Boycott of Danish products spreads in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Gazette – 11 May, 2008
The campaign to boycott Danish products took a remarkable turn on Saturday
when some leading healthcare providers in Saudi Arabia and other GCC
countries decided to avoid the use of prescription drugs imported from
These healthcare providers said they would boycott all medicines imported
from Denmark recently, and according to officials of a number of hospitals
and pharmacies, the call has been spreading faster and louder.
“To make the campaign more effective in order to have a daunting effect on
Denmark’s economy, we dispatched a letter to the Saudi Minister of Health,
urging him to officially impose a ban on imports of Danish medicines,” said
one official from a leading healthcare provider in Riyadh, who insisted on
Other officials participating in the campaign, who spoke also on condition
of anonymity, said the call not to use prescription medicines from Denmark
would put even more pressure on that country’s economy than the public’s
boycott of foods, which started a few months ago.
Muslims were enraged over the publication of blasphemous cartoons of Prophet
Muhammad (peace be upon him) first by a Danish newspaper. Around a dozen
newspapers and magazines in European Countries later reprinted the cartoons.
Muslims have launched the campaign against Danish products, which were
basically foods. Upon public demand, most supermarkets took Danish products
off their shelves or stopped importing them from Denmark altogether.
The boycott on Danish foods was running up the losses of involved businesses
into the millions. Now the healthcare sector has delivered yet another blow
by launching the campaign, asking doctors, pharmacists and managements of
all leading hospitals in the Kingdom and across the Muslim world and through
e-mails not to use Danish medication.
“Please, pass on this e-mail to everyone and to protect our money,” said one
e-mail message currently in circulation.
“As a leading healthcare group, we will stand up as one to boycott the
Danish products, including the medicines,” said another message.
The call to boycott Danish medicine is being sent to all pharmacists,
private hospitals and doctors to avoid prescribing those brand names that
originate from Denmark.
Also, a list of medicines is being circulated to all private hospitals
urging them to stop the purchase of medicines from Denmark. (Penicillin? Insulin? Cancer treatments? This is just stupid, and shows the ego and issues of “honor” while putting your population at risk.) As the boycott
has not yet reached the government level, the campaign runners said they are
To make it more effective, they adopted a somewhat systematic approach by
advising the purchase departments in respective hospitals and pharmaceutical
companies to follow certain steps to reach even common people.
“We are not against anybody,” said one pharmaceutical manager, referring to
the blasphemy, “but we also could not sit idle. We will respond if our
sentiments are hurt.” (all about “honor” forget about the benefits of the medications to heal the sick. This is the culture, and this is the problem with Shariah Law. They can ban technology and medicine from Israel, from the USA, and bottom line, while affecting the economy, they put their own civilians into danger. This is the goal of the Caliphate, to dominate, without concern for the “collateral damage.( comments by Allyson Rowen Taylor)
He said his office has dispatched a letter to Health Minister Hamad Al-Mane’,
which also included a list of Danish medicines and proposed their ban.
“We are still waiting for a reply from the Minister’s Office,” said the
“I have done my job ya Rasoul Allah…let us see others also do the same,”
one wrote in an e-mail message showing reverence and obedience to Prophet
The list of Danish medicine was obtained from a pharmaceutical company in
“During our last visit to Sana’a, we raised the issue of Danish medicines.
Consequently, you asked me to send a list of these medications. Please find
this list as attachment,” said one e-mail.
The list of Danish medicines included: Actrapid Penfill, Addi-k, Atryn,
Betolvex (amp), bio-biloba (capsule), Bio-carotene cap, Bio-garlic cap,
Bio-marine cap, Burinex, Calcipen, Cipralex, Cipram, Clopixol, Colimex,
Daivonex, (crème and ointment), Dovenex, Elyzol (tablet), Elyzol syrup,
Fluanxol, Fucibet, Fucicort creme, Fucidin (crème and ointment), Fucithalmic
eye drops, Fucithalmic eye gel, Immohep insulitard, Low Centyl, Mixtard
insulin, Novo mix, Novo norm, Novolent, Movomix Flexpen, Novo-pen, Novorapid
Flexpen, One Alpha, Perlutex, Pondocillin, Protamine So4, Psorimed, Saroten,
The health officials said these medications are available in the Saudi
market, but those who want to boycott the products out of respect to Prophet
Muhammad (pbuh) could find similar products under various other brand names,
which have similar efficacy made in other countries, such as Saudi Arabia,
Syria, Egypt, Jordan and India.