A homeopathic pharmacy endorsed by Prince Charles and the Queen has been told to stop advertising sugar pills labelled as childhood vaccines.
The government’s medicines regulator stepped in after an investigation by BBC Inside Out South West.
It found a number of homeopathic products on sale at specialist retailer Ainsworths labelled as vaccines or bearing the name of a childhood illness.
Among the products found on offer were vials of pills labelled Meningitis Vac Hib, Measles Vaccine, Rubella Vaccine, Pertussin and Pertussis Vaccine. Pertussis is the scientific name for whooping cough.
The MHRA has now told Ainsworths to stop advertising a number of products. It has also taken action against another homeopathic pharmacy, Helios, and sent a warning letter to a Jersey-based firm Homeoforce. Both were selling similar products.
The article sort of describes homeopathy and notes it is “highly unlikely” to contain a single molecule of active ingredient. What they left out is that it is impossible that it works. Water doesn’t have “memory” and we gave up on trying to use “magic” in medicine long ago.
There is little in medicine that is MORE unscientific than homeopathy. This is good news that a stand is being taken against such an egregious product as homeopathic vaccines.
Adam Finn, professor of paediatrics at the University of Bristol Medical School, said: “The use of the word vaccine is fundamentally misleading. Not only doctors but also parents understand something quite clear when they use the word vaccine. People are being misled in a way that is absolutely unacceptable.”
And, some backpedaling by the advocates occurred.