The world’s first certified vegan paracetamol, Paraveganio, is now on sale in Germany after being approved by the Vegan Society.
The world’s first Certified Vegan Paracetamol is now on sale after gaining approval from the Vegan Society.
Paraveganio, a vegan paracetamol medicine created by the company axunio, has started distribution in Germany.
One of the most popular over-the-counter medications is paracetamol, a pain reliever. The drug is commonly used to relieve pain and fever due to its fast-acting effects.
Paraveganio has all the same results as standard paracetamol, it has been shown to fight fevers and relieve mild to moderate pain.
Why are some paracetamol brands not vegan?
Standard paracetamol tablets usually have a rate regulator of magnesium stearate, which is a salt made from stearic acid and magnesium. It can be derived from ingredients of animal origin.
Instead, Paraveganio has a magnesium stearate flow regulator, but made from pure plant origins. This ensures that the product is completely animal-free.
In a statement sent to Vegan food and lifeJulia von Horsten, Product and Business Development Manager, said: “We couldn’t be prouder to bring the world’s first certified vegan medicine to market.
“Of course, having it certified by the Vegan Society’s Vegan Trademark – the benchmark for vegan labeling – also makes it even more special.”
Can we expect more certified vegan medicines?
The creator company, axunio, plans to expand distribution to other parts of Europe, which means we may very well see Paraveganio in our own local pharmacies in the near future.
It also opens the door for more vegan medicines to be developed, knowing now that it is possible to be certified.
Ericka Durgahee, Vegan Society Marketing Manager, added, “We are thrilled to see our Vegan brand for the first time on a vegan medicine.
“[…] axunio has shown how easy it is to create a brilliant vegan product and we can only hope that other pharmaceutical companies will follow suit and work to create more vegan medicines.
The Vegan Society has campaigned for action to protect the rights of vegans to medicines.
In 2017, the Make More Medicines Vegan campaign was launched with the aim of encouraging the UK government to provide clearer labeling on products to clarify ingredients.
The campaign also called on the UK government to find and promote vegan alternatives to drugs that are usually of animal origin.
Medical items are often the hardest to adapt when it comes to veganism with limited options currently available.
However, while we are excited to see how this industry can grow, we want to reassure readers that if you need medical options that have not been certified, we support and encourage all means to maintain your health in absolute priority.
For more on the position on medicinal limits, see Medicine – where should vegans draw the line?