Category: Pharmaceuticals

Malaysia: Drug firms eye Halal certification

| 05/06/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Drug firms eye Halal certification

PHARMACEUTICAL companies have shown overwhelming interest in obtaining halal certification, introduced earlier this year, from the Department of Islamic Development (Jakim).

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Malaysia continues to be regional sourcing hub for halal ingredients

| 30/03/2013 | Reply
Malaysia continues to be regional sourcing hub for halal ingredients

Among the products that are in demand by foreign companies are medical products like halal gel and capsules as well as franchising opportunities. These are some ideas or products that have attracted interest from foreign companies coming to MIHAS 2013,

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Malaysia: Halal cert for pharmacy given to CCM

| 30/01/2013 | 2 Replies
Malaysia:  Halal cert for pharmacy given to CCM

Three companies under Chemical Company of Malaysia Berhad (CCM), namely CCM Pharmaceuticals Sdn Bhd, Upha Pharmaceutical Mfg. (M) Sdn Bhd and Duopharma (M) Sdn Bhd received the halal logo for more than 200 products. it was the first award to a pharmaceutical company.

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Malaysia: Halal gelatin in the process

| 22/12/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Halal gelatin in the process

The International Islamic University (IIU) of Malaysia and the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia will work together to produce gelatin from camels to meet world demand for halal gelatin.

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USA: Is the meningitis vaccine Halal for Hajj Pilgrims?

| 19/10/2012 | Reply
USA: Is the meningitis vaccine Halal for Hajj Pilgrims?

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis claims to have developed, in 2010, the first anti-meningitis vaccine without pork. Many religious authorities have already certified the Menveo vaccine as “halal,” but others are saying it is not porcine free.

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USA: Pharmacist makes ‘halal’ vitamins for American Muslims

| 17/08/2012 | Reply
USA: Pharmacist makes ‘halal’ vitamins for American Muslims

In his research he discovered that the majority of vitamins in the market were not “halal” as most of them had pork derivatives, such as the gelatin used in capsules or in gummy vitamins.

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Malaysia: Committee Needed To Monitor Halal Certified Medicines

| 25/04/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Committee Needed To Monitor Halal Certified Medicines

A special steering and implementing committee should be set up to ensure that halal certified medicines are prescribed to Muslims in the country, said Universiti Sains Malaysia dean of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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Saudi Arabia: SFDA urges stricter inspection

| 24/04/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: SFDA urges stricter inspection

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority is strengthening its oversight laboratories and offices with equipment and qualified personnel to enhance its presence in various exit and entry points to ensure the safety of food and drugs.

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Australia: “Halal” medicine now a option for Australian Muslims

| 23/04/2012 | Reply
Australia: “Halal” medicine now a option for Australian Muslims

Australia has its first “Halal friendly pharmacy” that may herald a new niche in the competitive retail pharmacy market. A large segment of Muslim consumers are requesting medicines that are Halal.

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Opinion: Halal meningitis vaccine available worldwide

| 22/04/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Halal meningitis vaccine available worldwide

The long waited halal meningitis vaccine named ‘Menveo’ is now available worldwide. Many Muslim countries including Saudi Arabia have approved it and many have instructed to replace the previously used one with this halal vaccine.

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UAE unveils new treatment for blocked heart arteries

| 31/01/2012 | Reply
UAE unveils new treatment for blocked heart arteries

UAE residents suffer from heart problems a decade younger than the world average, surgeons said, citing smoking, eating junk food and lack of exercise, as the contributing factors.

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Saudi Arabia pharma: Pfizzing

| 13/10/2011 | Reply
Saudi Arabia pharma: Pfizzing

Pfizer has become the first multinational pharma investor to set up a wholly owned subsidiary. It is all part of the Saudi efforts to expand the healthcare sector. Because of restrictions on foreign-ownership of businesses, foreign investments in Saudi Arabia’s pharma sector have traditionally been limited to joint ventures with domestic firms. Now the development of economic “free zones” is changing that, and Pfizer of the US is one company taking advantage.

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Halal Beauty – The Next steps

| 09/09/2011 | Reply
Halal Beauty – The Next steps

Being able to choose Halal when it comes to cosmetic purchases is still a relatively new concept with the vast majority of brands yet to celebrate their fifth birthday. So far it looks like Halal cosmetics fit very neatly (at least on a scientific level) alongside other Natural, Environmentally conscious, pure and animal-testing free cosmetic ranges. So do we need Halal personal care?

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Meningitis vaccine: CCP serves notice on pharma companies for using word ‘Halal

| 07/09/2011 | Reply
Meningitis vaccine: CCP serves notice on pharma companies for using word ‘Halal

The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has served notices on pharmaceutical companies for advertising the vaccine for meningitis with “Halal” tag. Earlier, TheNetwork for Consumer Protection, a non-governmental organisation working for the rights of consumers, had staged a protest against the use of religion by some pharmaceutical companies including Swiss transnational firm Novartis to sell the vaccine with the tag of Halal

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Pakistan: Advertisements for Halal food on the rise

| 24/08/2011 | Reply
Pakistan: Advertisements for Halal food on the rise

Currently, Pakistan has no laws on halal product certification but in March 2011 a team of Malaysian experts in halal certification visited the country to advise the Sindh government on creating a regulatory framework for halal certification.

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Malaysia: List Out Medicines Without Halal Certification

| 28/07/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: List Out Medicines Without Halal Certification

The Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (Fomca) today called on relevant authorities to list out medicines that do not have halal certification issued by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim). “When consumers request for halal medicines, the manufacturers, whether they like it or not, will have to apply for halal certification if they are to market their products to Muslims.”

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USA: Enzymotec’s SharpPS® Halal Certified

| 09/07/2011 | Reply
USA: Enzymotec’s SharpPS® Halal Certified

Enzymotec’s SharpPS® (phosphatidylserine) line of cognitive products used in dietary supplements is now certified by the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) as Halal.

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Malaysia: CCM aiming for bigger presence in overseas markets

| 28/06/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: CCM aiming for bigger presence in overseas markets

Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam will be the key markets for expansion. They have also submitted 10 pharmaceutical products for registrations and approvals in Saudi Arabia.

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Malaysia: Boustead plans to cut stake in Pharmaniaga to 75%

| 08/06/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Boustead plans to cut stake in Pharmaniaga to 75%

Pharmaniaga managing director Datuk Farshila Emran said the group planned to expand into halal drugs and supplements. She said the group was embarking on a programme to get its plants to be halal-certified for the purpose of halal drugs production.

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GCC: Looking Good

| 29/04/2011 | Reply
GCC: Looking Good

Latest figures show halal beauty products account for $500 million of the $2 trillion global halal market. And while western brands are seeking to prove their commitment to the Muslim consumer, the market is facing tougher scrutiny to meet buyers’ expectations.

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