Re: tablets and kashrut

Lili Pauli (phenya@post.tau.ac.il)
Sun, 9 Feb 1997 13:58:42 +0200 (IST)

Natalie Hassman wrote:
>In Torah Forum vol. 3 #3 the kashruth status of tablets was raised. It
>is quite apparent that most are derived from some form of non-kosher
>substances. And, of course, the majority of common drugs would not be
>kosher for Passover. About a month ago I had to grapple with with that
>problem. I was diagnosed with pancreatitis and prescribed CREON, a drug
>derived from pig pancreas. Initially I refused either to take it or keep
>it...

A bigger problem occurs in using mouse tissues, pig tissues and other
genetic engineered organs (transplants and inserts) to grow back ears or
organ transplants from one species to another. The gentiles are using this
technology in the world of medicine today. (you can find info in the past
issues of Scientific American). I don't know where the line is drawn for
what is Pekuach Nefesh (life threatening situation)and what is Kelayim and
forbidden. (Two species together ie: Human & Mouses, Human and Baboon,
Human & Pig etc.) Only a Torah giant in consultation with specialist in the
field can answer this question.

Richard (Rachamim) Pauli