The Russian Academy of Sciences has become the latest organization to take on homeopathic medicine, deeming the practice a pseudoscience that does not work. A memorandum issued by the group this month recommended that Russia’s regulatory authorities take steps to regulate homeopathic products and “protect citizens from misleading advertising.”
Homeopathy has also been under scrutiny in this country. In September, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers not to use homeopathic remedies to treat teething pain in infants and children, after such products were tied to 10 infant deaths and hundreds of other adverse events. The FDA’s warning prompted a number of retailers to remove homeopathic teething medications from their store shelves.
Raritan Pharmaceuticals announced a teething tablets recall in November after its homeopathic remedies were found to contain inconsistent levels of belladonna. Also known as deadly nightshade, belladonna is used in some homeopathic drugs for its sedative affects. However, belladonna can have a toxic effect if too much is ingested. Just last month, the FDA announced that it had confirmed inconsistent amounts of belladonna in Hyland’s Teething Tablets. While the agency has asked the Standard Homeopathic Company to conduct a recall of the Hyland’s products, it has not agreed to do so.
According to RXInjuryHelp.com, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an Enforcement Policy Statement in November requiring homeopathic drug manufacturers to provide the Commission with evidence for their claims. Otherwise, labels for homeopathic remedies must state that claims are not back by science and are based on a theory from the 1700s that is not accepted by modern medicine.
In its February 7th memorandum, the Commission on Pseudoscience and Research Fraud at the Russian Academy of Sciences General Committee declared that “the theoretical principles of homeopathy have no scientific significance, and homeopathic diagnostics techniques and treatment are pseudoscientific and do not work.” The academy also warned that homeopathy is not safe, and causes patients to disregard treatments that have already been proven effective.
The memorandum further asserts that homeopathy has no place in the Russian healthcare system, and called on the country’s ministry of health to require that the labeling for homeopathic products state that the practice is not proven to work.
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