Dear CVS, Homeopathy Is Bunk, Stop Selling It!

The skeptical cardiologist has mentioned homeopathy previously in a  post entitled Functional Medicine Is Fake Medicine. but I hadn”t heretofore commented on how pervasive and useless it is.

Science-Based medicine’s Jann Bellamy has recently written about a lawsuit by the Center for Inquiry (CFI) which claims the pharmacy giant CVS is fraudulently deceiving consumers by selling worthless homeopathic redemies.

There is a unanimous scientific consensus that homeopathy is total hogwash. You can read excellent articles at science-based medicine detailing the crazy pseudo-scientific ideas underlying homeopathy here.

The CFI press release summarizes homeopathy as follows:

Homeopathy is an 18th-century pseudoscience premised on the absurd, unscientific notion that a substance that causes a particular symptom is what should be ingested to alleviate it. Dangerous substances are diluted to the point that no trace of the active ingredient remains, but its alleged effectiveness rests on the nonsensical claim that water molecules have “memories” of the original substance. Homeopathic treatments have no effect whatsoever beyond that of a placebo.

Yet, CVS and other large pharmacy chains continue to sell homeopathic rubbish.

I agree with CFI’s Nicholas Little:

If the people in charge of the country’s largest pharmacy don’t know that homeopathy is bunk, they should be kept as far away from the American healthcare system as possible

The lawsuit claims pharmacy chain giant CVS fraudulently deceives consumers in the sale of worthless homeopathic remedies and was filed in late June by the Center for Inquiry (CFI), acting on behalf of the general public. The suit seeks both damages and an injunction against CVS’s deceptive marketing practices in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, alleging violations of the District’s consumer protection act.

Come on CVS! Get this type of useless pseudo-scientific snake oil out of your stores and start helping your consumers make good choices.

Hogwashingly Yours

-ACP,

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