Pharmacy Code of Ethics Ignored When it Comes to Homeopathy

The headline is misleading: the code in question is the Code of the New Zealand Pharmacy Council, so it’s a code for pharmacists and pharmacy employees. But still, it’s a good example of the difficulty faced in getting people in sales positions to be honest and candid about the evidence base for the health products they are selling.

Homeopathic code of ethics ignored (by Farah Hancock for Newsroom)

Pharmacies are ignoring a new code of ethics which requires them to inform customers if a product has no evidence of efficacy.

Four Auckland pharmacies visited by Newsroom were asked if a homeopathic product would work. In three cases a staff member said the product would work. The fourth pharmacy said there was no evidence “yet” the product would work…

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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