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Some Ensure flavours discontinued

The manufacturer of Ensure® has written to healthcare professionals advised that certain flavours in the range will be discontinued in the coming months.

Chicken, mushroom and asparagus flavours will be discontinued soon with nut and egg nog flavours being discontinued in 2009. This will leave three flavours on the market (Vanilla, Coffee and Chocolate).

The letter notes that some of these flavours are available in the Ensure Plus® range but clinicians should be aware of the higher energy content of this product (1.5kcal/ml compared to 1kcal/ml).

Action: Clinicians should be aware that these products are being discontinued. Patients should be review for continued need and can be moved to different flavours or change to the higher energy product if this is appropriate.

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