Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have invested their time and effort into researching the pills patients commonly take. Their findings show that the majority of orally-taken pills may be detrimental to a patient’s health due to certain inactive ingredients.
The research shows that the team discovered a vast majority of common medications prescribed in the United States contain at least one ingredient that could lead to adverse health effects. Such ingredients include lactose, peanut oil, gluten, and chemical dyes, which have been found in 90 percent of all oral medications tested. These are clearly all high-risk items when it comes to allergic reactions and gastrointestinal symptoms.
The inspiration for this mission came from a real-life incident involving a patient with celiac disease. This patient was prescribed a pill that contained gluten which caused adverse effects.