medical food

medical food2016-12-26T18:03:25+00:00

medical food 


Definition A specially formulated food that is administered enterically under physician supervision and intended for the dietary management of a specific condition for which distinctive nutritional requirements–e.g., the inability to metabolise a required molecule or molecules–are established by medical evaluation. 

Medical food, per the FDA, must be:

• A food which can be ingested or administered by a nasogastric tube (not IV)

• Labelled and formulated for a specific group of disorders

• Administered under medical supervision.

Synonym Therapeutic food 

References §5((2) of the Orphan Drug Act (21 U.S.C. 360ee ((2) (3))

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