by StuartNatal(R) is formulated for optimal prenatal nutrition with minimal side effects, and is available in both a tablet and a great tasting chewable form. Both products are available by prescription only.
"Physicians and nurses know that nausea is one of the primary reasons why women quit taking prenatal vitamins," said Keith Gates, chief executive officer of Integrity. "Duet(TM) by StuartNatal(R) has been developed to increase patient compliance and best meet the nutritional needs of expectant mothers and their babies, while causing as few side effects as possible. The introduction of Duet(TM) continues the long tradition of quality established by StuartNatal for the past 50 years. It represents our commitment to women's health and to introducing innovative products that make a difference in the lives of our patients."
The company has doubled its sales force for the introduction of Duet(TM) by StuartNatal(R) and will promote the product directly to over 12,000 OB/GYN specialists.
A new blend of iron
Iron is a critical mineral in a pregnant women's diet. A common side effect of too much iron, however, is stomach upset and constipation. Duet(TM) by StuartNatal(R) delivers 29 mg of iron, over 100% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA), using a patented iron blend of ferrous fumarate and Ferrochel(R) which is formulated to be easy on the stomach and reduce nausea. Duet(TM) by StuartNatal(R) also contains 25 mg of vitamin B6, which has been shown in studies to be helpful in reducing the severity of nausea in pregnant women.
Both forms of Duet are very similar in nutritional content. Patients who have difficulty swallowing tablets can take Duet Chewable. A recent nationwide study concluded that the taste of Duet Chewable was comparable to the market leading chewable multi-vitamin. With Duet, women now can get optimal prenatal nutrition in a tablet or in a great tasting chewable.
Vitamin meets all applicable USP standards
Both forms of Duet(TM) by StuartNatal(R) meet all applicable United States Pharmacopeia (USP) standards for quality, potency, purity and dissolution for all active ingredients including folic acid. Meeting USP standards is not a requirement for vitamins in the United States and many vitamins do not meet this high standard. Folic acid is important in pregnant women because studies have shown that it reduces the occurrence of neural tube defects (NTDs) in the growing fetus. It has been documented that up to 70 percent of NTDs can be prevented if all women of childbearing age consumed 400 micrograms of folic acid every day, beginning before pregnancy.
Duet(TM) by StuartNatal(R) is the latest evolution in a line of prenatal vitamins that have carried the trusted Stuart(TM) or StuartNatal(R) names since 1954. Integrity acquired the StuartNatal(R) line from Wyeth-Ayerst, a division of American Home Products Corporation, now Wyeth (NYSE:WYE), in April 2000. Consumers and healthcare providers interested in more information about Duet(TM) by StuartNatal(R) can go to www.stuartnatal.com.
Ferrochel(R) (ferrous bis-glycinate chelate) is manufactured by and is a registered trademark of Albion International, Inc. Ferrochel is a well-tolerated, readily absorbed source of iron and is used as a food additive around the world. More information can be found at www.albion-an.com.
Integrity Pharmaceutical Corporation is a privately owned, fully integrated pharmaceutical company focused on providing innovative products for the Obstetrician/Gynecology and Urology specialties. The company, located in Indianapolis, IN, has a nationwide sales force and currently markets numerous products including Urimax(R), Duet(TM) by StuartNatal(R), StuartNatal(R) Plus 3(TM), and Stuart Prenatal(R). More information about Integrity can be found on the company website at www.integritypharma.com or by calling 1-800-823-6878.