FD&C Red No. 3
Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on March 29, 2021.
What is it?
FDA has regulatory oversight for color additives used in foods, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices. FD&C Red No. 3, also known as erythrosine, is a synthetic dye with a cherry-pink stain. In foods it is used to dye cake decorating gel, candies and popsicles, among other food items. Red #40 (Allura Red), is an azo dye, but it is often used in place of Red Dye #3 and can still be found in use in the food industry. Red Dye #3 is also used as color additive for ingested drugs. It is not listed as approved for use in cosmetics.
Top Medications with this excipient
- Acetaminophen and Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride 500 mg / 25 mg
- Atazanavir Sulfate 100 mg
- Brisdelle 7.5 mg
- Calcitriol 0.25 mcg
- Cyclophosphamide 50 mg
- Dexamethasone 1.5 mg
- Diltiazem Hydrochloride Extended Release 300 mg
- Fluoxetine Hydrochloride and Olanzapine 50 mg / 6 mg
- Norpace CR 150 MG
- Omeprazole and Sodium Bicarbonate 40 mg / 1100 mg
- Omeprazole Delayed-Release 40 mg
- Piroxicam 20 mg
- Piroxicam 10 mg
- Restoril 15 mg
- Tacrolimus 5 mg
- Temazepam 7.5 mg
- Temozolomide 100 mg
- VP-ZEL Multiple Vitamins with Minerals
- Vraylar 6 mg
- Zohydro ER 50 mg
 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. http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr;sid=c387334e82029536a53dde1171ba5481;rgn=div5;view=text;node=21%3A126.96.36.199.27;idno=21;cc=ecfr#21:188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206
 U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Color Additives: FDA's Regulatory Process and Historical Perspectives. Accessed 10/20/2011. http://www.fda.gov/ForIndustry/ColorAdditives/RegulatoryProcessHistoricalPerspectives/default.htm
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