Concerns related to the use of animal-derived materials in medications are not restricted to the hypothetical risk of infection with new-variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease. Awareness of patient ethnicity, religion, and dietary habits plays a part in drug choice. For example, a Hindu patient may prefer a medication free of bovine-derived products. People with lactose intolerance, of which there are 50 million in the United States (3), should be offered medication free of lactose. Although information about drug constituents can be found from different sources, it is not readily available to prescribers, and patients do not always have access to this information. We acknowledge that in many clinical situations it might be impractical to consider drug constituents. As long as products continue to be produced that contain animal derivatives, physicians have an ethical obligation to inform patients of their presence.