Pharmacare Laboratories is facing a new complaint about its Kids Smart homeopathic medicines amid concerns parents who use the products may delay seeking medical treatment.
The complaint – lodged by a group of oranisations including CHOICE to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) – alleges promotion of the Kids Smart products implies they are effective in ways that have not been established.
Complainants also claim that the promotion of homeopathic “Kids Smart Calm” for “restlessness, anxiety, irritability and agitation” is inappropriate and dangerous as these symptoms can signify potentially serious childhood infectious diseases such as bacterial meningitis that require medical attention.
The case illustrates long-standing and fundamental flaws in the regulation of homeopathic medicines in Australia. Homeopathic preparations more dilute than a one thousandfold dilution of a mother tincture are currently exempt from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).
This is a comprehensive piece outlining the hazard of nonsense medicine claims: People tend to read too much into their promotional claims and fail to realize they are unsubstantiated. This problem is not only in Australia but everywhere.
If your child is suffering from these symptoms, SOMETHING is wrong. Since homeopathy can not cure anything, this is a dangerous path to take. One that gives parents a false sense of doing the right thing.
Several skeptical groups were part of this complaint filed to authorities.