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Can non-halal medications be given and should healthcare professionals provide them?

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Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

This question arises from my day to day practice as a pre-reg Pharmacist.
It is well known that many medicines are made up of non-halaal excipeints e.g. most capsules have an outer shell made of gelatine from either bovine or porcine sources, or e.g Insulins that come from a procine/bovine source. My question is :

a) If these medications are necessary for the health of a patient e.g. Insulin, and a suitable alternative is not available i.e. if a capsule had a gelatine outer coating and an alternative made of methylcellulose was not available but the medication was tantamount to the health of the patient, then should this medication be adminsitered?

b) What position am I in as a health care professional with regards to supplying such medicines especiallly since the aim is to ultimately improve the patients health and since many manufacturers do not take into consideration what people want but what is cheap?

Jazakallahu khair

Duas requested

Wassalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

In the Name of Allah, the Inspirer of Truth.
Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

It is permissible to prescribe, administer and stock such midlines. One must endeavour to use a Halaal alternative if available. For Muslim patiennts, one must advise them of Halaal alternatives.

And Allah knows Best
Wa Alaykumussalaam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh


(Mufti) Abdullah Patel
Halal Food Guide

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