ADVIL CAPLETS: Source of Stearic Acid and Polysorbate 80

A reader passed the following along to VRG in reference to an inquiry into some of the ingredients in Advil Caplets.

“I got this today and am passing it along in case it’s
useful.”

Thank you for contacting GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare
regarding Advil Caplets requesting for the below information:

Thank you for your enquiry on Advil Caplets marketed by
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSKCH) in the United States.

Please note that Advil film coated tablets are no longer
available and are discontinued from the market.

The ingredients in Advil Caplets include: Ibuprofen 200mg,
acetylated monoglycerides, colloidal silicon dioxide, corn starch,
croscarmellose sodium, methylparaben, microcrystalline cellulose,
pharmaceutical glaze, pharmaceutical ink, povidone, pregelatinized starch,
propylparaben, sodium benzoate, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearic acid, sucrose,
synthetic iron oxide, titanium dioxide, and white wax.

Stearic Acid is not animal derived and unfortunately, we
cannot state the exact source of the stearic acid as it is considered proprietary
by the manufacturers of the material.

Please note that Polysorbate 80 is not present in Advil
Caplets. However, please be informed that Polysorbate 80 used in some of our
Advil products is produced by a chemical synthetic process and is not animal or
pant derived.

Prior to using a product, we recommend you to always check
the list of ingredients printed on the product pack and follow the usage
instructions. If you are unsure whether a product is suitable for you, kindly
consult your physician or healthcare professional prior to use.

Yours sincerely,

GSK Consumer Relations Healthcare

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