Homeopathy warning: a danger also for preparations in Germany?

Homeopathic remedies in Germany are safe

The German Central Association of Homeopathic Physicians( DZVhÄ) is dismayed by reports from the USA that a manufacturing defect in a homeopathic medicine could have led to deaths.

According to relevant media reports in Germany, the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices( BfArM), which is responsible for the safety of medicines in Germany, explains: "With regard to patient protection, there are further regulations in Germany that ensure the safety of homeopathic medicines"

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The presumably deadly preparation from America contains, among other things, A. Belladonna. It is said to have been produced in the power D 12.When properly prepared, the amount of poison of the dandelion in the medicament is about 0.0000000000001 mg. With this amount of active substance, poisoning of patients is not possible.

It would be a fallacy to deduce from a manufacturing error that homeopathy is dangerous as a therapy option. According to data from care research, relevant improvements can be seen in clinical practice in patients who are treated with homeopathy. Similarly as in conventional medicine, with only a few side effects.

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In the US, homeopathic medicines are not tested and approved by the German Medicines Agency, unlike in Germany. Homeopathic medicines are not subject to any pharmacies' obligation and the indication of application areas is defined by the manufacturers.

The situation in Germany and the other EU countries is completely different.- Homeopathic medicines must be registered or approved here and are also subject to quality control by the BfArM, a medical authority which expressly supports DZVhÄ.

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