Homeopathic products condemed by the RPS

09th November 2010 - Fine Cut

Homeopathic products are 'clearly not' medicines and should have warning labels stating that there is 'no scientific evidence for homeopathy,' the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has said.

In their response to a draft guidance on the advertising of homeopathic medicines which was recently published by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the society expressed their concerns that the public do not understand the principles on which homeopathy is based. They said they believed there was 'general confusion' about the difference between homeopathic and herbal products.

Current rules state that products are allowed to carry claims based on the traditional homeopathic use of the product, but according to the RPS the labelling of all homeopathic products should make it 'very clear' whether or not the product's efficacy had actually been tried and tested.

Jayne Lawrence, chief scientific adviser at the RPS told Pulse Today: "Given the lack of clinical and scientific evidence to support homeopathy, the RPSGB does not endorse homeopathy as a form of treatment."

"The society strongly believes that any advertising for any homeopathic product, regardless of its licensing status, needs to include the statements that there is no scientific evidence for homeopathy nor any evidence to support the clinical efficiency of homeopathic products beyond a placebo effect," she added.

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