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Paraveganio has become the first medicinal product to have the Vegan Trademark by The Vegan Society. Paracetamol is the most common painkiller, but most don’t know it often contains animal derivatives.

Most paracetamol contains the flow regulator, magnesium stearate. Magnesium stearate is the magnesium salt of the fatty acid which can be taken from animals. Paraveganio’s magnesium stearate is made entirely plant-based.

Paraveganio, like other paracetamols, helps treat aches, pains, and fevers but with zero animal products involved.

Many other medicinal products contain animal products or derivatives. This is a historical moment and will hopefully set the momentum for more medicinal products to become vegan and trademarked.

The new vegan paracetamol was made by a German company, axunio, and is the first vegan-certified drug. The tablets are currently only available in Germany; however, they plan to expand their markets soon.

The Vegan Society, which trademarked the product, said around 75% of the most common medicines in the UK contain animal-derived products. They also point out how standard animal testing is in the medicinal industry.

In 2017, The Vegan Society launched a campaign, Make More Medicines Vegan, and called upon the UK government to make more options for the growing vegans and plant-based community. They also are committed to raising awareness about animal-free options in the health community.

“We’re delighted to see our Vegan Trademark for the first time on a vegan medicinal product. We know that many vegans struggle to find a medication that is both suitable to their needs and in-line with their beliefs, which can be distressing,” commented Ericka Durgahee, Marketing Manager at The Vegan Society.

“However, axunio have shown just how easy it is to create a brilliant vegan-friendly product and we can only hope that other pharmaceutical companies follow suit and work to create more vegan medications.”

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