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Drugs of Porcine Origin

Front cover of the booklet
Medicines Partnership was part of a group which in April 2004 launched a BNF-sized booklet for health professionals on drugs of porcine origin and their clinical alternatives. The booklet not only provides a directory of drugs of porcine origin and their alternatives, but also provides guidance on the religious and cultural aspects of porcine derived products and explains why and how patients should be involved in decisions about medicines.
Printed copies of the booklet have run out, but it is available to download at the bottom of the page.
Patient  guide: In October 2004, Sanofi Synthelabo produced patient versions of the booklets in English, Urdu, Gujerati, Arabic & Hindi.  Medicines Partnership had no involvement in the development of these patient versions.The writing of the booklet was co-ordinated by HealthGain Solutions, with an unrestricted educational grant from Sanofi-Synthelabo, and had the following editorial board:
Prof Aziz Sheikh, BSc, MBBS, MSC, MRCP, MRCGP, MD, DRCOG, DFFP, DCH: Professor of Primary Care Research and Development, Division of Community Health Sciences: GP Section, University of Edinburgh; Chairman, Research and Documentation Committee, Muslim Council of Britain
Dr Joseph Spitzer, MB, BS, MRCGP, DCCH, DRCOG, General Practitioner, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in General Practice and Primary Care (Barts and the London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London)
Rabbi A Adler, BPharm MRPharmS Consultant Pharmacist for the London Beth Din and Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations. Kashrus and Medicines Information Service, Gateshead NE8 1TP
Dr Rashid Gatrad, OBE, PhD, FRCP, Consultant Paediatrician, Paediatrician, Manor Hospital, Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust, Honorary Professor (Paediatrics)
University of Kentucky
Angela McFarlane BA (Hons), Managing Director, HealthGain Solutions.

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