Canada: Doctors Urge Label Change for Nosodes

11th May 2015

TORONTO -- The Canadian Pediatric Society is urging Health Canada to tighten the rules on the labelling of homeopathic nosodes, which are sometimes referred to as "homeopathic vaccines"

Nosodes are taken by people who believe they can prevent illnesses, even though there are no good studies showing that they actually work.

Health Canada currently requires nosodes to be sold with labels stating that the products are not intended to be alternatives to vaccination.

But the pediatric society says the current wording isn't clear enough, especially given the rise of the anti-vaccine movement.

In a policy statement, the society says the labels should state that these products have not been proven to prevent infection and that Health Canada advises children who take nosodes should also receive all routine vaccinations.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/doctors-urge-label-change-for-nosodes-sometimes-called-homeopathic-vaccines-1.2367613

 

Homeopathy - A Mainstream Medicine in France

95% of MD/general practitioners and 75% of midwives in France prescribe homeopathic medicines! Homeopathy is NOT “alternative medicine;” it is a “regular medicine” to them!

Are skeptics really saying that 95% of French MDs are delusional?  Here is a very interesting study published on 28th April 2015.

Homeopathy in France in 2011-2012 according to reimbursements in the French national health insurance database (SNIIRAM).

Piolot M1, Fagot JP2, Rivière S1, Fagot-Campagna A1, Debeugny G1, Couzigou P3, Alla F4.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25921648

Background: The use of homeopathic medicine is poorly described and the frequency of combined allopathic and homeopathic prescriptions is unknown.

Objective: To analyse data on medicines, prescribers and patients for homeopathic prescriptions that are reimbursed by French national health insurance.

Methods: The French national health insurance databases (SNIIRAM) were used to analyse prescriptions of reimbursed homeopathic drugs or preparations in the overall French population, during the period July 2011-June 2012.

Results: A total of 6,705,420 patients received at least one reimbursement for a homeopathic preparation during the 12-month period, i.e. 10.2% of the overall population, with a predominance in females (68%) and a peak frequency observed in children aged 0-4 years (18%). About one third of patients had only one reimbursement, and one half of patients had three or more reimbursements. A total of 120,110 healthcare professionals (HCPs) prescribed at least one homeopathic drug or preparation. They represented 43.5% of the overall population of HCPs, nearly 95% of general practitioners, dermatologists and pediatricians, and 75% of midwives. Homeopathy accounted for 5% of the total number of drug units prescribed by HCPs. Allopathic medicines were coprescribed with 55% of homeopathic prescriptions.

Conclusion: Many HCPs occasionally prescribe reimbursed homeopathic preparations, representing however a small percentage of reimbursements compared to allopathic medicines. About 10% of the French population, particularly young children and women, received at least one homeopathic preparation during the year. In more than one half of cases, reimbursed homeopathic preparations are prescribed in combination with allopathic medicines.

http://www.homeobook.com/homoeopathy-a-mainstream-medicine-in-france/

 

Very good article from Prof. Ernst, (if you can bear to go on his site), where he is infuriated by the success of homeopathy in France and says adverts for homeopathic products are regularly shown on television!!

http://edzardernst.com/2015/05/homeopathy-in-france-a-triumph-of-profit-over-reason/

 

 

Will Homeopathy be the Next Victim of Big Pharma's Greed?

The Health Sciences Institute

5th May 2015

Homeopathy is the kind of medical treatment that gives Big Pharma executives nightmares.

It’s cheap and easy to find. It has a 200-year track record of delivering results without side effects.

And the doctors who swear by homeopathy? They’re not accepting steak dinners and cruises from drug reps.

Now, after years of homeopathy nipping at Big Pharma’s heels – and its margins – the drug companies and the FDA are getting ready to bite back.

The FDA could be about to unleash new regulations intentionally designed to take homeopathic cures right out of your hands. It’s an attack on your health care freedom – all meant to protect Big Pharma’s bottom line.

READ MORE

 

Legal Action Against NHS Homeopathy in UK

28 Apr 2015 — Dear Homeopathy Supporters,

A very worrying thing is happening that I need to alert you to. A skeptic organisation, 'The Good Thinking Society' is trying to get rid of all NHS homeopathy throughout Britain, starting with Liverpool. It has threatened the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) with legal action over its £30,000 per annum funding of homeopathy, and they appear to be bending to the pressure and have pledged to review it.

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-nhs-review-30k-homeopathy-9029387

Since the above article came out on 12th April, another even more serious one was published in the Daily Telegraph yesterday. The Good Thinking Society has written to at least 20 more CCGs around Britain calling for them to review their spending on homeopathy. Apparently North Somerset and South Gloucestershire pay around £200,000 a year on treatments for Bristol Homeopathic Hospital and the total UK annual spend for NHS homeopathy is around £3 million. Dr. Sarah Woollaston, Chair of the Commons Health Select Committee is backing this legal action! (David Tredinnick MP, long time homeopathy supporter, also on this Committee, has been informed).

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11566362/Homeopathy-on-the-NHS-to-be-reviewed.html

 

 

EU Orders Homeopathy for Organic Fish and Organic Farmers

The EU has brought in directives that order organic farmers and organic fisherman to use homeopathic medicine as the first line of treatment for their animals and fish.

Vets condemn EU rules which demand organic fish farms must treat any signs of illness using HOMEOPATHY

24th April 2015
  • Norwegian vets criticise EU regulations on treatment of organic fish 
  • First line of treatment for organic fish should be homeopathic remedy
  • Vets call directives 'scientifically illiterate', saying it delays real care
  • British vets say use of homeopathy could lead to serious health detriment

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3052105/Vets-condemn-EU-rules-demand-organic-fish-farms-treat-signs-illness-using-HOMEOPATHY.html

and

 

EU orders Britain's organic farmers to treat sick animals with homeopathy

British organic farmers must treat their animals with unscientific homeopathic remedies under new rules from Brussels

British organic farmers are being forced to treat their livestock with homeopathic remedies under new European Commission rules branded ‘scientifically illiterate’ by vets.

Although homeopathy has been branded as ‘rubbish’ by the government’s Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies, organic farmers have been told they must try it first under a new EU directive which came into force in January.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/agriculture/farming/11562234/EU-orders-Britains-organic-farmers-to-treat-sick-animals-with-homeopathy.html

Animal homeopathy

SIR – Homeopathy is used to treat a wide variety of costly farm animal conditions, such as infertility, mastitis and infectious disease (“EU forcing farmers to use animal homeopathy”).

There is clinical evidence that shows homeopathic treatments to be as effective as conventional drugs, but other trials show no benefit. This is why Defra and the EU allow the use of conventional drugs if homeopathy doesn’t work.

In practice, however, organic farmers on the Continent and in Britain find that homeopathy rarely fails when prescribed by a knowledgeable vet. These are hard-headed business people who wouldn’t pay for treatments that didn’t work.

Tony Edwards Lamberhurst, Kent

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/letters/11565585/Letters-A-likely-picture-of-Britain-after-five-years-of-a-Labour-government.html

 

 

FDA Update: Homeopathy Well-Represented at FDA Regulatory Hearings

Report from the National Center for Homeopathy (USA)

http://www.homeopathycenter.org/

April 22, 2015

FDA’s 2-day public hearing to gather information about the current use of products labeled as homeopathic concluded today. This hearing was not held to discuss the efficacy of homeopathic remedies, the ability of individuals to practice homeopathy, or to consider the removal of homeopathic remedies from the retail market. Rather it focused specifically on FDA regulations of and labeling requirements for OTC homeopathic products.

From the Meeting

A total of 45 people presented testimony over this 2-day period (you can see the full agenda here), and the overwhelming majority of these speakers were supporters of homeopathy and the existing FDA regulations for homeopathic remedies. More than 150 additional attendees filled the room and spilled into 2 overflow rooms, where the hearing webcast was broadcast as a live stream.

Two NCH board members were on-site during the entire 2-day hearing and NCH executive director, Alison Teitelbaum, presented testimony on Monday, April 20, 2015 regarding consumer access, choice, and attitudes about homeopathic products.

Hearing attendees also heard from representatives of the homeopathic manufacturing industry, homeopathic pharmacists, homeopathic and integrative medicine researchers, practicing homeopaths (including MDs, NDs, DOs, and CCHs), representatives of professional homeopathic and naturopathic organizations, and representatives of other consumer-facing organizations (including the Holistic Moms Network, and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association). The consistent message reinforced across these groups was that current FDA regulations of homeopathic remedies are sufficient and have served the public well for the last 25 years.

http://www.homeopathycenter.org/news/fda-update-homeopathy-well-represented-fda-regulatory-hearings

 

Alison Teitelbaum, executive director of our Stateside counterpart, theNational Center for Homeopathy (NCH)  testified yesterday--and provides us with this report.

"Approximately 20 people presented testimony today (the first day of the hearing) and the overwhelming majority were supporters of homeopathy and the existing FDA regulations for homeopathic remedies. We heard from representatives of the homeopathic manufacturing industry, homeopathic pharmacists, homeopathic and integrative medicine researchers, practicing homeopaths (including MDs, NDs, DOs, and CCHs), and representatives of consumer-facing organizations (including NCH, the Holistic Moms Network,  and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association). The consistent message across these groups was that current FDA regulations of homeopathic remedies are sufficient and have served the public well for the last 25 years.

"FDA panelists had the opportunity to ask follow-up or clarifying questions after each presentation and their questions indicated that they were listening carefully to the speakers' presentations and wanted to accurately understand the viewpoints and research that were presented in each."

One of yesterday's speakers was Jeannine Ritchot of Health Canada, basically explaining how homeopathic product regulation is done in this country.  Today's speakers include Dr. Peter Fisher, the Queen's homeopath.  He's scheduled to speak at 3:30 p.m. EDT today if you want to see him via the live cam.

 

 

 

Speakers at FDA Hearing Praise Success of Homeopathic Regulatory Framework

21st April 2015
 
SILVER SPRING, Md., April 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists (AAHP) today told the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that the agency's regulatory policy for homeopathic medicines has worked effectively for the last 25 years to protect the public health and provide consumer access to safe homeopathic medicines. AAHP, the industry's trade association, was joined by other industry leaders, practitioners and consumers of homeopathic medicines to engage in productive discussions with the regulator of homeopathic medicines.
 
 
FDA Panel Gets Earful on Homeopathy