Research: JOHNSON and BOON,

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Abstract

JOHNSON and BOON, University of Toronto, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, ON, Canada, have reviewed (84 references) the question of where homeopathy fits into pharmacy practice.

Abstract: Homeopathy has been the cause of much debate in the scientific literature with respect to the plausibility and efficacy of homeopathic preparations and practice. Nonetheless, many consumers, pharmacists, physicians, and other health care providers continue to use or practise homeopathic medicine and advocate its safety and efficacy. As drug experts, pharmacists are expected to be able to counsel their patients on how to safely and effectively use medications, which technically includes homeopathic products. Yet many pharmacists feel that the homeopathic system of medicine is based on unscientific theories that lack supporting evidence. Since consumers continue to use homeopathic products, it is necessary for pharmacists to have a basic knowledge of homeopathy and to be able to counsel patients about its general use, the current state of the evidence and its use in conjunction with other medications.

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Johnson T, Boon H. Where does homeopathy fit in pharmacy practice? American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 71 (1): 7, Feb 15, 2007.

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