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Halal vaccines, medicines and segregation of the infidels

“Malaysia: First Halal Pharmaceutical Gathering takes place in November” (article from Eat Halal website 2013)

Halal certifiers are eyeing up $148 billion worth of generic medical patents due to expire in 2018, and they also plan to create halal certified vaccines. Segregating Muslims from non-Muslim patients is also on their radar.

It started off with meat only, then other foods, now halal certification has extended into pharmaceuticals, healthcare, travel, education, and the list goes on. A $2.1 trillion dollar industry which mostly funds Islam but virtually all of us worldwide are chipping into it. But it’s not just our infidel money they want, they also want to change our way of life, such as segregating Muslims from non Muslims in healthcare.

The Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report into The State of The Global Islamic Economy 2016/17, and supported by Dubai The Capital of Islamic Economy

I have continued to investigate halal certification and have uncovered some alarming information which may affect the worldwide healthcare and medical system.

The 2016/2017 Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard (the latter being an Islamic company) report into the State of The Global Islamic Economy, which is supported by “Dubai The Capital of Islamic Economy”, documents all the areas that halal certification has spread into.

What is most alarming to me are the following quotes, regarding pharmaceuticals:

  • “Within pharmaceuticals, there has been an ongoing push for Halal certified vaccines. A Malaysian and Saudi Arabian consortium working on developing a Halal vaccine are waiting to launch their product as soon as the world’s first Halal vaccine facility becomes operational in 2018.” (pg 159)

    The State of The Global Islamic Economy Report 2016/17, pg 172

  • “Halal pharmaceuticals manufacturers are investing in R&D to develop vaccines, and eying patent expirations to expand their portfolios.” (pg 172)
  • “Companies are gearing up to take advantage of the ‘patent cliff’ in generics, with $148 billion worth of generic patents set to expire by 2018. Malaysia’s CCM Berhad will select products with upcoming patent expirations for manufacturing, depending on production capacity, by 2018.” (pg 172)

Of course once these patents expire there is nothing to stop anyone from making their own generic brand of pharmaceuticals, and the halal certified brands will be just another competitor. However we have already seen halal certified foods hold a monopoly in Australian society, not to mention other Western countries. Halal certified pharmaceuticals could end up with a monopoly too.

The State of The Global Islamic Economy Report 2016/17, pg 29, shows Australia as 2nd in the world on their Halal Food Indicator

Think it can’t happen? Well look at our food industry, we have just over 2% Muslims in Australia, yet the majority of our Aussie produced foods appear to be halal certified. Exactly what percentage is unclear (even the 2015 Senate Economics References Committee into third party certification of food couldn’t find out), but according to the Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report Australia has risen from number 4 to number 2 on the World Halal Food indicator. (pg 29) The Halal Food Indicator evaluates countries on the “relative strengths of the ecosystem they have for the development of the sector.” (pg 28) Therefore it seems as if someone involved in this report has a good idea how much money Aussie produced foods are making for Islamic interests, even if no one was forthcoming with the information to the Australian Senate inquiry.

Profits from the majority of our Aussie foods funding Islam? All of this would have been unthinkable some years back.

This is potentially what could happen with pharmaceuticals. Say a halal certifier makes a money grant (e.g. backed by Saudi Arabia) to a hospital but the proviso is that the hospital agrees to stock only halal certified brands (pharmaceuticals/food etc). They use the argument that it would be “inclusive” for Muslim patients, and of course the inference would be that any of the hospital board who object are “islamophobic”. Of course at that stage the halal certifiers ensure that their prices are in line with other generic pharmaceutical brands. Once they gain this monopoly they drive out all other competitors, they then start raising the prices of their medicines. By this stage the hospital is pretty much locked into dealing with them.

Halal certified hospital in India, Global Health City Chennai

Indeed the report mentions that at least one hospital in India, Global Health City Chennai, has secured halal certification. (pg 171). Whilst they don’t go into the full details of what securing halal certification for this hospital entailed, courtesy of an article on the Salaamgateway website it is clear that at the very least halal food is served to patients. It’s not a leap to assume that to stay halal certified this hospital will be pressured to only stock halal certified pharmaceuticals, and administer only halal certified vaccines once they become abundant.

Oh and no doubt halal certifiers will endeavour to get PBS backing too (or whatever similar pharmaceutical benefits scheme exists in various countries), meaning the government (think taxpayer) is helping to subsidise the costs of the medicines.

Of course there is nothing to stop any pharmaceutical company from using similar tactics to drive out other competitors, but the difference is, when it comes to halal certified pharmaceuticals, the profits are generally funding Islam.

The patent cliff is in 2018, therefore I think this is something that medical establishments worldwide need to look into ASAP.

The Salaamgateway article also mentioned that an important factor in medical tourism was to “provide halal medications when available ( such as porcine-free gelatine capsules for medication, non-porcine insulin).”

The State of The Global Islamic Economy Report 2016/17, pg 189

The Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report mentioned though that it was a challenge to find “Halal alternatives for common medical ingredients” (pg 189). Therefore another issue could be that medicine may be compromised if these vaccines/medications ingredients are made to comply with religious specifications.

John Rock, the co-inventor of the contraceptive pill, designed it to be close to a woman’s natural cycle to appease the Catholic Church

If you think that it’s unlikely that non-Muslims would be affected by this, well it wouldn’t be the first time medicines have been compromised to fit with religious dogma that not all patients subscribe to. Indeed one of the reasons John Rock, the co-inventor of the contraceptive pill, designed it to be close to a woman’s natural cycle was to appease the Catholic Church, as well as reassure Catholics. There was not a health reason that women needed to have a period once a month, but because to do so made the pill appear more natural, and the Catholic Church had already approved a natural form of contraception, the rhythm method, Rock thought the Church may be more agreeable to accepting the contraceptive pill. He was wrong, and to this day the Catholic Church has still never approved artificial contraceptive devices such as the contraceptive pill (or condoms) as they are not deemed “natural” methods of family planning.

Of course John Rock had good intentions, he did hope to make the pill as amenable as possible to gain the Church’s approval and therefore to alleviate the suffering of many Catholic women who were often perpetually pregnant. And certainly women today have much to be grateful to John Rock for, as his pioneering work helped free millions of women who had been virtual prisoners of their biology. However whatever Rock’s good intentions were, the upshot of his futile attempt of capitulation to Catholic teachings was that legions of women using the pill, Catholic and otherwise, have endured a period once a month thinking it was unhealthy to forgo menstruation each month.

These days it seems the world has to capitulate to Islamic dogma. For instance Indonesia has mandated that by 2019 virtually all products (including food and pharmaceuticals) traded and imported into their country must be halal certified. The Jakarta Post noted that some pharmaceutical companies have already expressed their concerns about how this will compromise medicines.

There is also an indication in the Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report that prices may go up. Under “Marketing and Sales Challenges” (pg 176):

  • “Economies of scale. Multinational companies are opting to produce organic and natural products instead of Halal certified products to appeal to a broader consumer base and have better economies of scale.”

Pharmacy 4 Less apparently has at least one halal certified location in Sydney

By the way, according to the report, apparently New York and Sydney already have halal pharmacies. (pg 171)

There are also many other alarming issues raised in this report, such as the segregation of genders, as well as the matching of female patients with female doctors. (pg 185)

Indeed according to the Salaamgateway article the halal certified hospital, Global Health City Chennai, “are also respectful of the privacy of female patients”. This is code for segregating women from men, of course having a separate male to female ward is not historically unusual in hospitals, but matching up medical staff to deal only with their own sex can lead to poor health outcomes if suitably qualified same sex staff are not available.

The State of The Global Islamic Economy Report 2016/17, pg 189

But even more shocking is that the Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report mentions the segregation of Muslims and non Muslims in health care! (pg 189) One can only ponder who ends up with the best doctors, or gets first priority.

The whole report is “supported by Dubai The Capital of Islamic Economy”, and is an eye opening view into the expansive extortion scheme that halal certification has become, which as well as food and healthcare, includes travel, media, education and so forth.

As well as crowing about their achievements in expanding this rort, they also mention challenges in a number of areas.  For instance when reporting on halal slaughter they mention the “obvious divide amongst Halal consumers”, with some halal certifiers pushing for unstunned slaughter of livestock. (pg 48) (though they themselves support stunned slaughter, but it’s unclear if they support the more humane irreversible stunning method, or the less humane reversible stunning method that most halal slaughter is currently conducted under in Australia). By the way those who are fighting to have the inhumane halal and kosher slaughter methods banned are labelled as Islamophobes (pg 33).

The State of The Global Islamic Economy Report 2016/17, above quote from pg 189

For those of fighting against the scam that is halal certification you will be pleased to know that one challenge they did also mention was, “There has been a significant backlash against Halal certification in Australia, with several senators conducting an inquiry into the Halal industry, considering the cost of certification and higher price of food as a tax.” (pg 42)

By the way is the above an admission that halal certification does drive up food prices? Let’s fight now to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen to our health care system.

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REFERENCES:

“The 2016/2017 Thomson Reuters/DinarStandard report into The State of The Global Islamic Economy” can be downloaded here:

ThomsonReuters-stateoftheGlobalIslamicEconomyReport201617 lower res

OR it can also be found at:

http://www.salaamgateway.com/en/food/story/SALAAM03102016111130/

Other references used in this report:

ABC Four Corners “The Truth About Halal”, http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2015/09/07/4305337.htm

“Healthy growth of Muslim-friendly medical tourism”,  http://www.salaamgateway.com/en/pharma-cosmetics/story/healthy_growth_of_muslimfriendly_medical_tourism_-salaam13072016052658/

Halal Certification a Bitter Pill for Pharma”, http://jakartaglobe.id/news/halal-certification-bitter-pill-pharma/

Eat Halal, “Malaysia: First Halal Pharmaceutical Gathering takes place in November”, http://www.eat-halal.com/malaysia-first-halal-pharmaceutical-gathering-takes-place-in-november/

“John Rock’s Error”, by Malcolm Gladwell, http://gladwell.com/john-rock-s-error/

The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution”, by Jonathan Eig, Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc., 2014

See my other post explaining everything you need to know about Halal Certification:

Halal Certification – Sharia by stealth, the $2.1 trillion dollar Islamic industry we are all chipping into