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Letters Homoeopathic product licence

MHRA label seems to be illegal

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 10 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2333

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Homeopathy is effective and saves money for the NHS Research Published by my Practice

I would like to reasure colleagues' fears that Homeopathy drains the
NHS financially. In my practice of 3500 patients I demonstrated a reduction
of £113,000 out of a prescribing budget of £530,000 a saving to the NHS of
21% in just one year.

In my 2-doctor practice (with personal lists) the non-Homeopathic
doctor retired and I took over the prescribing for the whole practice in
the following year achieving the 21% saving by prescribing Homeopathic
Remedies in an Integrated Holistic approach.

This significant and considerable saving to the NHS therefore funds
the Homeopathic hospitals as several hundred of my GP/Homeopath Colleagues
practice Integrated/Holistic care.

Experience from my practice needs further Audit/Research to confirm
these significant findings. In addition the expertise of colleagues in
Medical Research such as David Colquhoun with experts in Homeopathy and
other Holistic therapies in Medical Research should be welcomed in their
contribution to this debate.
It is now time to invite doctors and Medical Reseachers from both
Conventional and Complementary Medicine to pool experience and plan the
Research needed to settle the debate in a scientific manner.

I have no doubt whatsoever that the benefits of Homeopathy will be
demonstrated , if only we invested the patience and time to pool resources
and expertise together

My practice website contains details of the
prescribing audit in our book 'Integrating Complementary and Conventional
Medicine' Myra Coyle-Demetriou & Andrew Demetriou foreword by Michael
Dixon. All royalties from the book are being donated to an Orphanage in
Uganda-therefore I declare there are no competing interests.

Dr Andrew Demetriou MBChB DRCOG DCH MRCGP MFHom

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

20 June 2009
Andrew Demetriou
GP/Homeopathic Physician
Huntley Mount Medical Centre BL9 6JA