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How did he land the month 50 years ago?

Vivasorb was used in 1969 as the first preparation for use in the enteral diet

Vivasorb was used in 1969 as the first preparation for use in the enteral diet

Medical nutrition with drink and tube nutrition is firmly rooted in science and is nowadays an indispensable component in the treatment of malnutrition associated with disease and specific clinical images. As a nutrition pioneer, Nutricia is devoted to helping people who are not able to eat enough and drink because of illness and therefore need special nutrition. This year the company celebrates 100 years of existence. Founded in 1919 as a pharmaceutical company, Jacques Pfrimmer & Co., the traditional company was a pioneer in the medical diet sector in Germany and continued its success story as part of Dutch nutrition. Today, Nutricia is the medical department of Danone and the European leader in medical nutrition (1). Nutricia is represented in more than 50 countries around the world.

Medical progression follows a medical breakthrough

In the mid-sixties, Pfrimmer has developed, together with NASA, a special beverage product that should provide versatile products on long-haul flights and under extreme conditions with all necessary nutrients and should be metabolized as fully as possible. It was the birth of the so-called. Astronaut's diet. Although diet based on free amino acids fulfilled most nutritional requirements, the astronauts refused it because of the unpleasant taste. So the astronaut food that was designed was never left the Earth's atmosphere but laid the foundations for modern nutrition for drinks and tubes: 1969 Vivasorb used a balanced diet as the first preparation for use in enteral nutrition, for example in inflammatory bowel disease ( 2) Five years later, Pfrimmer also developed biosorbin MCT in the field of fully integrated nutrition in the enteral diet. In 1974, patients could be fully fed and supplied with all necessary nutrients for the first time with synthetically produced products. (3) Surgery for colonoscopy and intestinal surgery was particularly successful because Biosorbin MCT saved the patient for a long time before surgery. and simultaneously promote the desired relatively low bacterial state of the intestine.

Research remains the driving force of success

In the following years, Pfrimmer continued to develop its products, and in 1991 became Nutricia. All efforts and efforts in Nutrition are focused on the well-being of patients. Therefore, the goal of intensive research is to continuously develop products for enteral nutrition and to improve existing – improving the health and quality of life of patients. A good example is the development of balanced diet Souvenaid®, which is a new nutrition concept especially for the management of diet in early Alzheimer's disease. At the most recent international research center in Utrecht, the Netherlands, more than 400 employees are working on developing innovative enteral nutrition products. The focus of research and development on therapeutic areas of oncology, weakness / stroke, stroke, intensive care and Alzheimer's disease in the early stages. Pediatrics focuses on allergies to cow's milk, failure, rare hereditary disorders and childhood epilepsy.

Today's astronaut diet: Clinical diet management and rare indications

A total of 1.5 million people in Germany suffer from malnutrition (4), especially older and chronically ill. At hospital admissions, every third patient in the gastroenterology department, nearly 40 percent of oncologic patients and 56 percent of patients in geriatric departments, shows signs of malnutrition. (5) Nutricia, a nutrition and hydration specialist (Nutrison®, Fortimel®), along with a complete assortment of enteral nutrition, also associated application technologies such as Floating® probes and feeding pumps.
Comprehensive pediatric pallet with age-adjusted products is specifically tailored to the special requirements of the youngest patients. Nutricia supplies people with rare hereditary metabolic disorder (eg, Mixtures of amino acids for patients with phenylketonuria and maple syrup disease) and children with allergy to cow's milk protein with non-allergy special foods (Neocate®). Even these individually highly-tailored products originate in astronaut food, and this was just a small step in the history of space travel, but a major step in the development of nutrition medicine.

1) IMS Europe
2) Medicine and Nutrition (Gen 11/1970), p
4) Grief in Germany, Cepton Strategies 2007
5) Clin Nutr 2006; 25: 563-572

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Nutrition GmbH based in Erlangen is specialized in medical enteral nutrition.
The company offers concepts for the care of patients in hospital and outpatient clinics
Territory. The range includes feeding of drinks and tubes for children and adults,
Application systems, power supply pipes and power pumps, as well as special products
for nutritional therapy of rare hereditary metabolic disorders. International is
Nutricia is part of Danone's Medical Nutrition Department.
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