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Author Topic: Homeopathy. Finally, some sense!

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Homeopathy. Finally, some sense!
on: July 24, 2017, 09:44

This is a major move for England, where a large portion of the population believes homeopathy is effective. According to one study, 39% of British people support it despite the British Pharmacological Society saying “there is no condition for which homeopath is convincingly effective.”
As part of its new guidance, NHS England notes that homeopathy is “of low clinical effectiveness” while adding that it costs the health system £92,412 per year. They recommend advising all clinical commissioning groups that prescribers in primary care “should not initiate homeopathic items for any new patent” and to “support prescribers in deprescribing homeopathic items in all patients.”
Last year 1.1 billion prescription items were dispensed in primary care at a cost of £9.2 billion. This growing cost coupled with finite resources means it is important that the NHS achieves the greatest value from the money that it spends. We know that across England there is significant variation in what is being prescribed and to whom. Often patients are receiving medicines which have been proven to be ineffective or in some cases dangerous, and/or for which there are other more effective, safer and/or cheaper alternatives.
This report touches on a huge problem I have with homeopathy: it’s dangerous. Not directly, of course, but a patient who takes homeopathic medicine is likely avoiding real medical treatment, making the problem much worse. There’s a long list of people who have died because they didn’t take proper medicine, choosing homeopathic remedies instead.

Some claims that certain "clinical trials" are scientific are simply bogus. It is important to understand who is making a claim and their true motivation for it.

It may not be the case that the intention is to deceive. It appears to me that some people find superficially convincing "scientific evidence" of what they intuitively believe and are then reluctant to revisit the question objectively.

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