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Inactive Ingredients Are Not Inert

From eNewsletter 3/18/2019

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Steve and Bonnie: A new study from Science Translational Medicine states that the vast majority of the most frequently prescribed medications in the U.S. contain at least one ingredient capable of causing an adverse reaction.

Known as inactive ingredients, these components are added to improve the taste, shelf-life, absorption and other characteristics of a pill, but the authors found that more than 90 percent of all oral medications tested contained at least one ingredient that can cause allergic or gastrointestinal symptoms in sensitive individuals. Such ingredients include lactose, peanut oil, gluten and chemical dyes.

Wow! We have waited so long for this study. Doctors and pharmacists have pooh-poohed this issue forever. It is unconscionable that health professionals are either  unaware or discount the reactions patients have to inactive ingredients.

Inactive ingredients are defined as substances that are added to a pill's formulation but are not intended or expected to have a direct biological or therapeutic effect. There are hundreds of different versions of pills or capsules that deliver the same medication using a different combination of inactive ingredients.

It may shock you to learn that approximately 45 percent of medications contained lactose and 33 percent contained a food dye.

I bet you're going to look at the ingredients of your meds today!

Unfortunately, there are few compound manufacturers left to create individualized formulas. We do have two names in the Chicagoland area if interested. Using our voices to push large chain pharmacies to attend to individualized ingredient needs is something we all need to start doing.


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