IPEC e-newsletter - Excipients Insight September 2017 - 19-09-17


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Antioxidant excipients and health claims; consultation

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has just completed a consultation period on draft guidance for the scientific requirements for health claims related to antioxidants, oxidative damage and cardiovascular health. The news is notable as antioxidants include a number of compounds that are also used as excipients.

Antioxidant excipients include substances such as ascorbic acid (vitamin C), alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E), butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydroxytolune, and are used in pharmaceutical, nutritional and cosmetic products to protect them from oxidative degradation, for example to improve the shelf-life of medicines and prevent oil-based products turning rancid.

The consultation considers claimed effects which are considered to be beneficial physiological effects, and discusses the kinds of intervention studies which can provide evidence for the scientific substantiation of specific claims.

More information is available here.




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