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Many Drugs 'Non-Vegetarian and Need Better Labelling'


Health & Wellness  (tags: Many, drugs, 'non-vegetarian, need, better, labelling' )

Agnes
- 880 days ago - bbc.co.uk
People who choose not to eat animal products may be unaware that common medicines could contain them, a study suggests.



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Roger M. (0)
Saturday March 3, 2012, 11:22 pm
Yeah, as a vegetarian I'd welcome better labelling. Trouble is, it might become one of those ethical "do I or don't I" issues. Right now I may be taking animal products in ignorance. (Tell you the truth, this article is the first time I've realised that any pills contain animal products.) If you're ill and only one pill will make you well and you know that pill contains animal products.......
 

Ruth S. (314)
Sunday March 4, 2012, 3:02 am
Always read the labels!!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 4, 2012, 12:41 pm
Yes that would certainly be very helpful. thank you.
 

cecily w. (0)
Sunday March 4, 2012, 12:43 pm
Excellent idea!!!
 

Bill C. (354)
Sunday March 4, 2012, 1:19 pm
Very few gelcaps are not from animals and a large number of pills are capsule or encpsulated as time release

No differnt than Jello and thats been around a long time.

II would not base my medical needs on that.

Ask your pharmacy
 

Dineen C. (9)
Sunday March 4, 2012, 1:20 pm
More descriptive labeling, of all ingredients, in all products, should be disclosed
 

Sue H. (7)
Sunday March 4, 2012, 1:20 pm
Some supplement companies do state vegan status, but pharmaceuticals... big question mark on getting them to let you know.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 4, 2012, 1:59 pm
Agnes, I applaud you for posting this article. I worked in pharmacy for 15 years, and this is a little known aspect of it. Not only are there animal products in medications, but some additives that you would not believe. Even tablets that appear white, usually have coloring agents added to them. Some of them, such as the yellow coloring, can give people severe allergic reactions.

Remember that if you get a piece of paper from the pharmacy stating the major and minor side effects of a medication, this is NOT the package insert from the manufacturer of the drug. A package insert, lists every active and inactive ingredient, including fillers and coloring additives. For people that are sensitive, or have severe allergies, it is a must to make yourself aware of what you are taking.

Vaccines most often contain animal products as well ~ usually from cell lines. (Example:monkey kidney cell lines.) It's too soon to star you Agnes ~ you deserve many for this article.
 

Ra Sc (8)
Sunday March 4, 2012, 3:12 pm
I avoid gelcaps because I don't want to eat gelatin. I would prefer better labeling on drugs. In many cases, there are alternatives. When absolutely necessary for medical reasons, I have taken a gelcap (there's just no other way to get certain medical diagnostic tests performed), but I like knowing so I can make the choice. And labeling would encourage a market for vegetarian and vegan options. I am quite glad I can buy vitamins from a brand that clearly labels their vitamins as vegan.
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday March 4, 2012, 3:57 pm
talk about a dirth of consumer information!
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Sunday March 4, 2012, 9:03 pm
Great idea. Thanks for sharing.
 

KS Goh (0)
Monday March 5, 2012, 12:20 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Kamakshi Ramaswamy (4)
Monday March 5, 2012, 1:45 am
Thanks for the information.
 

Quanta Kiran (64)
Monday March 5, 2012, 2:15 am
Thanks.
 

Andrea A. (11)
Monday March 5, 2012, 2:59 am
Noted, thanks.
 

John S. (297)
Monday March 5, 2012, 8:18 am
Noted, normally on the ingredients, but I don't really check for most medicines.
 

Brian M. (145)
Monday March 5, 2012, 10:27 am
Supplement companies aren't even required to guarantee the efficacy of their products, the purity of the ingredients, or even the standardization of dosage from dose to dose. Many of the supplement companies are based in Utah and their products are produced in grim industrial facilities. Why don't more people care about the quality of these products?
 

Roseann D. (178)
Monday March 5, 2012, 12:24 pm
Many drugs contain pharmaceutical GMOs...A direct violation of the Hippocratic Oath...First cause no harm. I guess pharmaceutical scientists do not take the Hippocratic Oath.
 

colleen p. (38)
Monday March 5, 2012, 12:26 pm
why or how would a vegan be on medication? I thought their diet alredy was the best preventive, and a cure in it's self.
 

Kathlene Lentz (31)
Monday March 5, 2012, 2:16 pm
It had never occurred to me that there might be animal based products in the drugs I take. I'm fairly certain that it has also not occurred to my brothers, who are both vegetarian. I will forward this article to them.
 

Victoria B. (21)
Monday March 5, 2012, 4:25 pm
So many drugs labeled vegetarian have stearic acid and casein in them- vegans need to be aware.
 

Anne K. (128)
Monday March 5, 2012, 7:00 pm
Thanks Agnes. Noted.

Right, Colleen, We're just saying...hypothetically, you know... besides, we're still exposed to smoke, chemicals, pollution...is there a pharmaceutical for having a chip on one's shoulder?
 

Julia R. (288)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 1:05 am
Thee drug companies need to do a better job of labeling what is exactly in the ingredients of these drugs and what their sources are! It is a shame that they're more likely to put gelatin in generic drugs which are a lot cheaper than in the name brand drugs! Hopefully this will be an area where more vegetarian substitutes will be used with greater frequency in the future!
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 1:21 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Carol H. (229)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 5:11 am
noted and agreed!!! thanks Agnes
 

Susann K. (24)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 6:24 am
Great idea - it would be so much easier for all veggies to buy animal-free drugs & medicine!
 
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