Frequently Asked Questions by Health Care Practitioners
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.

What conditions/pathologies are at risk for iron deficiency?

During pregnancy
Menstruating girls and women
Pre-term infants and children
Iron deficient anemia
Hemodialysis
Post-gastric bypass or bariatric surgery
Hookworm; intestinal parasites

What ingredients are in FeraMAX® Powder?

FeraMAX® 150 capsules can be opened carefully over the sink, and the contents mixed into a glass of water or sprinkled over soft foods.

  • Medicinal ingredient: Polysaccharide-iron complex
  • Non-medicinal ingredients: Grape and Raspberry flavouring, maltodextrin, and sucralose.
What ingredients are in FeraMAX®150?

FeraMAX® 150 capsules can be opened carefully over the sink, and the contents mixed into a glass of water or sprinkled over soft foods.

  • Medicinal ingredient: Polysaccharide-iron complex
  • Non-medicinal ingredients: carrageenan, D&C Red #28, D&C Yellow #10, FD&C Red #40, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, potassium chloride, and titanium dioxide.
Where do I purchase FeraMAX®?

FeraMAX® is available across Canada and supplied by all major pharmacy wholesalers/distributors to pharmacies.

Is FeraMAX® covered under drug insurance plans?

All oral iron products are regulated by Natural Health Product Directorate and thus no longer have a Drug Identification Number (DIN) but rather a Natural Health Product Number (NPN). NPN’s are generally not being covered by drug plans. Some drug plans cover oral iron supplements so we advise to contact your Insurance Company and enquire about coverage.

Does FeraMAX® Powder have a metallic taste?

No, FeraMAX® Powder does not have a metallic taste as our polysaccharide-iron complex is tasteless. We have added a pleasant tasting grape/raspberry flavour.

Will FeraMAX® Powder stain teeth?

No, FeraMAX® Powder will not stain teeth.

Is FeraMAX® Powder safe for babies and children?

Yes, FeraMAX® Powder is safe for babies and children. Click here for further information of the science and safety of FeraMAX®.

What is the amount of elemental iron per bottle of FeraMAX® Powder?

In an 83 g bottle of FeraMAX® Powder, there is 1800 mg of elemental iron which equals 120 x 15 mg doses of elemental iron.

How is FeraMAX® Powder dosed?

FeraMAX® Powder is dosed at 15mg of elemental iron per 1/4 teaspoon. Please click here to go to the Dosing Information page. Dissolve FeraMAX® Powder in water/juice or mix in soft foods or powdered cereal.

Should FeraMAX® 150 be taken with, or without food?

Many oral iron supplements should be taken on an empty stomach; however this increases the likelihood of adverse side effects. Due to its formulation and how it is absorbed, FeraMAX® 150 can be given with or without food. It is best to take FeraMAX® 150 at the same time each day.

Is FeraMAX® suitable for Vegan / Vegetarian diets?

BioSyent Pharma is pleased to announce the launch of our Vegan Certified FeraMAX® 150 capsules. The capsules have the same active ingredient – our innovative Polysaccharide-Iron Complex. The bovine capsule has been replaced with a hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) capsule that is suitable for vegan and vegetarian lifestyles.
This VegeCert logo proves that our product has been audited and inspected by inspectors from Kashruth Council of Canada (COR). These inspectors visit our manufacturing facilities to ensure that FeraMAX® 150 conforms to VegeCert’s high standards.
FeraMAX® Powder does not contain any animal by-product.

Are there any specific allergens present in FeraMAX® Powder?

FeraMAX® Powder is free of gluten, lactose, sulphuric compounds and alcohol.

Are there any specific allergens present in FeraMAX® 150?

FeraMAX® 150 does not contain lactose, gluten or sulphuric compounds in its formulations. These are the most common ingredients that patients are concerned about. It does contain artificial coloring agents and trace amounts of sodium.

What are the advantages of using FeraMAX®?

FeraMAX® is a high potency iron that is well absorbed and well tolerated.

Why is FeraMAX® considered a Natural Health Product?

Health Canada regulations stipulate that all oral iron supplements are now registered as Natural Heath Products and not under the old system of assigning them a Drug Identification Number (DIN). All oral iron products currently on the market have had their DIN’s discontinued and their numbers reassigned to the NHPD (Natural Health Product Directorate).The approval number for FeraMAX® 150 is NPN 80013210.The approval number for FeraMAX® Powder is NPN 80033717.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

Please contact BioSyent Pharma Customer Service at 1-888-439-0013
or email customerservice@biosyent.com for more information.

I am a drug information pharmacist with a private practice in women’s health who has personally struggled with iron deficiency anemia. I have tried many products, including the expensive ones, but none of them compare to FeraMAX® regarding side effects, convenience, and efficacy. The product has changed my ability to control my iron deficiency and improved my quality of life. I promote it whenever I can without reservation. Thank you for developing this life changing product that is reasonably priced.*

Maria Bizecki, BSO ACPR FCP CPCPH, Alberta