Abbott Laboratories have drawn our attention to their Ferrograd Folic tablets which were introduced shortly after we discussed combined iron and folic acid tablets (DTB March 17, 1967, p. 22.). Like A. H. Cox’s ferrous fumarate and folic acid tablet (DTB November 24, 1967, p. 96), Ferrograd Folic provides what we concluded were appropriate amounts of folic acid and iron for prophylaxis of folate and iron deficiency in pregnancy. Each tablet contains 350 mcg folic acid and 105 mg elemental iron as slowly released ferrous sulphate; the dose is one tablet daily. The basic NHS cost of one week’s supply is 1/9d, much more than that of Cox’s tablets, but slow release of the iron is probably an advantage for some patients.
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