Pharmacies Selling Homeopathic Remedies
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 5 June 2011, Question 4
I answered a question on pharmacies selling homeopathic remedies on Philosophy in Action Radio on 5 June 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Should pharmacies sell homeopathic remedies next to real medicines? For example, Cobroxin with Asian Cobra Venom 4x HPUS is sometimes sold next to acetaminophen (or Tylenol). Calms Forte's non-drowsy sleeping pills are often displayed next to diphenhydramine (the generic for Benadryl or Tylenol p.m.). James Randi, a magician in his 80's, took 30 of these sleeping pills with no effect. Basically, these homeopathic alternatives are nothing more than expensive water. So is it wrong for pharmacies to sell them as if they were effective medicine?
My Answer, In Brief: Homeopathy is pure pseudo-science, and pharmacies ought not sell it at all. But if they do, the posted warnings ought to be very, very clear about what's not being bought, namely medicine.
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- What Is Homeopathy? by the National Center for Homeopathy
- Randi's Challenge to Homeopathy Manufacturers and Retail Pharmacies by the James Randi Educational Foundation
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