homeopathic products

Homeopathic products can be found in the aisles of almost every pharmacy. However, this past year, one group of these products - homeopathic teething remedies for babies - found itself more and more in the news and less and less on the shelves.

It started in September, when the FDA warned to stay away from homeopathic teething remedies. With that announcement, CVS pulled a subset of this type of product made by Baby Oragel, Hyland's and CVS, off of their shelves with other stores following suit. Soon after, Hyland's stated in an open letter on their website that they...

It seems like every time I open up my computer, another children's homeopathic product is getting recalled. This time, the products are from the company Raritan. The recall notice states that

  • "The U.S. FDA has tested some products and recovered varying levels of belladonna extract content from what is declared on the label." 

Varying levels.... but no information as to how much or little was in the product. Enough to kill an infant... who knows? 

The products affected are 

  • CVS Homeopathic Infants' Teething Tablet 135 tablets
  • CVS Homeopathic Kids' Ear Relief Liquid 0.85 fl. oz.
  • Kids Relief Homeopathic Ear Relief Oral Liquid 0.85 fl. oz. 
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Homeopathic products are a scam. They are sold for almost any ailment imaginable and, collectively, people are willing to spend several billions of dollars a year on them despite any evidence that they are effective. 

Almost thirty years ago, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided that homeopathic products could be sold over the counter (OTC) without going through FDA approval - as long as they were 1) labeled as homeopathic and 2) that the ingredients can be found in the 'homeopathic pharmacopeia' - a database of homeopathic compounds. 

But, the marketing world of homeopathy hit a hiccup this week that may result in a change in the industry. The Federal Trade Commission released an '...

Every once in awhile I get something wrong, and I have no problem admitting it.

I have written many times about the absurdity of homeopathy, including a Science 2.0 piece on the possible existence of homeopathic cows.

Without going into the "science" for the umpteenth time, homeopathic "treatments" are nothing but water, while possibly containing a few molecules of... does it matter? It is based on 18th century alternative medicine and probably should have been left in the 18th century.

Here's what I got wrong: It turns out that, thanks to CVS, there finally is a homeopathic treatment that does contain something other than water and/or sugar! But, it...

Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 2.50.52 PMThe insanity that is evident from examining the role (or lack thereof) of the FDA in regulating alternative remedies may be finally coming to a head. It s about time.

Earlier this week, in what must have resembled Wrestlemania X, proponents and critics of homeopathy went at it during a two-day listening session that was held by the FDA to discuss whether homeopathic products should go through the same approval process that conventional drugs do. New drugs must be judged to be safe and...

The latest in health news: The FDA is finally reviewing homeopathic products to decide whether they should go under same approval process as conventional drugs, a new study shows why napping in carseats and strollers could be dangerous for your infant, and Columbia faculty speak out for or against Dr. Oz; we aren't sure.