Label medications with common allergens
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Many prescription and over-the-counter medications contain common allergens such as gluten and lactose but are not required to disclose them. As a result, if an allergy sufferer wants to buy something as simple as ibuprofen, they have to carry out significant research online, and there is frequently conflicting information. For prescription medications, pharmacies have to carry out the same research, but they frequently lack the time or even realize that it's necessary. Most doctors and pharmacists are unaware about the fact that most prescription medication is made with lactose. Whether they realize it or not, food allergy sufferers frequently get sick from the very medicine that is supposed to be helping them feel better.
Legislation should be introduced that requires manufacturers of OTC and prescription medication to disclose allergens on their packaging. It would also help raise awareness among allergy sufferers, doctors, and pharmacists, alike, which would be extremely helpful given that food allergies sufferers are increasing in number.
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