In 2004, the Food Allergen Labeling Consumer Protection Act required packaged food labels to identify all ingredients containing wheat and other allergens. This requirement does not extend to prescription drugs. After repeated efforts to shed light on this issue, the FDA released draft guidance in 2017 encouraging drug manufacturers to disclose the presence of gluten. While some manufacturers have taken this step, it has not been implemented consistently. This leads to anxiety of not knowing whether or not your medicine is doing more harm than good.

That is why we support the Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act, which will make it easier to identify gluten in prescription drugs. This legislation 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. For the nearly 3 million Americans living with celiac disease, that small distinction is an important one.

Please join us in asking your Members of Congress to cosponsor this important piece of legislation to make it easier and safer for individuals with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity to make informed purchases of needed medications.