Lacey, WA – May 31, 2005 – Unigen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leading research and development facility and supplier of proprietary, biologically active plant-derived ingredients to the natural products and pharmaceutical industries, has announced a partnership with Healthy Directions, LLC to produce Joint & Muscle Comfort® PLUS, an all-natural joint care product launched last month. The product contains 500mg of Unigen’s patented and award-winning Univestin® ingredient, a plant-based bioactive natural compound addressing joint health and mobility.
The original Joint & Muscle Comfort formula containing Univestin was launched in 2003. Due to the combined success of this product along with Univestin’s recent human clinical trials, the product was reformulated to demonstrate optimal efficacy—and provide customers with a joint care solution with remarkable results. The new and improved Joint & Muscle Comfort PLUS product is marketed under the Dr. Whitaker name as part of his Forward Nutrition product line, and is sold online and through direct sales channels.
“Joint discomfort affects more than 70 million Americans—or one in three adults,” says Unigen’s Executive Vice President Regan Miles. “Based on today’s need for joint health products that are natural, safe and efficacious, we are thrilled to support the efforts of Healthy Directions in providing a highly active ingredient in their product formulation.”
According to Tom Callahan, Vice President of Potomac, Maryland-based Healthy Directions, “Joint & Muscle Comfort has been one of Dr. Whitaker’s most popular products. Our new and improved Joint & Muscle Comfort PLUS offers a perfect blend of nutritional ingredients that work synergistically to address everyday pain and stiffness and the building of healthy cartilage and joints.”
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About Unigen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Unigen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (www.UnigenPharma.com) is a leading natural products research and development company and proprietary ingredients supplier. The company is dedicated to the discovery of botanically derived therapeutic compounds that address consumer health needs and help improve the quality of human life. Its research and discovery process includes extensive work at both the human cell and gene level. Unigen and sister company Aloecorp, Inc. each focus on identifying and studying the unique ingredients of medicinal botanicals (Aloecorp’s focus is on Aloe vera) and then formulating proprietary raw materials for use in cosmeceutical, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical products.
About Dr. Whitaker
Julian Whitaker, M.D. (www.DrWitaker.com) has been practicing medicine for more than 25 years. During this time, he has helped thousands of people live longer, healthier lives by utilizing the best of conventional medicine combined with the most powerful alternative approaches, including the use of quality vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements. Dr. Whitaker believes in drawing upon the body’s own natural healing powers for preventing disease and restoring health. He formed the Whitaker Wellness Institute over 20 years ago, a clinic dedicated to helping patients achieve optimal health. Dr. Whitaker has also been publishing for a decade his Health & Healing newsletter reaching more than half a million subscribers.
About Healthy Directions
Healthy Directions, LLC (www.HealthyDirections.com) is a leading newsletter publisher and provider of physician-branded nutritional supplements with a focus on leading consumers toward healthy choices in their lives. The company is a recognized leader in providing authoritative health and wellness solutions to consumers. In addition to producing online resources and publishing newsletters, Healthy Directions’ subsidiary, Doctors’ Preferred, LLC, is a leading vitamin and nutritional supplement company that develops and sells proprietary, branded nutritional supplements, including the Dr. Whitaker product line.
Regan Miles, Executive Vice President
Unigen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.