# 3129 The Bottom of the Food Chain?

Q. Should not all medical pills be permitted during Pesach or when from an non-kosher source during the whole year, since they are after all a non edible food that even dogs would not eat?
A. Indeed Poskim do mention that reason as a heter or permission even for the sick who are not in life danger (Minchas Shlomo 1: 17, Shemiras Shabbos K. (19: 33) quotes R.S.Z. Auerbach zt’l that this may apply even to sweet quoted pills. However, Har Tzvi Y.D. 97, and others debate the issue.
Other Poskim maintain that one should be stringent, since after all if one is eating them, it becomes a case of ‘Achshevei’ or one considers and turns them into food.
Rabbi A. Bartfeld as advised by Horav Aharon Miller Shlit’a

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