Archive \ Volume.6 2015 Issue 2

Need for contents on halal medicines in pharmacy and medicine curriculum

Tahir Mehmood Khan, Shazwani Shaharuddin

According to an estimate by 2020 Muslim population, will be almost a quarter of the world population. Pharmaceuticals business sector estimates “Halal Pharmaceuticals” to be multimillion dollars industry. Keeping in view the religious preference of Muslim consumers, many developing and developed countries have taken initiative to establish “halal certification centers” and “halal certification guidelines.” However, till to date it is hard to find any contents in medicine or pharmacy curriculums that aims to develop understanding among pharmacy and medical graduates about the halal and non-halal (haram) animal sources, processing and manufacturing techniques and halal excipients. The current article will aim, to summarize, the concept of halal and non-halal sources of medicines or drugs in the light of recommendation from “Quran and Hadith.” By adding basic contents in pharmacy and medicine curriculum, future graduates will be in a position to distinguish between the non-halal and halal sources of medicine and alternates. Thus, empowering medical and pharmacy graduates will assist them understanding the needs of Muslim patients’ needs in the line with the Islamic regulations outlined in Quran.

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