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FDA sued for allowing gluten in medications: Celiac disease warning

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Gluten in medications

Michael Weber is tired of risking his health each time he takes an over-the-counter medication that is not properly labeled. He is suing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and demanding that either gluten be removed from medications or be correctly labeled. Weber, who has celiac disease, believes the FDA needs to address this issue immediately.


Michael Weber has filed a lawsuit against the FDA in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Weber, who suffers from celiac disease, had a terrible reaction to a generic drug that contained gluten, but the protein was missing from the ingredient list. This is a common problem for over-the-counter and prescription medications. A paper from the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy found that creating a database that would list all of the gluten medications is a challenge because many resources are missing.

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In the paper, researchers share that the Drug Information Service (DIS) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) has only been able to collect data on 84 drugs. Researchers have been contacting the manufacturer of each medication to determine the gluten content. After his reaction to a drug, Michael Weber also contacted the manufacturer, but he argues that people with celiac disease should not have to conduct the extra research for each drug. He believes the FDA needs to take action and make sure labels on all medications indicate the presence of gluten.

Since 2008, Michael Weber has been trying to get the Food and Drug Administration to make changes to the labels on over-the-counter and prescription medications. He has requested multiple updates to his original petition in 2008, but the FDA has responded with silence. Weber hopes the new lawsuit will force the organization to pay attention and take action.

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Go for it! I have celiac and cannot ever determine if a medication is going to make me sick.
This is so true. Medications and make-up. How can these companies put this stuff out there, not caring what it does to us?