Medical Foods meet the distinctive nutritional requirements of a disease state and are different from both drugs and dietary supplements. Medical Foods are often confused with dietary supplements, however, the terms are not interchangeable and fall within distinct regulatory guidelines.

Medical Foods are intended for a specific disease state and can only be administered under the supervision of a physician. The FDA mandates that Medical Foods are indicated for a specific diseased population and must be supported by sound scientific evidence and medical evaluation to meet the distinctive nutritional needs of that specific population. (see article by Sarah Morgan, MD, RD)


Medical Foods have been in use for many years and are an important and accepted component of treatment for a wide array of diseases. (see Other Medical Foods)

An example of currently available Medical Foods includes Oxepa™ (Ross Labs) for lung injuries, Folgard RX™ (Usher-Smith) for elevated homocysteine, Renax™ (Everett Labs) for end-stage renal disease, Ultrase™ (Axcan Pharma) for pancreatic insufficiency, Isosource™ (Novartis) for post surgical ulcers and Deplin™ for the treatment of depression.

HMA offers products that are manufactured by Physician Therapeutics. This includes Medical Foods that are indicated for the management of nine distinct disease states and are developed utilizing Targeted Cellular Technology™ a patented, proprietary system.

Clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of Medical Foods as both a standalone therapy, in addition to demonstrating that Medical Foods allow for dosage reduction when utilized in conjunction with generic drugs. (see Dosage Reduction )

Available Medical Foods

Convenience Packs (Medical Foods & generic drugs)


HMA products are developed by Physician Therapeutics utilizing a patented, proprietary, five-component process known as Targeted Cellular Technology™ that allows milligram quantities of neurotransmitter precursors to enter the neurons and stimulate the production of neurotransmitters for a sustained response.

This process includes a neurotransmitter precursor, an uptake stimulator, a neuron activator, an adenosine brake inhibitor and an attenuation releasor.

(see Targeted Cellular Technology™)

"Medical Foods offer physicians an additional tool for approaching and managing various medical conditions. They can help improve the symptoms and/or slow the progression of a specific chronic condition, and they are complimentary to approved pharmacologic therapies"

Dr. Richard Isaacson
University of Miami