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Why Medications for Vegans Need Better Labeling

Updated: Aug 25, 2020

Vegan medicine, rather, animal-free medicine, needs better labeling to reduce ambiguity and get consumers exactly what they need.

Vegan and vegetarian patients may unknowingly be taking medications containing animal ingredients, warn researchers from Imperial College London

For vegans and vegetarians, food labeling has improved considerably over the last few years. This has made it easier to follow a vegan or vegetarian diet. For most, however, it remains unclear what exactly is inside their medications.

Through research published in the British Medical Journal, Dr Kinesh Patel and Dr Kate Tatham of the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London, identified that most medications prescribed in primary care contain animal-derived ingredients. They call for improved labeling, like that on food, to help inform doctors, pharmacists and patients about the content of medicines.

At VeganMed, we strive to address the labeling confusion and make determining what's inside your medications simple and transparent. We aim to do this through a comprehensive medication search tool for patients and medical professionals, as well as the first Pharmacist-backed certification program. Learn more about our team on our Meet Our Experts page. We want to know how to help you best, so please Contact Us with any questions or requests you may have!

We hope that one day it is as easy for individuals to understand the contents of their medications as it is their food products.


Disclaimer:  The product and/or medical information provided on VeganMed is of a general nature and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or product.


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Research by Dr Kinesh Patel and Dr Kate Tatham of the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London:

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