Pharmacies in NZ Breaking the Rules on Homeopathy

It’s easy to adhere to principles like “put the patient first,” until there’s money on the line. I take the issue of homeopathy to be an opportunity for the pharmacy profession to define itself. Are you salespeople first, or health professionals first?

Pharmacies flout homeopathy rule (by Farah Hancock, for Newsroom)

Eighteen months after it was introduced, pharmacies continue to ignore a code of ethics that requires them to inform customers if a product has no evidence of efficacy.

One of the guidelines from the code of ethics references states: “Pharmacists must advise patients when scientific support for treatment is lacking.”

Newsroom visited eight Auckland pharmacies last week to enquire about a homeopathic product for sale. These included Life Pharmacy, Unichem and Chemist Warehouse stores as well as independently-owned pharmacies.

Pharmacy staff were asked what they knew about a homeopathic product on their shelves and if it worked.

All failed to share information about the lack of scientific evidence showing the product works….

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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