One Australian expert has ripped into homeopathy, demanding that all pharmacies stop stocking products that identify thusly. However, it seems to be a question of retail over medicine.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia National President has written an open letter to all Australian pharmacy groups to ban the selling, promotion and recommendations of homeopathy.
Homeopathy has been a mainstay since 1796, a pseudoscience masquerading as a scientific method. Ostensibly, the entirety of the system operates on the belief that substances that cause sickness in healthy people will cure similar symptoms in the ill. Early on, the creator of the homepathy, Dr Samuel Hanhemann, believed that all effective drugs produce symptoms in healthy people similar to those of the diseases they treat.
It seems to make sense if you don’t think about it, but it is absolute nonsense – science has spent the last two centuries disproving it. In fact, The Lancet, Springer and BMJ scientific journals have found that homeopathy is the scaliest of snake oil. The World Health Organisation offered a flat ‘nah’, and the US Food and Drug Administration followed suit.
It’s peer-reviewed bull-plop.
Despite this, pharmacies have continued to offer homeopathic remedies in their catalogues, specials, social media posts and et cetera. Quartz has crunched the numbers and believes it is a $3 billion industry in the United States alone.
The aforesaid letter reminds clinicians and consumers that homeopathic arts are not only useless in the treatment of illness and pain, but they also often lead to further harm. “Many consumers are not aware that there is no reliable evidence to support the use of homeopathic products to treat or prevent ailments…there may be a public perception that these products have health benefits, placing their health at risk if they choose homeopathic products and reject or delay treatments for which there is good evidence for safety and effectiveness.”
He insists that the removal of homeopathic products is an extension of the care that pharmacies are supposed to provide.
“I look forward to community pharmacy groups committing to ensure patients receive robust health advice and are not misled into believing homeopathic products have any evidence of benefit.”
We’re left with a simple pivot point. Pharmacies must stop selling products that have no reputable health benefits, despite the fact that it sells.