Various factors affect the way people receive medication. Some of the common factors that determine the whether patients will seek remedy or not include poverty, distance, and language. However, there is also something else that may cause a barrier in many patients when it comes to seeking for medications. So many of the available medicines contain some ingredients derived from either pork or beef which are some of the products whose consumption is prohibited by some religious beliefs. That may, therefore, cause a barrier to the patients and prevent them from seeking medications.
Some religions will not allow their faithful to use any medication related to blood. That will mean that those who may need urgent blood transfusion will not receive that because their religion does not accept the use of any blood products into their body. Some of the beliefs could even result in the death of the patient, but the believers may not be willing to change what they believe. That means various impacts can be caused by the patients depending on the severity of the situation.
Many medications contain at least one of the prohibited products by one religion or another. Many of the patients will decline from taking certain drugs as long as they are aware that it contains a product that is prohibited by their religion. Although many of the patients may not know the composition of the medicine that they are given in various health facilities, whenever they get to know most of them decline to take the medication. Some of the religious barriers may have more effect than either the poverty, distance or language barriers that make them not to access education. Some of them will never take anything as long as they know it is against their belief.
Most of the manufacturers of the medicines do not think about religion when they are manufacturing. What most of them will think about are other effects of allergies. Even those who administer the medication will not ask about the religious belief but will remember to ask whether the patient suffers from any allergies. It will be very prudent if those who are concerned with manufacturing or the governing authorities to consider religion when they are manufacturing and licensing the various medinas. It is also important to think of a region that has a larger population that upholds particular religious beliefs. That may end up saving lives.