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Folic acid dissolution

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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All folic acid-containing vitamin products to be subject to dissolution requirements as of Nov. 15, the U.S. Pharmacopeia Subcommittee on Nonprescription Drugs and Nutritional Supplements voted at a meeting in Rockville, Md. April 14. Requirements would be expanded to all other folic acid products a year later. In the January-February issue of USP's Pharmacopeial Forum, the subcommittee proposed striking the provision requiring dissolution testing for folic acid products only if the labeling includes a health claim of the relationship between folate deficiency and neural tube defect risk ("The Tan Sheet" Feb. 2, p. 12). The Institute of Medicine Food & Nutrition Board recently recommended all women of childbearing age take 400 mcg of folic acid daily to reduce the risk of NTDs such as spina bifida ("The Tan Sheet" April 13, p. 16)...

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