Congressman Tim Ryan - May 2013  

                                           

  The Celiac Support Association writes letter in Support of Bill introduced into the US House of Representatives

Gluten in Medication Identification Act of 2012 - H.R. 4972 awaiting reintroduction in 2013

Press Release from House members Tim Ryan and Nita Lowey of 2012 version:

According to the Mayo Clinic, celiac disease has increased as much as four times in the last decade. Celiac disease is an immune-mediated chronic inflammatory disorder triggered by the ingestion of gluten or wheat grain products, affecting primarily the small intestine.  As you are aware, the Food Allergen Labeling Consumer Protection Act of 2004 required packaged food labels to identify all ingredients containing wheat and other allergens. However, this important distinction is missing from medicine labels. The lack of information regarding gluten in medicine is troubling for people who suffer from this disease.

The standard treatment for celiac disease is the elimination of gluten-containing products, including wheat, barley, or rye sources. For some individuals, failure to avoid these sources can cause life-threatening complications. Unfortunately, this can be nearly impossible when it comes to the presence of gluten in medicine. The lack of proper labeling to inform the average consumer or pharmacist about the presence of gluten can cause confusion, delay in taking the medicine, and unintentional digestion of gluten.

That is why we have introduced the Gluten in Medicine Identification Act, which will make it easier to identify gluten in drug products.  This legislation requires that the label of drugs intended for human use contain a parenthetical statement identifying the source of any ingredient constituting or derived from a grain or starch-containing ingredient.

Join us in making it easier and safer for individuals who suffer from celiac disease or a gluten allergy to purchase medicines. For more information or to become a cosponsor, please contact Anne Sokolov in Congressman Tim Ryan’s office (anne.sokolov@mail.house.gov, x55261) or Chris Bigelow in Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s office (chris.bigelow@mail.house.gov, x56506).

The Celiac Support Association has endorsed H.R. 4972, a bill introduced by Representative Tim Ryan (OH-17). This bill will require source labeling of grain or starch-containing ingredients in prescription medications. The Celiac Support Association is proud to be supporting this bill alongside all other major celiac organizations.

The Bill is endorsed by: Celiac Support Association, Gluten Intolerance Group, American Celiac Disease Alliance, National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, Celiac Disease Foundation,