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Government says public backs homoeopathy despite lack of evidence

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 02 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5234
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    The government and its drug regulatory agency have admitted that no hard evidence exists that homoeopathic treatments work but say that public belief in them means they can continue to be recommended by doctors.

    MPs on the parliamentary science and technology committee heard frank admissions from the Department of Health on 30 November as part of its inquiry into evidence to back the government’s policy on homoeopathy (BMJ 2009;339:b5080, doi:10.1136/bmj.b5080).

    The committee’s chairman, Phil Willis, the Liberal Democrat MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, asked whether the government had any credible evidence that homoeopathy worked beyond a placebo effect.

    The health minister Mike O’Brien said, …

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