SAN FRANCISCO — A milk substitute manufacturer says it may be safer than milk for breastfeeding moms after a study found it is nearly identical to milk.
The Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday that the FDA has granted a preliminary approval for the milk substitute called “Moon Milk” to treat constipation.
It is the first milk substitute approved by the FDA for treating constipation in humans.
Moon Milk, based in Santa Clara, Calif., is marketed by Moon Pharmaceuticals Inc.
The company says it has been approved for use in people over the age of 50 and says it is currently in phase two clinical trials and will be available for purchase in early 2018.
The FDA said it would conduct a full review of the product and if it receives more information, it could make an initial decision to approve or deny approval.
A company spokeswoman declined to say whether Moon Milk was approved for people over 50.