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D&C Yellow No. 10

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 22, 2024.

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

FDA has regulatory review for color additives used in foods, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices. D&C Yellow # 10 (2-(2-Quinolyl)-1,3-indandione disulfonic acid disodium salt) is a FDA-approved colorant commonly used to color dose forms such as tablets and capsules. FD&C colors are the colors certified for use by the U.S. FDA in the food, drug, and cosmetic industry.The FDA states that D&C Yellow No. 10 may be safely used as a colorant. D&C Yellow No. 10 is approved for use in drugs and cosmetics but is not approved as a colorant for food.[1] [2]

List of medications using D&C Yellow No. 10


  1. [1]Electronic Code of Federal Registers. Title 21: Food and Drugs. Part 74. Listing of color additives subject to certification. Subpart B. Drugs. Accessed online October 19, 2011.;sid=c387334e82029536a53dde1171ba5481;rgn=div5;view=text;node=21%3A1.;idno=21;cc=ecfr#21:
  2. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Color Additives: FDA's Regulatory Process and Historical Perspectives. Accessed 10/20/2011.

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