There is a recent article in the Wall Street Journal about a man named #MichaelWeber who is suing the FDA for their lack of follow through in requiring drug manufactures to eliminate wheat gluten from meds or require labeling on drugs that have the protein. " In 2011, the FDA sough public comment on the issue, but otherwise has not taken action." Really! I know bureaucrats tend to move at their own pace, BUT, lets all be mindful that this is now 2015. This is a shame!
As a fellow Celiac along with Weber, this hits close to home. I was prescribed medication on two recent occasions. Normally, I avoid meds having been given at least 18 drugs in the past three years for things I did not even have, but this time I felt I needed to take them. The Rx was sent to my local #TargetPharmacy which should have my issues on file. As normal, I called to inquire about the meds before I went to pick them up. The short of it is that the Pharmacist has no knowledge of the inactive ingredients in medications. Additionally, I was given phone numbers to cal the manufacturers, as I am assuming customer services doesn't exist there. So with the first Rx, the answering service transferred my call to India because by time I was given the phone number, the NY office was closed. On the second trip, I phoned ahead allowing almost 2 hours for the 3 person staff to call and get information about gluten and the medication. When I arrived, I was again given a phone number to call myself. I was over it! I spoke with two managers to inquire if this level of customer service was to be expected going forward. Over a month has past and I will take the lack of an answer as a yes. I will continue to avoid taking any meds when possible, as I do with unmarked tea bags, stamps, envelopes, body care products, and of course foods that are not naturally gluten and cross reactive free.
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Having the stresses of caring for a child with health concerns and going through the termination of a failed marriage, I developed my own chronic health issues. and survived a stroke. My personal experience and research of stroke and autoimmune diseases, lead me to help myself and others.