Following a Gluten-free Diet? Your Help Needed with Medication Survey

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), a member of NCPIE, is conducting a first-of-its-kind research study on gluten in medications, funded by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). NFCA is partnering with St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, in this two-part research project. The first part of the study is happening now: a survey of gluten-free populations. NFCA urges all people who are following a gluten-free diet to participate. Participants will be asked about their experiences taking medicine. They will also be asked to share information if they think they might have had a gluten-related reaction to an over-the-counter or prescription medicine. Results from the survey will guide the second phase of the study: the testing of some of the medicines identified in the survey to see if they contain gluten. This research aims to validate or nullify the anecdotal adverse experiences associated with gluten in medications that have been reported by people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. It is a first step to determine if more investigation is needed which may lead to additional research, labeling, and safe use guideline initiatives. How to participate: visit www.CeliacCentral.org/Survey. The online survey takes between 4-15 minutes to complete. It closes on February 28, 2012.
http://www.celiaccentral.org/Survey/