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Tube Feeding Tips: Declogging Your Tube
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Declogging Your Tube with Pancreatic Enzyme

In the past, clinicians had used a pancreatic enzyme in combination with sodium bicarbonate to declog feeding tubes when flushing with warm water alone wouldn’t work. This option has been unavailable since pancreatic enzymes were required to undergo review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At first the only pancreatic enzymes to complete the review process had an enteric coating on the pill/tablet that prevented them from being effective in declogging tubes. In the fall of 2012, a pancreatic enzyme that does not have an enteric coating (Viokace™, Aptalis Pharma) was approved by the FDA. We are hopeful that testing will show that Viokace™ will be an appropriate alternative for declogging tubes again soon. Stayed tuned for updates on testing.

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5/6/2017
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Updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. 

 

This website was updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.
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