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H.R.3648: Gluten in Medication Disclosure Act of 2015

Celiac Disease Foundation urges you to contact your local Member of House and ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 3648: Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act of 2015.

With FDA labeling requirements for gluten-free foods now secured, Celiac Disease Foundation is pleased to support Representatives Tim Ryan (OH-13) and Nita Lowey’s (NY-17) Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act. The celiac disease community should be able to take both prescription and non-prescription medicines with as much confidence as possible that it will improve our quality of life. Without this legislation, that confidence is missing.

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What is H.R.3648: Gluten in Medication Disclosure Act of 2015

Representatives Tim Ryan (OH-13) and Nita Lowey (NY-17) introduced the H.R.3648: Gluten in Medication Disclosure Act of 2015, first in 2012, which makes it easier to identify gluten in pharmaceutical products. This legislation requires that drug labels contain a statement identifying the source of any ingredient constituting or derived from a grain or starch-containing ingredient.

According to the Mayo Clinic, celiac disease is four times more common now than 60 years ago. The Food Allergen Labeling Consumer Protection Act of 2004 required packaged food labels to identify all ingredients containing wheat and other allergens, but this important distinction is missing from medication labels. The lack of information regarding gluten in medicine is hazardous for celiac disease patients.

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          21st Century Cures Act

Celiac Disease Foundation urges you to contact your Senator and demand that the Senate take up and pass this critical bipartisan legislation during the fall session.

Please click on a link below to copy a letter and paste into the form located on the “Take Action” button at the top of this page. Your email will be sent to your state senators in support of this important bill.

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What is the 21st Century Cures Act?

In a rare moment of bipartisan cooperation in Washington, D.C., the landmark 21st Century Cures legislation passed the U.S. House in early July, 2015, by a vote of 344-77. The bill, co-authored by Republican Fred Upton and Democrat Diana DeGette, seeks to bring new drugs and treatments to market faster by encouraging medical innovation in research, and streamlining some FDA requirements.

It also includes almost $9 billion in new funding for NIH for research, and more than $500 million in new funding for the FDA to implement structural changes in the review of medical treatments. This legislation is far from perfect, however. We acknowledge the real concerns of public health specialists who believe that the legislation will weaken safety reviews, especially of medical devices. But we cannot let perfection be the enemy of the good. 

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Read the full bill here.