Homeopathy in Ontario Pharmacies

Homeopathy in Ontario Pharmacies

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Artyom Korenevsky started this petition to Ontario College of Pharmacists

This petition seeks to improve the science and evidence-based care offered at Ontario Pharmacies and asks The Ontario College of Pharmacists (from here on, "the College") to consider homeopathy sales as a part of its quality indicators consultation and ultimately:

1) Mandate the removal of homeopathy from Ontario Pharmacies and;

2) Establish that recommendation of a homeopathic product by a pharmacist as going against professional standards of practice.

The College is currently seeking public feedback for a fantastic initiative to establish quality indicators in Ontario pharmacies (http://www.ocpinfo.com/about/key-initiatives/quality-indicators-for-pharmacy/). 

An excellent definition, background and summary of evidence (or rather lack thereof) can be found at: Science Based Medicine - Homeopathy: https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/reference/homeopathy/

As the public trusts pharmacists to provide evidence-based scientific advice on medications, the availability of homeopathic products in pharmacies can undermine this trust and the veracity of these quality indicators: 

  1. "After talking with my pharmacist, I feel more confident to manage my medications".
  2. "My pharmacist helped me to understand why I am taking each of my medications".
  3. "My pharmacist made sure I understood what results I might expect from my medication, including any side effects or drug/food interactions that may occur".
  4. "My pharmacist helped me understand how to know if my medication is working". 

Considering that homeopathic products cannot make therapeutic claims nor do they have any evidence based studies to support them, the presence of homeopathy in pharmacies undermines the goals of what the College is aiming to achieve. It is not professionally acceptable to offer homeopathy to patients and the mere acceptance of its presence in pharmacies undermines public trust in pharmacists. 

In doing so, the College will be establishing itself as a leader in promoting science and evidence-based care. In fact, the BC College of Pharmacists Registrar, Bob Nakagawa has begun a public consultation on this same subject matter (https://www.bcpharmacists.org/readlinks/registrar%E2%80%99s-message-homeopathic-products-pharmacies). 

Respectfully, 

Artyom Korenevsky, CD, BSc, BScPhm, PharmD

 

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