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Letters Advice on homoeopathic products

What about the evidence base for homoeopathy?

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 18 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6689
  1. Peter A Fisher, consultant physician1
  1. 1Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, London WC1N 3HR, UK
  1. peter.fisher{at}

Bewley and colleagues attack the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency for advertising for new members for its Advisory Board on Registration of Homeopathic Products and imply that anyone who practises or researches homoeopathy is a quack or pseudoscientist.1 This is based on their unreferenced claim: “Homeopathy has definitively and repeatedly been proved to work no better than placebo or nocebo.”1

This claim is not based on evidence. On the contrary, evidence from meta-analyses and systematic reviews consistently shows that homoeopathy is effective in …

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