Homeopathy STILL doesn’t work – The Sequel. Sense a pattern?

Royal Australian College of GPs also says pharmacists must stop stocking such products because there is no evidence they are effective in any way

Source: Australian doctors told not to prescribe homeopathic items as ‘they do nothing’.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has formally recommended GPs stop prescribing homeopathic remedies and says pharmacists must also stop stocking such products because there is no evidence they are effective in any way.

The RACGP’s position statement on homeopathy, released on Wednesday, follows recent findings by the National Health and Medical Research Council that homeopathy produces no health benefits over and above a placebo.

We covered the earlier story of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council statement. This statement adds to the support to eliminate homeopathy as a recommended treatment. It’s still up to individual pharmacies to stop selling homeopathic remedies. There will be no regulations to have homeopathic products taken off the market.

The US FDA is still accepting comments on homeopathic product regulations in the U.S. until June 22. Submit your comments TODAY. Be very specific on what you request. The homeopathic company Boiron is asking their customers to complete a survey to be submitted to the US FDA in support of their treatments. Make sure to remind the FDA that anecdotes don’t trump clinical studies.

And, in the UK, the Good Thinking Society is still campaigning to end NHS funding for homeopathic remedies.

Don’t miss this video about owl remedies. It’s classic absurdity.

  9 comments for “Homeopathy STILL doesn’t work – The Sequel. Sense a pattern?

  1. Lauren
    June 4, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    FYI, Boiron shared via email a survey that is being conducted by National Center for Homeopathy. Boiron is not sharing the survey results with the FDA or encouraging any particular type of commenting, nor did Boiron create the survey. The non-profit organization National Center for Homeopathy created and is compiling the survey results.

    I also value accuracy, inquiry, and precision of methodology. As you claim to be one who doubts and values facts and research, I thought you might want to correct the statement in your article.

  2. June 4, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Here in New Zealand, we heard the chair of the New Zealand Medical Association Dr Stephen Child interviewed about this on national radio yesterday morning: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201756989/doctors-told-to-stop-prescribing-homeopathic-products

    It’s always great to hear organisations like these speaking about homeopathy in this way. The interview started off very strong, with Dr Child agreeing that homeopathy is “rubbish”, then went on to discuss why it’s unethical to sell homeopathic products and services.

  3. June 4, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    It seems clear to me they are soliciting comments. Here is the text of the email:

    Now is your chance to let the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) know how you feel about homeopathy and about your experiences with over-the-counter homeopathic medicines!

    Boiron is proudly helping the National Center for Homeopathy gather important information that the association will present to the FDA.
    {National Center for Homeopathy Logo}
    Take 5 minutes to voice your opinion, but hurry. This anonymous online survey will close on Sunday, June 14 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

    The 11 easy-to-answer questions with drop-down choices and multiple choices will help us accurately tell the FDA how satisfied U.S. consumers are with homeopathic medicines. Help us reach statistically significant numbers. We encourage you to share the survey with friends, family, customers and patients through your own e-blast, Facebook page, and other means. Your opinion matters.

    I fixed “they will submit” to “to be submitted”. Hardly matters when the point is they are stuffing the FDA with anecdotes.

  4. Dubious f
    June 4, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    The problem with ever increasing population and healthcare costs, governments are willing to “listen” to quack lobbies to reduce their costs. If in a country ( theoretically ), more than 50 % of the population adheres to a new age cure, it’s to their advantage to make it available. Wait until water itself, ingredient number one in homeopathy, and by far, becomes scarce and expensive in the near future…. The problem with this “medicine” is that believers don’t have a clue of what it does or how it is made. I always pity the uninformed, misguided, poor sicks (patients and believers)

  5. Bill T.
    June 6, 2015 at 2:20 AM

    it is also a cheap way for legislators to give the illusion of being responsive to their constituency.

  6. RandyRandy
    June 6, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Absolutely. This makes it far too easy for government bureaucrats to say, in effect, “Yes, we cut your health benefits and public safety budgets. But look – we approved homeopathy, accupuncture and Reiki therapy for you!” So they can say they “helped” their constituents, by doing nothing but creating loopholes for expensive diversions from proven health care solutions.

  7. BobM
    June 7, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Pharmacists in NZ make a LOT of money from homeopathy. Can’t see ’em giving it up voluntarily.

  8. Dai
    July 10, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    Homeopathy WORKS!
    I had severe dehydration and drunk a homeopathy 30c solution. And lo and behold…….. nothing. So i drunk several more (amounting to about 3 pints in all) and……. I was cured. It worked. I couldn’t believe it. Proof at last for all the nay sayers.

  9. Dai
    July 10, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    The plural of anecdote is data?????? I need to learn English better.

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