What Are Medical Foods?

Medical foods are another important tool that doctors can use to manage the nutritional needs of people who have a variety of chronic medical conditions.

As defined by the Orphan Drug Act (1988 Amendment), a medical food is:1

  • A food that is specially formulated to be consumed or administered enterally (orally) under the supervision of a physician
  • Intended for 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 must meet strict standards1

These standards include the power to produce an effect (called efficacy) as well as safety.

The ingredients in medical foods are Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is the highest standard of safety.

Unlike dietary supplements (which may include vitamins and nutraceuticals), medical foods must be supported by:1

  • Extensive safety data
  • Published, peer-reviewed human study data

Intended for specific dietary management of a disease or condition

Medical supervision

For those who have trouble digesting or metabolizing food or nutrients, or cannot manage their conditions with dietary changes alone

Specially formulated and processed (not a natural food)

Taken orally (or via feeding tube)

*Chart adapted from IBSgroup.org at http://www.ibsgroup.org/print/medical-food.

Consider the medical food product EnteraGam®

EnteraGam® is a medical food product for the dietary management of chronic diarrhea and loose stools due to specific intestinal disorders, like irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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  1. Morgan SL, Baggott Medical foods: products for the management of chronic diseases. Nutr Rev. 2006;64(11):495-501.
  2. What you should know about medical foods. IBS Group Website. http://www.ibsgroup.org/print/medical-food. Accessed February 5, 2017.

EnteraGam® is Unlike Anything Else for:

Intended Use

EnteraGam® is a medical food product intended for the dietary management of chronic diarrhea and loose stools. EnteraGam® must be administered under medical supervision.

Important Safety Information

EnteraGam® contains beef protein: therefore, patients who have an allergy to beef or any other component of EnteraGam® should not take this product. EnteraGam® has not been studied in pregnant women, in women during labor and delivery, or in nursing mothers. The choice to administer EnteraGam® during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or to nursing mothers is at the clinical discretion of the supervising physician.

EnteraGam® does not contain any milk-derived ingredients such as lactose, casein, or whey. EnteraGam® is gluten-free, dye-free, and soy-free.

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To report suspected adverse reactions, contact Entera Health, LLC at 1-855-4ENTERA (1-855-436-8372), or the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

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