Fact Check: Do Nurofen-ibuprofen tablets contain graphene oxide?

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A social media post is claiming that Nurofen-ibuprofen tablets contain graphene oxide. We fact-checked and found this claim to be False.

The Claim

A video on social media post is circulating which alleges that the black ink on Nurofen Zavance capsules is made of graphene oxide. To prove this, the capsule is shown to dissolve in a glass of water, and then a magnet is placed to the side of the glass. Several small black globules, according to the narrator are the graphene oxide move towards the magnet.

Fact Check

Do Nurofen-ibuprofen tablets contain graphene oxide?

No. As per the ingredient list published by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration, Graphene oxide is not listed as an ingredient in Nurofen-ibuprofen, though black iron oxide is.

Colour ink is used for pharmaceutical or cosmetic industry purposes. It may be edible or non-edible. Color additives are permitted for use in cosmetics by the FDA. Edible black ink may be used in coloring in the pharmaceutical industry, for example, in coloring for capsules or tablets. The ink in Nurofen-ibuprofen contains the ingredient Black Iron Oxide, which is used widely within the pharmaceutical industry and is safe for human consumption.

Is Iron oxide safe for consumption?

Yes. In Nurofen-Ibuprofen tablets, the ink is made up of Iron oxide, which is highly regulated and safe for human consumption. Iron oxide, also known as ferric oxide, is used in foods, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical industry. 

It was the Iron oxide because of which particles in the video were magnetically attracted. Hence, the claim is false.

Mandeep Singh

Pharmacist Mandeep Singh, says that “There is no scientific evidence that Nurofen-ibuprofen uses graphene oxide, an oxidized derivative of graphene. The black-colored particles shown in the video are of Iron oxide which is a magnetic colouring agent, because of which the particles get attracted to the magnet. Also, there is no medical significance of using Graphene oxide in this salt.”

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