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British Scientists condemn changes in regulation of Homeopathy

According to top scientific institutions in Britain, patients will be put at risk by alterations in the regulation of homeopathic medicines. Besides, the system// permitting homeopathic medicines to make medical claims is being opposed by hundreds of doctors and scientists.

As the House of Lords discusses the new rules, the statement signed by these doctors and scientists has been released. However, according to the drug regulatory agency, the new regulations will benefit patients.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) introduced new regulations in September that permit homeopathic preparations to indicate the disorder that they can be used for.

In a statement, the Royal College of Pathologists said they were "deeply alarmed" that the regulation of medicine had "moved away from science and clear information for the public". The Medical Research Council said claims should not be made about efficacy of products without "rigorous and objective evidence". And the BioSciences Federation warned the MHRA's decision was of "extreme concern" adding "it seems in this case that the MHRA has bowed to industry pressure".

The Physiological Society, the British Pharmacological Society, the Society for Applied Microbiology, the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences are among the 12 national societies that has raised concerns over safety of the patient and correctness of the information.

According to Sense about Science that has been gathering views on this topic, 600 doctors and scientists have signed a statement which says homeopathic medicines should not be permitted to make "unsubstantiated health claims" and that the policy is "damaging to patients' best interests".

Implications like the MHRA has been partially prompted by a desire to improve the homeopathic industry have angered the reviewers. According to the MHRA, if the new system were not introduced, the industry
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