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Coated Pills

Q: Some non-chewable pills have a sweet coating to help the pill go down more smoothly, but if one chewed the pill it would presumably be bitter [from the inner content]. Is this considered an “edible pill” which requires hashgachah or is it still like other pills that can be used regardless of the ingredients?

A: There are different ways to view those types of coatings, and most consider them to be edible coatings (on an inedible pill) which require kosher certification. However, in most cases the coating is merely a sugary coating that doesn’t need hashgachah and not a flavored one that would. You can tell what the coating is made of by looking at the list of inactive ingredient where you’ll either see “flavor” listed (or something similar) or just sweeteners (e.g. Sucrose).