Welcome to Gluten Free Drugs
A source of information for gluten free drugs
Congressman Tim Ryan, Ohio (D) and Congresswoman Nita Lowrey, New York (D) are co-sponsoring a bill, Gluten in Medication Indentification Act (HR 4972) in May. This bill will require labeling which will make it easier to identify gluten in pharmaceutical products. Please contact your Congressperson and encourage them to support the bill.
Some drug companies have been telling people that some of the drugs that they manufacture contain gluten. When I investigated their claims it appears that the reason they are blatantly claiming that their drugs are contaminated is because they have used a sugar alcohol as an excipient.
Sugar alcohols are not truly sugars or alcohols rather they are carbohydrates that provide a source of calories. The sugar alcohols are naturally found in a number of fruits and vegetables and may be extracted from many sources including any starch, including wheat. During the manufacturing process they are completely refined leaving behind no gluten proteins similar to making table sugar. The mostly widely used sugar alcohols used in prescription drug manufacturing are mannitol and xylitol. Both of the products are used either as sweeteners in liquid drug products or as bulking agents in the solid dosage forms.
The sugar alcohols are used in many diabetic products as well as in many health foods such as nutrition bars. Any person who consumes one of the sugar alcohols in significant quantities can experience gastrointestinal disturbances and diarrhea which may mimic symptoms celiac patients may suffer after being exposed to gluten.
National celiac organizations such as the
Gluten Intolerance Group of
What does this means for the celiac patient? If you happen to contact a drug company for information and you are told that a drug contains gluten you really need to push them to tell you which excipient in that drug product is considered the source of the gluten contamination. If it turns out to be one sugar alcohols you may wish to re-evaluate their response. While it is always up to the celiac patient to determine whether a product is safe for them, the prevailing literature continues to suggest that these sugar alcohols are safe for use.
If you have any additional questions please contact me through the glutenfreedrugs.com website.
ITEMS OF INTEREST-IMPORTANT !!!
15th International Celiac Disease Symposium 2013 Chicago
September 22-25, 2013
Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers
301 East North Water Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Symposium chaired by Dr. Stafano Guandalini, MD, and Dr. Bana Jabri, MD, PhD
The symposium will have two educational tracks: Clinical Forum and Scientific Forum
For additional information and registration:
Adults with celiac disease needed for a research study!
MEDICATIONS AND ADDITIONAL LINKS
Vicks Nature Fusion (click on this link for press release and gluten statement and below to access web site)
Pure Matters Gluten Free Vitamins
Links to various local and national associations and support groups
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