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Mandate Gluten-free labeling on all Pharmaceuticals
Petition Background (Preamble):
To people with a gluten allergy or Celiac Disease, ingesting even a grain of gluten has a toxic effect on the body, causing debilitating gastrointestinal symptoms that can last for several weeks after the contamination. Currently, for Celiac patients and those with gluten allergies, even a minor unrelated surgery can become a major ordeal because most doctors, surgeons, and pharmacists unknowingly poison the patient by giving medicine that contains gluten.
Today, the only way to verify an absence of gluten in pharmaceutical products is to contact the manufacturer directly, rather than simply reading the label. Believe it or not, sometimes the pharmaceutical company representatives can't even answer the question with 100% certainty. Many commonly used medications like multi-vitamins, pain relievers, and antibiotics contain gluten. Consumers are not asking companies to change their current ingredients. We're just asking that they warn consumers of gluten presence in the product.
A simple government mandate to label medical products for easy identification of gluten content, would help millions of people each day to avoid gastrointestinal suffering, along with a list of other symptoms.
The Mandate Gluten-free labeling on all Pharmaceuticals petition to U.S. Food and Drug Administration was written by Marsinah Taylor and is in the category Health at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: gluten-free labeling, gluten labeling, gluten, gluten-free, drug labeling, allergy labeling, celiac disease, gluten allergy, food and drug administration, celiac sprue, wheat allergy, barley allergy