Gluten, lactose in drugs? Study raises questions about risk
|CTVnews 13 Mar 2019 at 12:20|
WASHINGTON -- A new report says pills can contain ingredients like gluten, lactose or allergy-triggering dyes that may cause problems for certain patients.
Boston researchers began studying so-called "inactive" ingredients after a patient with celiac disease who s supposed to avoid gluten received a prescription drug containing it.
The extra ingredients are safe for most people, added to drugs to do things like improve absorption or taste. But Wednesday s report cited rare allergic reactions and said it s hard for patients who are sensitive to certain compounds -- or even their doctors -- to learn if a drug contains something they should avoid.
The issue already is getting some attention. A Food and Drug Administration proposal recommends gluten labeling for drugs.