ETS Softgels

According to a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, patients aged 65 and older are more likely to have problems swallowing dietary supplements and vitamins. Older adults may be more likely to choke on pills, especially when they are large.


The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collaborated on the study, and their researchers reported that nutritional supplements are used by up to 35% of older adults, and that they have higher rates of swallowing issues than younger persons. A statement from the FDA notes, “Older adults should be mindful of possible choking or other swallowing problems from taking supplements.”


These findings recommend that older adults should “avoid extra-large pills or capsules.” But, patients have alternatives!


ETS Softgels® size, shape, and composition make them much easier to swallow.

Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing difficulties.
It impacts as many as 15 million Americans.

Introducing ETS Softgels®

To meet the growing need for an easy-to-swallow solution for supplements and vitamins, Tishcon has introduced ETS Softgels®. Their size, shape, and unique soft gel composition make them exceptionally easy to swallow for older patients, very young patients, and anyone who has difficulty swallowing.

Tishcon is making ETS Softgels® available to all supplement and vitamin manufacturers.

Because an easy-to-swallow capsule will benefit millions of older adults, we are making our proprietary ETS Softgels® available to all supplement manufacturers. For products where a chewable tablet is feasible, we will also offer palatable chewable tablets in popular flavors.

We are also introducing our own line of ETS dietary supplements.

Our first ETS release: Freedom Anti-Inflammation Easy-to-Swallow Softgels®

Designed to fight inflammation and improve cardiovascular health, Freedom Anti-Inflammation Easy-to-Swallow Softgels® were shown to reduce inflammation and improve cardiovascular function in an LA Biomedical Research Institute study. In a placebo-controlled, randomized, double-blind study conducted at UCLA, Freedom Anti-Inflammation Easy-to-Swallow Softgels® showed a significant reduction of hs-CRP levels and a blunting of the increase in IL-6 level in adult subjects in just 28 days.†

Coming soon is a range of targeted formulations built around the clinically tested Freedom line:

Freedom Flex ETS
Freedom Cognition ETS
Freedom Immune Enhance ETS
Freedom Vision ETS
Freedom Joint Lube ETS
Freedom Cardia ETS
Pill swallowing tips
<p>Many people are unaware of how common it is to be unable to successfully swallow pills. The young, the elderly, and people with neurological conditions may have difficulty swallowing pills, but many healthy people of all ages can have trouble as well. The problem, known in medical terms as Dysphagia, can be caused by many factors including stroke damage, physiological abnormalities, medical conditions such as Parkinson’s, or by psychological factors. If pill swallowing is a problem, one of these pill-swallowing techniques may help.</p> <p><strong>Tips for successful pill swallowing</strong></p> <p>Two methods that can help achieve a successful pill swallow are the ‘pop-bottle’ method and the ‘chin down’ method.</p> <p><strong>The ‘</strong><strong>pop bottle’ </strong><strong>method</strong></p> <p>The ‘pop bottle’ method uses the normal swallowing routine of drinking from a bottle to assist in swallowing a pill:</p> <ol> <li>Fill a soda bottle or similar container with water. The neck size should easily fit in your mouth – avoid ‘wide-mouth’ Avoid carbonated beverages or hot or very cold fluids.</li> <li>Place thepill on the middle of your tongue and close your lips tightly around the</li> <li>Tilt the bottle up and take a long drink. Keep your lips tight on thebottle and use a sucking motion to swallow the water and  Concentrate on getting the water down, not the pill.</li> </ol> <p><strong>The ‘</strong><strong>chin down’ </strong><strong>method</strong></p> <p>The ‘chin down’ method is based on keeping your esophagus straight by having your chin touch your chest. This removes the arch in the throat caused by tilting the head back during swallowing, allowing pills to flow easily from the mouth downward:</p> <ol> <li>Fill a glass with water.</li> <li>Place the pill on the middle of your tongue.</li> <li>Drink a mouthful of water of water, but don’t swallow it yet.</li> <li>Close your mouth and tilt yourchin down to rest on your chest.</li> <li>Keeping yourchin on your chest, swallow the water. The pill will go down with it.</li> </ol> <p>Having a large pill in your mouth can be intimidating and cause someone to hesitate when trying to swallow. By masking the location and size of the pill with the flow of a liquid, the process becomes easier. There are several other methods that assist in pill swallowing, including hiding pills in soft foods such as applesauce. However,  the pop bottle and chin down methods seem to have the widest success.</p>

Contact us to learn how ETS Softgels can benefit you and your company.

Manufactured by Tishcon Corp. in Westbury, NY
in a cGMP-certified USA Facility

Tishcon Corp.
50 Sylvester Street, Westbury, NY 11590
Phone: (516) 333-3050
Toll Free: (800) 848-8442
Fax: (516) 997-1052

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. 
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.