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Gluten, lactose in drugs? Study raises questions about risk

Gluten, lactose in drugs? Study raises questions about risk
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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.
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