Cosponsor H.R. 2074: The Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act of 2019:
Providing Transparency for Consumers
Why Should I Care about Gluten in Medications?
- According to the Mayo Clinic, the rate of celiac disease (CD) has almost quadrupled over the past 50 years-3 million Americans currently have CD.
- Research estimates that 18 million Americans have non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS).
What is Celiac Disease?
- CD is a serious, genetic autoimmune disorder.
- Ingesting gluten causes damage to the villi of the small intestine.
- Only treatment is the total elimination of gluten-containing products, including wheat, barley, and rye sources.
- For some, failure to avoid these can lead to life-threatening complications.
- Currently, this is nearly impossible to determine the presence of gluten in prescription medicine.
- Packaged foods require labeling of wheat and 7 other allergens
- This doesn’t include rye and barley nor does it cover medications.
- Not knowing if gluten in present in medications leads to fear and anxiety as well as potential avoidance of treatment.
- Accidental ingestion of gluten sets off an autoimmune response and could lead to malabsorption of the medication itself.
What Will This Act Do?
- Will make it easier to identify gluten in prescription drugs.
- It would require drug manufacturers to label medications intended for human use with the list of ingredients, their source, and whether gluten is present.
- A gluten-containing drug that does not meet these requirements would be considered misbranded under Section 502 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
- This labeling will allow concerned consumers to know, for example, if the starch in their prescription drugs comes from wheat or corn; that small distinction is an important one.
How you can help get this bill passed:
Beyond Celiac encourages you to support the Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act of 2019 by contacting your representatives and encouraging them to cosponsor this bill.
- Call, write, email, or send a message to your Members of Congress urging them to cosponsor the bill. Include a personal story.
- Set up district meetings as Members of Congress are back home during recess.
- Attend local events and talk to their Member(s) of Congress and their staff at the events urging them to cosponsor.
A list of those currently cosponsoring this bill can be found here.