[Junk Sciences] The Fair Trade Commission clamps on OTC homeopathic products

Winter is coming, thanksgiving is one week away and of course comes the classical cold/fever/pain reliever triad. If you use to shop on OTC products, you often cross on homeopathic products. Not only these products are basically useless, but these products use packaging tactics making you believe that they are as efficient as conventional OTC.
Of course, you realize that you picked the wrong bottle as your condition does not improve even after swallowing the whole bottle. Because they are not designed as drugs, homeopathy gets a free-ride by escaping the FDA regulations unless serious and fatal effects are reported following their use (see the teething gel story that I posted few weeks ago).
Because homeopathic products efficacy have not been backed by science, they avoided to put themselves in hot water by providing a statement like this one: “the case for efficacy is based solely on traditional homeopathic theories and there are no valid studies using current scientific methods showing the product’s efficacy“.
In other words, it works only if you believe in it enough. It has the same validity to say that unicorns exist only if you believe in them. There are no scientific proof that unicorns exist but if you believe enough in it, you can see unicorns.
The Fair Trade Commission decided such statement as deceptive and ordered any OTC homeopathic produces to harbor the following statement:
1) there is no scientific evidence that the product works; and 2) the product’s claims are based only on theories of homeopathy from the 1700s that are not accepted by most modern medical experts.”.
Although such statement will not stop the sell of homeopathic products, it sets the fact straight. There is no scientific evidence that it will work, such treatment is simply outdated and not recognized as medicine.

Source: FTC Issues Enforcement Policy Statement Regarding Marketing Claims for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Drugs | Federal Trade Commission


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