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Multi Vitamins

Rabbi Elchanan Lewis26 Tammuz 5765
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Question
I have just started taking multi vitamins, I bought Centruim but I realized it had no Hechsher. I asked my Rabeim one said since it is not Ochel you do not need a Hechser but my other rebbi said you do need a Hecsher (the multi vitamin centruim does contain gelatin). What is the right Psak?
Answer
If prescribed by a doctor – you can take it, since it's not edible. If you are healthy, and the vitamins are taken without a medical need, it's better to have a Hechsher. For Centrum – I heard a reliable source that quoted Rav Eliashiv that you can take it.
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