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Gluten-Free Labeled, Store Brand Over the Counter (OTC) Medicines Coming Soon

For years I’ve only purchased big brand names of ibuprofen and cough/cold medicine for my gluten-free daughter, because I couldn’t guarantee the generic, store brand version sitting right next to the big name brand  (and  about a third less in cost) was gluten-free.  Now it appears that’s about to change — in a bold way.

In a news release Monday, the Perrigo company says it will begin labeling gluten-free products appropriately beginning in January of 2010!  Wow!  Those Sunday 2:00 a.m. trips to my local 24-hour drug or grocery store looking for a pain reliever for my feverish child may not be so bad.  Now I’ll actually be able to find out a medicine’s gluten-free status — right there in aisle 9!  “Now, consumers will be able to identify whether a Perrigo-supplied product is “gluten-free” simply by reading the product label,” the Perrigo news release said.

Perrigo is the “world’s largest manufacturer of OTC [over-the-counter] pharmaceutical products for the store brand market.” It certainly is showing it’s progressive side by not only adding the gluten-free label, but also putting together a plan to ensure gluten-free claim on the medicines is true; which is a bit reassuring:

“To support the gluten-free labeling initiative, Perrigo has instituted a gluten-free assurance program. Perrigo’s program is based on the acceptable thresholds of gluten (less than 20 parts per million) identified by the FDA for the food industry. It is comprised of a gluten testing methodology for raw materials and products, as well as ongoing quality assurance for ingredient and formula changes.”

The Perrigo website doesn’t list which companies it prepares store-brand OTC medicines for, but it did briefly make mention of WalMart, Walgreens and Kroger as big name examples on one of the company’s web pages.  So you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled at your local store.

But in the meantime, this appears to be the list of generics they create. I can’t wait to check them out!

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4 Responses:

 
Isabel

said this on
12 Dec 2009 5:32:55 PM PST
That is awesome! This makes me so happy I could cry!

 
Anne

said this on
01 Feb 2012 6:25:27 PM PST
I do not find this to be true. I have seen no OTC drugs labeled gluten-free in our area I shop Walmart and Walgreens on a regular basis.

 
Susan

said this on
15 Jun 2013 11:45:34 AM PST
I also do not find that to be true, and it is 3 years after the supposed start of that. I shop at Kroger and when I looked up ingredients online for krogers OTC generics for Claritin and Benadryl, they both had one that said it contained gluten. The pharmacy at the store was no help - they called the 800 # on the box and got the run around. I am only 3 months into a gluten-free lifestyle and getting very frustrated!

 
John Robinson

said this on
23 Feb 2014 12:28:53 PM PST
I was diagnosed with celiac in Sept. 2012. My routine blood tests continued to show some mild levels of gluten exposure and I was still not feeling so hot.I went on a serious elimination diet to see if I missed any gluten exposure in my diet. After I stopped taking Kroeger brand generic Ibuprofen I felt 90% better after about 4 days. Was it the Ibuprofen itself or was there gluten in the medication? My next blood should help solve the mystery. So nice to have my life back and feel so much better!




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