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Use of animal surfactant: should we seek consent?
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    • Roshan Adappa, Specialist Registrar
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      • Sam Oddie, Specialist registrar, Newcastle

    Dear Editor

    We thank Dr Theo Fenton and Professor Murat Yurdakok for their responses.[1,2]

    We agree with Dr T Fenton that there is the practical question of how much information can we give. However we think a policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell” may be unwise.

    Professor M Yurdakok discusses the issue with regards to Islam. We are grateful to him for providing religious guidance, which may help fa...

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    None declared.
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    Use of animal surfactant: a religious perspective

    Dear Editor

    I read with great interest Adappa et al.’s letter.[1] I would like to add some comment on the perspective of animal derived medication in Islam.

    The essence of Islamic Laws is for the protection of individual life, religion, mind, property and family. Therefore in difficult circumstances, the rules are:

    1. take the lesser of the two evils,
    2. necessity a...

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    What about gelatin?

    Dear Editor

    Adappa et al. wonder whether parents should be told that Curosurf and Survanta are derived from pig and cow lung. But where does one stop? Most capsules prescribed for older children and adults are made of gelatin - a cheap source of collagen derived from cow or pigskin, or bone. Is it equally patronizing not to tell our patients and their parents this? Surely not.

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