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What makes FeraMAX® different from other iron supplements, and why is it important?
- FeraMAX® is an oral iron supplement for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia
- FeraMAX® is the #1 recommended iron supplement by physicians and pharmacists in Canada
- Available online and at pharmacies across Canada
- Available as capsule and powder which does not stain teeth
- FeraMAX® does not need a prescription, but is kept behind the counter. Talk to the pharmacist.
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- How is FeraMAX® supplied?
FeraMAX® 150 is available in a bottle of 100 capsules or carton of 30 capsules.
FeraMAX® Powder is available in an 83 g bottle.
- What is FeraMAX® 150?
FeraMAX® 150 is an oral iron supplement formulated with polysaccharides in a stable complex. It is manufactured by a specialized process whereby the iron is coated with polysaccharides (starches/sugars). This coating allows the iron to pass through the stomach relatively intact where it is absorbed through the small intestine and is then delivered to the bloodstream.
It is a dark brown powder which, when dissolved in water forms a very dark brown solution.
It is virtually tasteless and odorless.
It is an organic complex and contains no free ions, also described as being non-ionic.
Due to the polysaccharide coating (matrix) it is electrically neutral.
- What conditions/pathologies are at risk for iron deficiency?
Menstruating girls and women
Pre-term infants and children
Iron deficient anemia
Post-gastric bypass or bariatric surgery
Hookworm; intestinal parasites
- Is FeraMAX® 150 the original PIC in Canada?
Yes! FeraMAX® 150 is the original PIC in Canada.
The original polysaccharide-iron-complex (PIC) was from Schwartz Pharma, which developed, manufactured, and launched the first PIC under the brand name Niferex. Schwartz ultimately transferred its manufacturing rights of this PIC molecule to a third party and Niferex was subsequently discontinued in Canada.
BioSyent Pharma contracted the manufacturing exclusivity of this PIC molecule and then continued to manufacture the product under a new brand, namely FeraMAX®. Consequently, as it is derived directly from the original manufacturing process of PIC, FeraMAX® is the original PIC molecule.
Currently FeraMAX® is the only iron supplement manufactured in a North American FDA approved facility.
Subsequently, there have been several “Branded Generic” PICs launched in Canada trying to leverage the success of this formulation that provides less side effects and convenient once a day dosing.
- How is FeraMAX® 150 different from other iron supplements?
Most iron supplements are ferrous (iron) salts. FeraMAX® 150 is a polysaccharide-iron complex. This formulation provides a well tolerated high-dosage of elemental iron. It is also the only iron supplement that is Vegan Certified.
- What are the properties of FeraMAX® 150?
FeraMAX® 150 is positively charged and soluble at pH < 4.0. This solubility at low pH may be associated with improved absorption. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that polysaccharide-iron complexes have a ferrihydrite (β-FeOOH) structure that closely resembles the structure of ferritin, the natural intracellular protein that binds iron in duodenal cells. The fact that the polysaccharide-iron complex closely resembles endogenous carriers of iron could account for its high bioavailability and reduced side effects.
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