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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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Sorry, but magic is outwith the rules

I'm grateful to Dr Leckridge for reinforcing my points so eloquently.

The labelling regulations, unfortunately for him, depend on chemical analysis of the product. They do not allow for his invocation of black magic, even when the magic is disguised with expressions like "30C".

And the time is long gone when you can get away with simply asserting that it provides "symptomatic relief". That sounds like the attitude of an 18th century physician claiming, ex cathedra, the virtues of blood letting. These days you have to provide evidence. That evidence is missing.

It seems to me that it is time that the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital went the same way as the Tunbridge Wells homeopathic hospital. If it were closed, the money could be spent on real medicine. That could do nothing but good for the reputation of Scottish medicine.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

19 June 2009
David Colquhoun
Research professor