An enteric-coated pancreatic enzyme preparation that works

Dig Dis Sci. 1979 Dec;24(12):906-9. doi: 10.1007/BF01311943.


A new enteric-coated pancreatic enzyme preparation (microspheres) was compared with traditional enzyme tablets in six subjects with severe exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. The microspheres were found to be as effective as traditional enzyme supplements. In most patients in balance studies, the lowest fecal fat values were obtained with microsphere therapy in spite of a smaller amount of lipase administered (6015 vs 10,800-43,200 lipase units per meal). In contrast to enteric-coated tablets, microspheres can be recommended in the treatment of pancreatic steatorrhea.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lipase / therapeutic use*
  • Male
  • Microspheres
  • Middle Aged
  • Pancreas / enzymology*
  • Pancreatic Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Tablets, Enteric-Coated*


  • Tablets, Enteric-Coated
  • Lipase