Note from Alice
NFCA Founder & President
Gluten in Medications: Take the Survey
You monitor every morsel you put in your mouth, but you still feel sick. What gives? Well, it may be time to stop looking in the fridge and start checking your medicine cabinet.
In addition to soy sauce, salad dressing, gravy and the other usual suspects, gluten can also be hiding in prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements. Pharmaceutical companies aren’t required to label gluten in medications, and reading the ingredients list is about as easy as learning Greek. So, you, I, and all of our gluten-free friends are left to make an educated guess and hope for the best. The problem is, we never know how big of a gamble that is.
Last month, we announced that the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) would lead a nationwide study on gluten in medications. We want to learn which medications are giving you trouble, what types of symptoms you’re suffering, and how often it happens. If you’ve never had a “glutening” experience with medication, we want to know that, too.
So, this is where you come in.
We need you to take this survey. We need your gluten-free friends to take it, too. And, your celiac support group members. In short: Tell everyone. (Everyone who’s gluten-free, that is.)
Why should you take the survey? So we can get real answers, real data and real evidence that could lay the foundation for a whole new level of gluten-free safety. Because if it’s gluten in medication that’s making you sick, we’ll never know… until we know.