Oral medications with gelatin

From time to time we are asked about oral medications containing gelatin.  We prescribe all medications based on local guidelines from our Clinical Commissioning Group.  Here are the guidelines we work to :

The World Health Organisation has consulted with Islamic Scholars and confirmed that the gelatin used in oral medications is considered transformed. A report on the findings of more than one hundred Islamic legal scholars who met to clarify Islamic purity laws concluded that it is judicially permissible for Muslims to take it in this form and states the following: Transformation which means the conversion of a substance, different in characteristics, changes substances that are judicially impure ...into pure substances, and changes substances that are prohibited into lawful and permissible substances. The statement is supported with a document released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2001 which can be accessed via the following link as a starting point when discussing oral forms of gelatin in medicines with patients who are concerned.


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