The pharma trade body is urging Muslims who are taking medication, and fasting from sunrise to sunset during the religious festival of Ramadan, to seek advice from pharmacists on how to manage medicine intake effectively and safely in the interests of their health.
This year Ramadan begins on Friday 21 August and ends on Saturday 19 September. During this period Muslims do not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset each day. This religious observance could pose a problem to individuals with chronic conditions requiring regular medication, said the Society.
The RPSGB believes that spending just a few minutes discussing medication with a pharmacist will help to ensure it is taken correctly during fasting.
Assistant Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, is supportive of the RPSGB's advice. Mogra said: ‘Although the Qur'an says Muslims can be exempt from fasting, some people refuse to take advantage of the exemptions and allowances which are available. We recognise that it's important that people are able to observe their religious practice but are equally clear that they should not risk their health.'