Britain’s leading pharmacists’ organisation is being urged to crack down on high street chemists that sell homeopathic remedies, amid accusations that they are in breach of their own ethical guidelines.
In an open letter to the society, Edzard Ernst, the country’s only professor of complementary medicine, criticises high street pharmacists for selling homeopathic remedies without informing customers that they contain no biologically active agents and are no more effective than sugar pills.
The ethical code states that pharmacists who sell homeopathic remedies, herbal medicines or other complementary therapies, “must assist patients in making informed decisions” by providing them with “necessary and relevant information”.
“My plea is simply for honesty. Let people buy what they want, but tell them the truth about what they are buying. These treatments are biologically implausible and the clinical tests have shown they don’t do anything at all in human beings.
“There may be a place, where the patient demands it, for harmless faith-based therapies. Whether that place is in a pharmacy is what the profession must address.”
I gotta say, I have always found it incomprehensible that these quack remedies occupy shelves in pharmacies. How can a trained health professional sell this drek and sleep at night?
In a statement, a Boots spokesperson said: “Homeopathy is recognised by the NHS
Which says far more about the NHS and how much influence that blithering idiot Cherie Blair had on government policy than it does on the efficacy of distilled water in solving medical problems.
Did I ever mention that I once, for a short time, had a girlfriend who had a ‘degree’ in homoeopathy? For our entire association, if I wanted continued access to her physical affections I had to keep my tongue firmly bitten.