June 19, 2013
British Homeopaths May Be Forced to Prescribe Candy Instead of Medicine
Posted on Aug 3, 2012
Desperate to preserve business in the face of the British government’s order to bar most of their products from pharmaceutical shelves, homeopathic drug manufacturers have offered to rebrand their goods as candy.
After the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency received complaints that the drugs were not licensed and therefore illegal, the government was obliged to enforce a law forbidding the sale of such medicines.
“If regulation was applied to homeopathic medicines as understood in the context of conventional pharmaceutical medicines,” the government previously stated, “these products would have to be withdrawn from the market as medicines.”
The companies petitioned their customers to lobby members of Parliament, in effect asking politicians to openly break the law. One company called Helios is scrambling to license its remedies.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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