DUARTE, Calif., June 27, 2023 – Prolacta Bioscience, the world’s leading hospital provider of 100% human milk-based nutritional products for critically ill, premature infants, today announced a peer-reviewed report demonstrating significant annual cost savings that ranged from $500,000 to $3.4 million per hospital after the implementation of Prolacta’s Exclusive Human Milk Diet (Prolacta’s EHMD) for preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
NICU leaders from seven U.S. hospitals varying in size, geographic setting, patient population, and funding levels contributed to the publication in BMC Pediatrics titled “Implementing an Exclusive Human Milk Diet for Preterm Infants: Real-World Experience in Diverse NICUs.” The study found:
“This study provides real-world evidence that an EHMD is not only effective in reducing comorbidities in very preterm infants but also saves money regardless of the institution's size or level of care,” said lead author Jonathan R. Swanson, MD, MSc, of the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital in Charlottesville.
Participating hospitals were1:
Although protocols differed, feeding volume at initiation of fortification, fortification goals, and criteria for transitioning infants off Prolacta’s EHMD were similar among the institutions. All seven hospitals fortified between 60-80 mL/kg/day. Clinical outcomes data for each hospital were obtained either from Vermont Oxford Network (VON) or the institution’s NICU database.
“While the NICUs participating in this study were diverse, the benefits and cost savings of Prolacta’s EHMD were consistently observed, including reduced complication rates, shorter lengths of stay, and reduced costs,” said Melinda Elliott, MD, chief medical officer for Prolacta and a practicing neonatologist. “These findings mirror the cost savings seen for years in hospitals adopting Prolacta’s fortifiers, including my experience and published research on an EHMD at The Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai in Baltimore.”4
About Prolacta’s Human Milk-Based Nutritional Products
Available to hospitals since 2006, Prolacta’s human milk-based fortifiers changed the standard of care for critically ill, premature infants by providing a proven alternative to cow milk-based fortifiers in the NICU.5,6,7 The naturally occurring bioactive components in human milk are thought to support infants’ immunity, development, growth, and long-term health.8
Prolacta’s products have the highest bioactivity in the human milk industry9 and are clinically proven to significantly boost human milk bioactive proteins and antioxidant activity.10 The company’s proprietary processing ensures pathogen inactivation and the highest level of safety while retaining as much of the natural bioactivity of the milk as possible, compared to other human milk processing methods.9,11,12
About Prolacta Bioscience
Prolacta Bioscience® Inc. is a privately held, global life sciences company dedicated to Advancing the Science of Human Milk® to improve the health of critically ill, premature infants. Prolacta’s 100% human milk-based nutritional products have been evaluated in more than 20 clinical studies published in peer-reviewed journals. More than 90,000 premature infants have benefited from Prolacta’s nutritional products worldwide to date.13 Established in 1999, Prolacta is the world’s leading provider of human milk-based nutritional products for hospital use and is also exploring the therapeutic potential of human milk across a wide spectrum of diseases. Prolacta maintains the industry’s strictest quality and safety standards for screening, testing, and processing donor human milk. Operating the world’s first pharmaceutical-grade human milk processing facilities, Prolacta uses vat pasteurization and a patented, FDA-reviewed manufacturing process to ensure pathogen inactivation while protecting the nutritional composition and bioactivity of its human milk-based products. Prolacta is a global company with headquarters in Duarte, California, and can be found online at Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.