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Jerusalem - Pfizer Med For Gaucher Disease Receives Kosher Label

Published on: July 1, 2014 11:12 PM
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Jerusalem – A Pfizer medication produced in an Israeli manufacturing facility has received certification from the Orthodox Union, an American Jewish organization that assigns the circled-U “Ⓤ” symbol to food.

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On its web site Pfizer says Elelyso, used for Type 1 Gaucher disease and produced in Israel, received the label.

The kosher label was applied because Protalix Biotherapeutics, the company that runs the manufacturing facility, uses “genetically engineered carrot cells grown in a simple solution of water, plant extracts, sugar and a mixture of vitamins and minerals.”

Most kosher rules allow the use of medications and do not oversee non-oral medications such as Elelyso, which is injected, but Pfizer states the kosher label shows their commitment to the Gaucher disease community. Approximately 6,000 people in the United States are affected with Type 1 Gaucher, and one in every 14 Ashkenazi Jews is a carrier of the disease.



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 Jul 01, 2014 at 11:19 PM yosher Says:

Shame on the ou for taxing these unfortunate families with this phony Hashgacha. No Rabbi has yet figured out how to make a buck on Pesach Sheni; go to it men.

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 11:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Very nice. However, Yidden shouldn't fool themselves that they will not get a dose of assorted chazari in one form or another during their 120 years here.

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 Jul 02, 2014 at 12:08 AM Anonymous Says:

Shame on you OU for making a mockery of kashrut. you guys went from the gold standard in the industry to the bottom of the barrel in the blink of an eye. What's next, Kosher Preparation H Suppositories?

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 Jul 02, 2014 at 12:37 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Shame on you OU for making a mockery of kashrut. you guys went from the gold standard in the industry to the bottom of the barrel in the blink of an eye. What's next, Kosher Preparation H Suppositories?

You think you are funny but there are many suppositories with hashgacha including some very effective products with supervision by the Kof K.

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 Jul 02, 2014 at 02:38 AM Raphael_Kaufman Says:

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Anonymous Says:

You think you are funny but there are many suppositories with hashgacha including some very effective products with supervision by the Kof K.

Sounds like they are confusing derech achilah with derech amirah.

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 Jul 02, 2014 at 07:06 AM Phineas Says:

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Anonymous Says:

You think you are funny but there are many suppositories with hashgacha including some very effective products with supervision by the Kof K.

exactly his point. They are effective but do not need haschgacha. Why would you need a haschgacha for something that you put in your tuches. I don't know how you eat but for most people, that is not derech achila.

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 Jul 02, 2014 at 07:14 AM pushkin Says:

I see people that bash ou really know what they are talking about. Maybe it's time for ahavas chinam after all that's happening to us.

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 Jul 02, 2014 at 08:42 AM Frum Rx Says:

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pushkin Says:

I see people that bash ou really know what they are talking about. Maybe it's time for ahavas chinam after all that's happening to us.

It will be a matter of time when we hear of the first case of the super machmir parent who refused to give their kids medications because it's not certified by a reputable kashrut organization. I hope the OU understands the precident they are setting. The excuse that another kashrut organization would have given the certification does not hold water. It doesn't take a genius to understand the fiscal motive by the OU, unfortunately it will cost us jewish lives.

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 Jul 02, 2014 at 09:52 AM mewhoze Says:

medicines dont need hashgacha

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 Jul 02, 2014 at 09:55 AM yosher Says:

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pushkin Says:

I see people that bash ou really know what they are talking about. Maybe it's time for ahavas chinam after all that's happening to us.

Maybe it's time for Hashgachas Chinom

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 Jul 02, 2014 at 10:02 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

You think you are funny but there are many suppositories with hashgacha including some very effective products with supervision by the Kof K.

Sad.

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 Jul 02, 2014 at 05:46 PM Sha1om Says:

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Frum Rx Says:

It will be a matter of time when we hear of the first case of the super machmir parent who refused to give their kids medications because it's not certified by a reputable kashrut organization. I hope the OU understands the precident they are setting. The excuse that another kashrut organization would have given the certification does not hold water. It doesn't take a genius to understand the fiscal motive by the OU, unfortunately it will cost us jewish lives.

Dude. I'm a pharmacist who works in Lakewood and KJ.

It happens already.

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