Did you know that the vast majority of medicines available in Pharmacies contain, among other things, products of animal origin?
Medication in powder, tablet or Capsule form often contains magnesium stearate – the magnesium salt of the fatty acid stearic acid – which can be of animal origin.
However, some vegan-certified drugs, such as Paracetamol, are beginning to arrive in the market.
For people who shun all animal products, accepting certain treatments can become a difficult choice.
In fact, three out of four of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United Kingdom contain animal-derived products, Warns the Vegan Society, a British association that campaigns in support of vegan lifestyles.
The composition of medicines can include products like gelatin, which is obtained from bones, and magnesium stearate, which is generally obtained from animal fat.
Some treatments also contain lactose, obtained from animal milk.
These components are not necessarily specified to the public.
“Of the 100 bestselling drugs, it is impossible to know whether or not the drug contains animal substances in 70% of cases,” explains the Veggiepharm website, a French start-up that offers vegan medicines and food supplements.
There is also the issue of animal testing, which goes against the beliefs of vegans.
The Vegan Society launched a campaign in 2017 called “Make More Medicines Vegan”, aimed at the British government.
Its goal was to raise awareness of plant-based solutions in the production of medicines.
But solutions already seem to be coming from some pharmaceutical companies.
At the beginning of this month (March 2022), a German pharmaceutical firm launched a Paracetamol of entirely vegetable origin and developed without any animal testing.
This drug is the first to receive the Vegan Trademark certification from the Vegan Society.
This analgesic is as effective as the Paracetamol that we are used to taking, claim the drug’s Creators.
As such, it is recommended for use in cases of mild pain or fever.
It contains 500mg of Paracetamol, but is animal-free as it incorporates a vegetable alternative to magnesium stearate.
Similarly, Veggiepharm, founded in 2017, offers a Paracetamol “with no extract of animal origin”, made without testing on animals and certified by the Eve Vegan label. – AFP Relaxnews