A medical food, as defined in section 5(b)(3) of the Orphan Drug Act (21 U.S.C. 360ee(b)(3)), is "a food which is formulated to be consumed or administered enterally under the supervision of a physician and which is intended for the specific dietary management of a disease or condition for which distinctive nutritional requirements, based on recognized scientific principles, are established by medical evaluation." Medical foods are liquid feeding formulas that deliver medical nutrition therapy through nasogastric intubation or other tubal delivery methods (gastrostomy or jejunostomy). They are designed to correct nutritional deficiencies, meet the metabolic needs of individuals who have wounds or are at risk for skin breakdown, or promote weight gain after weight loss. Medical nutritional therapy is important for wound healing and provides the foundation for generating new tissue. Consult a registered dietitian (RD) to complete a nutritional assessment to obtain specific recommendations.
Enteral nutrition, or tube feeding, is a method of delivering nutritional support therapy through nasogastric intubation or other tubal delivery methods (gastrostomy or jejunostomy). Enteral nutrition products in wound care are specifically formulated to deliver individuals essential nutritive and caloric values to support wound healing and nutritional status.
• Provides nutritional support necessary to facilitate wound healing
• May have a higher concentration of calories/ml for fluid-restricted patients
• Designed to promote absorption and patient tolerance
Enteral nutrition products are indicated for metabolically stressed patients with wounds.
Enteral nutrition products are contraindicated for patients with a known sensitivity or allergy to any of the products’ ingredients.
Not for patients with galactosemia (a genetic disorder affecting the ability to properly metabolize galactose).