ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Vitaflo USA announced the US market availability of Renastart™ formula, a powdered medical food used in the dietary management of pediatric renal disease for pediatric patients one year and older. RENASTART formula helps clinicians address the daily nutritional requirements of children with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Acute Kidney Injury (AKI). RENASTART formula is a high energy powdered medical food with low levels of potassium used to manage hyperkalemia (high blood potassium) and is intended for use under the direction of a healthcare professional.
CKD is a disease that causes the kidneys to function less efficiently for at least three months, and AKI indicates a sudden loss of kidney function. In children with kidney disease, the kidneys do a poor job of removing potassium and blood potassium levels can become dangerously high. Specifically, too little or too much potassium can cause heart and muscle problems.1 A child with kidney disease may develop severe symptoms, such as weak bones, lack of appetite, lack of energy and slowed growth. The child's doctor and caregiver must work together to ensure the child gets the nutrients needed to maintain growth.
"Every day, children living with kidney disease require careful monitoring, including ongoing modifications of their diet. For many patients, keeping potassium levels within the desired range can be a challenge," said Jennifer Szymanski, General Manager, Vitaflo USA. "RENASTART offers clinicians a dietary solution to help keep potassium levels in check and ensure the child's nutritional needs are met as they undergo treatment and prepare for potential kidney transplant."
RENASTART formula has been specifically designed to address the unique nutritional needs of pediatric patients with kidney disease, including low levels of protein, phosphorus, calcium, chloride and vitamin A and increased energy content. It is important for clinicians to regularly assess nutritional intake and requirements to ensure the child's needs are met based on growth, development and stage of kidney disease. RENASTART formula may be used in conjunction with other pediatric formulas or food. It is not designed to be used as a long-term, sole source of nutrition. As a powdered formula, it provides flexibility to be added to other types of feedings and to be used at different concentrations if fluid restrictions are required.
For more information about RENASTART formula, visit www.vitaflousa.com. Healthcare providers can request a copy of the RENASTART formula prescribing guidelines by contacting a Vitaflo USA sales representative or by calling Vitaflo at 888-848-2356. Patients should always contact their physician, dietitian or healthcare provider.
RENASTART formula is a high energy powdered medical food with low levels of potassium, protein, calcium, chloride, phosphorous and vitamin A for the dietary management of pediatric patients with renal disease and is intended for use under medical supervision. RENASTART formula contains protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, minerals, trace elements and the long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPs): Arachidonic acid (AA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). RENASTART formula is designed to help clinicians meet the nutritional needs of children with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Acute Kidney Injury (AKI).
Vitaflo, a Nestlé Health Science Company, is dedicated to developing innovative specialized medical foods for Metabolic Disorders, Nutrition Support and other areas of disease specific nutrition. Vitaflo USA aims to create products that combine the best of cutting edge research with the lifestyle demands of modern living, ensuring the most acceptable products are available for the patient. Vitaflo USA products are sold to pharmacists, hospitals and home health providers. More information can be found on www.vitaflousa.com.
1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Kidney and Urologic Diseases
Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC), Nutrition for Chronic Kidney Disease in Children
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