Some people that follow the gluten-free diet for health reasons are just holding on until a magic pill for celiac appears. The hope for them is that a pill could be taken and they could go back to eating whatever they wanted, without any ill effects. However, with all prescription medications, there are risks involved. Just look at the controversy over several osteoperosis drugs that might be linked to people breaking their femur bones. Yes, a drug meant to strengthen bones might be causing them to weaken with prolonged use. I’d read about this issue online two years ago and the FDA is just now considering investigating the issue. Watch the ABC News story here.
When you read about all the problems that are uncovered with pharmaceutical drugs, long after the FDA approves them, it’s hard to feel safe taking any drug every day for the rest of your life. At least it is for me. Even so, many people are hoping for a cure-all drug for celiac disease. For those of us who are a bit more cautious about taking non life saving medications every day forever are content on trying to make it easier just to live gluten-free. “Let food be thy medicine” is my motto at this point.
In looking at the data regarding medications for celiac, it seems there is going to be a fairly long wait until such a drug appears and even when and if it does, it’s likely to be more of a cross contamination medication than a cure-all for celiac. People might take a pill when dining out, vacationing or during holiday festivities. They would still not eat a lot gluten on purpose, but cross contamination issues might be less problematic. At the latest celiac conference in Chicago in September 2009, the possible and promising therapies for the condition discussed were not a magic pill that people could take and eat as much gluten as they desired. That’s disappointing news for many in the gluten-free community, but not for all.
Anything is possible so maybe a so-called magic pill for celiac will be available eventually. It would be interesting to see how many of our readers would be interested in a “magic pill for celiac”. Please take a moment to vote on this POLL. It’s completely anonymous and the data is not being collected for any company, drug or otherwise.