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October 14, 2004

New Vitamin and Energy Supplements from "SAMON" Brand
Simultaneous Release of 
"SAMON Chondro-vital" and "SAMON S Gold"


Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (President: Akira Uehara) will release SAMON Chondro-vital and SAMON S Gold on October 18. SAMON Chondro-vital alleviates joint and nerve pain, and SAMON S Gold suppresses the need to get up during the night to urinate, increased urination frequency, and leg and back pain. These are new products in the SAMON brand.

Since the release of the energy supplement, SAMON, in 1955, we have developed various SAMON brand products, which have been well received by consumers. The launch of these two new products will strengthen the SAMON brand. 

[SAMON Chondro-vital]

According to the National Livelihood Survey, increasing numbers of middle-aged and elderly people have joint pain in their hands and legs, and particularly in their knees. Pain in the knees and other joints are caused by the wearing out of cartilage and inflammation due to aging, increased bodyweight, decreased muscular strength and/or excessive exercise.

SAMON Chondro-vital contains the standard maximum amount of sodium chondroitin sulfate, which alleviates joint and nerve pain. Sodium chondroitin sulfate is a cartilaginous component that serves as a "cushion" and alleviates joint pain, including knee pain caused by worn-out cartilage and inflammation. In addition, the product contains four other active ingredients including benfotiamine, a long-acting vitamin B1 derivative that is easily taken up in the body. Taking SAMON Chondro-vital once or twice daily will effectively alleviate joint, muscle and nerve pain.

Product features
- Contains sodium chondroitin sulfate (standard maximum amount)
- Contains five active ingredients, including benfotiamine, a vitamin B1 derivative
- Even a once daily regimen is effective
- Well designed, user-friendly packaging

Product specification
Product name SAMON Chondro-vital
Suggested retail price
120 capsules: ¥6,090 (¥5,800 + ¥290 tax)
 60 capsules: ¥3,675 (¥3,500 + ¥175 tax)
Ingredients Two capsules contain:
Sodium chondroitin sulfate 450 mg
Benfotiamine (vitamin B1 derivative) 69 mg
Riboflavin butyrate (vitamin B2) 6 mg
Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6) 25 mg
Gamma-oryzanol 5 mg
Indications *Alleviates the following symptoms: Joint pain, muscle pain (shoulder stiffness, back pain, etc.), nerve pain, tingling sensations in the hands and legs, constipation, and eyestrain
If no improvement is seen in these conditions after one month, seek medical advice from a physician or pharmacist.
*A source of vitamin B1 at times of physical fatigue, pregnancy, lactation and decreased physical strength due to disease or following disease.
Dosage Take the following dose. 
Age Adults (15 years or older) Less than 15 years
Dose 2 capsules Do not take the drug.
Frequency Once or twice daily (for twice daily, take morning and night)
Date of sale October 18, 2004
Expected sales ¥500 million (one year from date of sale)

[SAMON S Gold]

According to the National Livelihood Survey, more people suffer conditions such as difficulty in urinating, pain when urinating, frequent urination, cold limbs, coughing and sputum as they get older. These conditions are caused by decreased body function due to aging, particularly in the kidneys and the endocrine system.

SAMON S Gold is our original herbal formula based on Rehmannia Eight formula, which treats frequent urination and pain in the legs and back. We added schizandra and ophiopogon to increase the indications. Ten types of herbal ingredients improve body function to alleviate symptoms such as getting up during the night to urinate, frequent urination, and leg and back pain. 

Product features
- Ten types of herbs improve body function and alleviate symptoms
- An original formula (Rehmannia Eight formula plus schizandra and ophiopogon) increases the range of indications
- Well designed, user-friendly packaging

Product specification
Product name SAMON S Gold
Suggested retail price
48 packets: ¥3,780 (¥3,600 + ¥180 tax)
20 packets: ¥1,890 (¥1,800 +  ¥90 tax)
Ingredients One packet (1.5 g) contains: 
Rehmannia Eight formula, and schizandra and ophiopogon extracts 1080mg
(Extracts of the following dried herbs)
Rehmannia glutinosa 1000mg
Cornus officinalis 600mg
Dioscorea opposita 600mg
Alisma plantago-aquatica 600mg
Poria cocos 600mg
Paeonia suffruticosa 600mg
Cinnamomum cassia 200mg
Aconitum carmichaeli (processed, powder) 200mg
Schizandra chinensis 400mg
Ophiopogon japonicus 600mg
Indications Alleviates the following symptoms in people who get tired easily and suffer coldness in the limbs, have increased/decreased urine volumes, and often feel thirsty:-Getting up during the night to urinate, frequent urination and difficulty in urinating -Back pain, leg pain and cold limbs - Ennui and fatigue - (Persistent) coughing, sputum and throat discomfort due to thirst
Dosage Take the following dose after meal. 
Age Adults 
(15 years or older)
Less than 15 years
Dose 1 packet Do not take the drug.
Frequency 3 times a day
Date of sale October 18, 2004
Expected sales ¥500 million (one year from date of sale)