Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland Denounces Homeopathy

Following an announcement from the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, we at the Merseyside Skeptics Society ‘10:23 Campaign‘ would like to offer our full and unequivocal support to the new draft guidelines, which would require pharmacies to explicitly inform patients that homeopathic products simply do not work.

In the light of this proposal, we urge the the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain to follow suit and issue similar guidelines for its members.

We maintain the belief that ineffective treatments should not be offered for sale in pharmacies, nor should patients be burdened with the responsibility of checking the medical literature for data supporting the claims of efficacy made for products found on pharmacy shelves. Until pharmacies realise that they must prioritise patient care over profit by providing only scientifically proven treatments, it is up to individual pharmacists to ensure that patients are given the information they need about homeopathy at the point of sale.

We feel this stance from the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, in addition to the publication of Science and Technology Select Committee Evidence Check on homeopathy in February of this year, fully supports our campaign to have these ineffective treatments removed from the shelves of legitimate pharmacies across the UK, as well as having taxpayer funding for these unproven treatments on the NHS revoked.

The new guidelines published by the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland will help ensure that patients in Northern Ireland are not misled about the effectiveness of homeopathic treatments.

We call upon the responsible pharmacists of the rest of the UK, as well as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, to follow suit – it’s time for this ineffective and wasteful treatment to be put to bed.


  1. #1 by Marc Newbury on April 23, 2010 - 21:36

    I heartily agree. But in terms of saving money, I would also ask pharmacists to remind people that ALL paracetamol products are the same and to recommend cheap generics wherever possible. Whether 35p or £3.50, it’s the same stuff and will do the same job. And that goes for countless other pharmaceuticals too, of course.

  2. #2 by Steve on April 24, 2010 - 07:43

    Right with you guys.
    Science does not require your belief for it to work, it’ll cure you anyway.
    However, it has been shown that higher priced medication carries a higher placebo effect in addition to its action than lower priced equivalents. Ah well, such is life.
    I’ll stick with the generics ’cause I’m frugal.
    Keep up the good work in the UK. Eventually I hope the whole world turns on the shaman and the charlatans. A wise man once told me “The World Is Not A Rational Place” (twinarp). Sadly it would apper to be true. There are people out there who will believe things other than the truth.

  3. #3 by Michael Gray on April 27, 2010 - 10:21

    Next you skeptics will be claiming that Reiki is no more thand vague “hand waving”.

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