I’ve been calling on pharmacies to stop selling homeopathy since my very first post, almost (gulp) four years ago. Despite looking like medication, homeopathy is an “alternative” medicine system invented in the 1800′s which rejects established facts about biochemistry, physics, and pharmacology. If homeopathy works, then the rest of medicine we rely on could not work. To be perfectly clear, there is no serious scientific debate about homeopathy. It is inert. Yet pharmacies sell it side-by-side with other medicine, and are routinely ridiculed for it.
Finally, I’ve found one pharmacy in the world that publicly states that it won’t sell homeopathy. Farmacia Rialto in Madrid, Spain. Here’s their message to patients:
ABOUT HOMEOPATHY AND OTHER NON SCIENTIFICAL THERAPIES
This quality of service prevents us from recommending the therapeutical use of pseudomedicines like homeopathy, flowers of Bach, oligotherapy and all those which have not proven scientifically their efficacy regarding the treatment, prevention and diagnosis of diseases.
About these therapies and as medicine specialists, we would like to explain you that:
- Homeopathy is not a therapy with scientific studies endorsing the results in the treatment and prevention of diseases in adults, kids or animals.
- The content of the homeopathic remedies consists almost completely of water and sugar, with no active component.
- If you have any important disease or any disease you are trying to cure, you will not get any improvement with these treatments. Ask a doctor practicing scientifical medicine.
- Almost no homeopathic remedy has an official sanitary license that permits its trade as any other medicament has. Therefore, the sale of most homeopathic remedies is illegal.
Because of these and many other reasons, Farmacia Rialto does not recommend you to use this kind of false therapies.
We can give you more detailed information for you to learn more and to solve your doubts about these therapies.
You can read more about it in the following links:
I’ve argued before it’s unethical for pharmacies to sell homeopathy. Yet pharmacy regulators don’t seem to understand the issue. I’m not aware of a single regulator that’s made a statement about selling it. So it’s heartening to see some pharmacists put patients before profit.
Kudos to the pharmacists and staff of Farmacia Rialto.
Know any other pharmacies with a policy like this? Let me know in the comments.
(H/T Avant Garde blog)