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Pharmacists and homeopathy
I would like to comment on the article,
‘Pharmacists and homeopathy’ by Yelitte
Ho in the July edition (page 24) of
I feel, that the author acknowledges that
evidence for homeopathic effect is scarce
or even non-existent, but then goes on
to talk about choice and professional
discretion and a fairly convoluted
argument in comparing pharmacists
stocking homeopathic products (I refuse
to call them medicines) with cosmetics and
perfumes. Have I missed something here?
As correctly pointed out, the National
Health and Medical Research Council
concluded that there was no reliable
evidence that such products could
treat health conditions in humans.
Further, the British government in 2012
decided to stop funding university
health oriented courses that were
not evidence-based. These included
homeopathy and chiropractic amongst
many other complementary medicine
courses. There has been similar lobbying
of governments and University Vice
Chancellors in Australia by the Friends
of Science in Medicine and the Skeptics
Society of Australia to do a similar
The two examples above do not serve
the public and in fact they may be
dangerous in that the treatments
offered have no benefits beyond the
placebo and may indeed be harmful
in that appropriate evidenced-based
treatment is delayed or not utilised.
In the case of homeopathy, it is not what
homeopathy does, but what it doesn’t do.
In the light of overwhelming evidence of
the lack of efficacy of homeopathy, I believe
that it is actually unethical (see PSA Code
of Ethics for Pharmacists, 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8) for
pharmacists to stock these substances.
I do not think that quoting financial
hardship of pharmacies justifies the
selling of products that we all know
(or should know) are ineffectual.
Associate Professor Louis Roller
Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Monash University, Victoria
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Once or twice
Just a comment regarding the medication
list of a patient seen for an HMR in this
month’s (July 2014, page 6) letters page.
This patient was listed as using Xalatan
(latanoprost) eye drops twice daily.
As all pharmacists would be aware
this eye-drop used for glaucoma is
recommended to be used once daily.
An interesting finding with this eye-drop
is that not only is twice daily use of no
added benefit but it may cause this drop
to be less effective.
Please see: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
pubmed/9663846 for further information
on this interesting phenomenon.
Leanne West MPS BPharm AACPA
at PAC14. His presentation, Ferocious:
A steadfast refusal to become a slave to
circumstances, is a call to action for the
pharmacy profession which will help
pharmacists meet the challenges they
face in the immediate future.
Associate Professor Geoff Sussman OAM
is well known to Australian pharmacists
for his pioneering work in wound
management and interactive, hands-
on training sessions. At PAC14 he will
provide a clinical snapshot of the latest
in wound care and no doubt will have
many samples of the latest dressings on
hand. His talk will be given in the wider
context of developing an action plan to
implement wound care as a professional
service in the pharmacy.
PAC14 is being held in Canberra from
10–12 October at the National Convention
Centre. Australian Pharmacist is proud to
be official journal for the PSA and PAC14.
Three reasons to be at PAC
The Pharmacy Australia Congress
organisers have unveiled three excellent
reasons to be at PAC14 in Canberra.
They are Dr Sam Prince, Michael
Henderson and Professor Geoff Sussman.
Dr Sam Prince is the founder and Director of
the Zambrero and Mejico restaurants, and
will deliver the annual Alan Russell Oration.
He will speak about his success as the
founder and Director of Zambrero and
Mejico restaurants, and how this has
enabled him to invest in significant
philanthropic endeavours. In particular,
Dr Prince established the not-for-profit
One Disease at a Time, which aims
to systematically focus on significant
diseases affecting Australians today, with
the aim of improving the basic standard
of health for all Australians.
Corporate anthropologist Michael
Henderson will be a keynote speaker
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