The Otsuka Group Nutraceutical* business is focused on the research and development of functionnal beverages and foods that help maintain and promote day-to-day well-being.
- * Nutraceuticals = nutrition + pharmaceuticals
Otsuka Pharmaceutical leverages the know-how it has cultivated in pharmaceutical business to develop products to support and maintain health in people’s daily lives. The company aims to contribute to the maintenance and improvement of health through the creation of new product categories by developing innovative products such as the electrolyte drink POCARI SWEAT, based on the concept of "a sweat replacement drink", and the balanced nutritional food Calorie Mate, which makes it easy to access the five major nutrients. In recent years, the company developed the soy bar SOYJOY, the carbonated soy beverage SOYSH and healthy soy snack SoyCarat based on the belief that soybeans, which are an integral part of Japanese food culture, could provide a solution to global health and environmental issues. Otsuka is giving the world new ways to enjoy soy, with all of its abundant nutrition. In 2014, the company launched the equol-containing food EQUELLE to promote women’s health.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory
We are conducting R&D activities in the field of medical foods used for medical treatment, and have created the following innovative products. Based on the approach to oral rehydration therapy proposed by the WHO, we developed Japan's first oral rehydration solution, OS-1, featuring a balance of electrolytes and carbohydrates.
HINE E-GEL concentrated liquid diet was launched to combat one of the complications involving enteral nutrition -a liquid diet tends to cause diarrhea. Also, to help people with decreased chewing and swallowing ability reach the stage of normal oral intake, PROCESS LEAD was developed. In the field of OTC products, Oronine H Ointment has been favored by the customers since its launch in 1953 and still evolving with a redesigned package, meeting the needs of the current users.
Taiho Pharmaceutical is actively engaged in developing consumer healthcare products that are used for a variety of health conditions and symptoms, with a unique lineup of products with proven effectiveness and special attributes. The vitamin tonic Tiovita, the herbal digestive medicine Solmack, and Harncare, a herbal crude drug for mild incontinence and urinary frequency, are all well-known brands in Japan.