In mid-March, just as we were supposed to be getting a shipment of Univase Forte from our contract manufacturer we were informed that not only would the product not be delivered when promised, it would not be available in the near future. This meant that the search was on for a new manufacturer.
Well, the search took longer than we had hoped. We had several criteria that we insisted upon; GMP certification, manufacturing experience and quality, raw material availability, ability to manufacture in a timely manner and, of course, price. Finding a manufacturer with all of these qualifications was no simple task and we thought we were close several times only to have it all fall through due to one major problem or another.
After weeks of work and research we finally made our choice and have now gone to contract and Univase Forte will soon be available again.
Will there be any changes?
Yes, there will be. For the better. The new Univase Forte will still contain nearly all of the old ingredients. We removed rutin due to food sensitivity issues in a number of customers. It was a minor player in the old formula. The new Univase Forte will be in specially enteric coated capsules instead of the tablets it has been delivered in. It will also be smaller than it has been in the recent past.
For many years we have been getting requests to put this formula in capsules. We simply couldn’t comply because the technology to protect capsule contents from the gastric juices in the stomach just wasn’t fully developed.
The advantages of capsules are many. There is no loss of enzyme activity due to heat of compressing tablets. There are fewer excipients (binders, fillers, granulating agents, etc. ) required to make the tablet hold together on the outside of the body and break apart in the correct spot on the inside of the body. In other words, make the product work as it should. Capsules are, for many people, easier to swallow. The only disadvantage is size because tablets compress the ingredients and usually have a smaller footprint. We have also taken advantage of newer technology that allows us to use more concentrated forms of our raw materials and make the capsules actually smaller than tablets have been in the recent past.
Now we can report that the technology is developed to the point where we can deliver the product to you in capsule form with at least an equal, and in our opinion greatly improved, strength and quality. Thus we can now take advantage of that improved technology to bring you the most powerful and advanced proteolytic enzyme formulation available.
When Will It Be Available?
This is being written in late July. We expect to have Univase Forte available in about 8 weeks from this posting. We expect to have an improved Univase product manufactured along the same technology available shortly thereafter. As we know exact delivery dates we will post them here. In the meantime we will once again begin accepting orders for this product on a backorder basis which will be shipped on a first-come-first-served basis as it arrives. Get your orders in so we can ship as soon as they arrive! If you have a distributor then you may contact them to get on the backorder board. You can also obtain pricing information from your distributor. If you have no distributor then we can help you find one.