SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Due to increased demand from Canadian gastric bypass surgeons and patients, Bariatric Advantage®, the market leader in the development of micronutrient replacements for weight loss surgical patients, announced today that a number of its nutritional products are now available in Canada. The company will distribute these products directly to bariatric surgeons and healthcare professionals for their patients following weight loss surgery. Practitioners and their patients will be able to order products from the website, www.bariatricadvantage.ca.
“We have spent 10 years building a strong and trusted brand among bariatric surgery programs in the United States, based on exceptional quality and science,” said Thomas Kinder, President and CEO of Catalina Lifesciences, the Irvine, California-based maker of Bariatric Advantage. “There has been an elevated demand for our nutritional supplements from doctors as obesity rates continue to increase in Canada and more people seek weight loss surgery as an alternative.”
Obesity is reaching epidemic proportions worldwide, including Canada. Obesity puts an individual at an increased risk of several chronic diseases, some of which are life threatening including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
“Many Canadian patients cross the border to get these products,” said Fred Howard, CEO of Metagenics, Inc., a nutrigenomics and lifestyle medicine company dedicated to reducing chronic illness and improving health. “We are pleased to offer these nutritional supplements in Canada making them easier and more convenient to obtain.”
Catalina Lifesciences/Bariatric Advantage is a strategic business unit of Metagenics, Inc., which acquired Catalina Lifesciences in August, 2010. Both companies are committed to improving the health of patients all along the continuum of care, including those who are candidates for weight loss surgery to improve their health.
Bariatric Advantage offers a number of nutritional products in Canada, including its Multi-Formula Chewable tablet specifically designed for individuals who have undergone weight loss surgical procedures. Other products offered in Canada include the Multi-Formula Chewable High ADEK tablet, calcium tablets, VitaBand™, iron and calcium tablets, B Vitamins, Micro-Filtered Whey Protein, Opti-EPA™ fish oil and Advanced Fiber. Bariatric Advantage provides educational materials to support the bariatric healthcare professional’s knowledge of the nutritional requirements for their patients before, during and after surgery.
In the United States, Bariatric Advantage offers a wide array of nutritional products, including high protein meal replacements, liquid proteins, vitamins and probiotics. For more information on Bariatric Advantage’s nutritional products in Canada visit www.bariatricadvantage.ca, or call 1-800-898-6888.
About Metagenics, Inc.
Metagenics, Inc. (www.metagenics.com) is a nutrigenomics and lifestyle medicine company focused on reversing chronic illness and improving health. Founded in 1983, Metagenics serves more than 75,000 healthcare providers worldwide through premium quality, science-based medical foods, nutritional formulas, and lifestyle therapy programs to help their patients achieve a lifetime of good health. Metagenics’ scientific staff—among the largest in the nutrigenomics industry—has published more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been awarded more than 50 international or domestic patents. The company’s educational arm, Metagenics University, collaborates with renowned medical experts to annually deliver more than 200 events designed to help healthcare professionals stay on the leading edge of lifestyle medicine and incorporate nutrition into their clinical practice.
Metagenics maintains its corporate headquarters in San Clemente, CA; R&D headquarters in Gig Harbor, WA; and operating subsidiaries in Brussels, Belgium and Brisbane, Australia.
About Bariatric Advantage
Bariatric Advantage (www.bariatricadvantage.com) is the market leader in providing micronutrient support to patients who have experienced weight loss surgery. The company works with bariatric surgeons and allied healthcare professionals throughout the United States and abroad, who in turn refer their patients to Bariatric Advantage for long-term nutritional product support services and education. The Bariatric Advantage executive management team is internationally recognized for its role in shaping and guiding the development of targeted nutrition and providing education in this rapidly growing medical specialty.