New Rules for Homeopathy in USA

Check this out, from Stuff.co.nz:

Homeopathic remedy creators may need to tell their customers about the lack of proof around their product’s effectiveness, US authorities have ruled.

The move, by the Federal Trade Commission, means producers will need to provide ‘proof’ that their products work to avoid having to use the disclaimer.

It comes in light of a range of studies into homeopathy around the globe that have found homeopathic remedies were no better than placebos….

The source is this new statement from the US Federal Trade Commission: Enforcement Policy Statement on Marketing Claims for OTC Homeopathic Drugs [PDF]

The policy statement notes, in part:

For the vast majority of OTC homeopathic drugs, the case for efficacy is based solely on traditional homeopathic theories and there are no valid studies using current scientific methods showing the product’s efficacy. Accordingly, marketing claims that such homeopathic products have a therapeutic effect lack a reasonable basis and are likely misleading in violation of Sections 5 and 12 of the FTC Act…

About Chris MacDonald

I'm a philosopher who teaches at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto, Canada. Most of my scholarly research is on business ethics and healthcare ethics.

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