Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; President: Tatsuo Higuchi) has announced the US launch of EQUELLE by US-based Otsuka subsidiary FoodState Inc. (Headquarters: New Hampshire, US; CEO: Robert Craven). EQUELLE, a dietary supplement containing equol, a soy product clinically shown to help reduce symptoms commonly experienced during menopause, will be available to healthcare professionals through Emerson Ecologics beginning October 30, 2017. The launch of EQUELLE in the US will be the first time that this dietary supplement is marketed outside of Japan.
The active ingredient in EQUELLE is equol, a metabolite of soy isoflavone daidzen, which can be produced through the action of intestinal bacteria when soybeans are consumed. While consumption of soybeans or soy isoflavones is expected to contribute to maintenance and improvement of women's health, Americans have few opportunities to consume soybeans*1, and only 20-30% of American women have the ability to naturally produce S-equol in their digestive tracts*2. EQUELLE is a convenient dietary supplement that lets women take advantage of the benefits of equol to manage menopausal symptoms.