Alternative MedicineNovember/December 2019
Detractors claim that active ingredients in many homeopathic supplements are diluted to the point of uselessness—even absence. Some consider these remedies as being in the same class as simple sugar pills with no effect beyond placebo. Yet despite such adversity from critics of this alternative mode of medicine, it may now be harder for those critics to make their case. Homeopathy just scored a relative win in court when Hyland’s, a manufacturer of homeopathic remedies, came under fire for alleged false representation of products to provide symptom relief.
Alternative Medicine spoke to Jeffery Margulies, defense lawyer for Hyland’s, about the effect this could have on homeopathy at large. “The plaintiffs claimed homeopathy doesn’t work, so the products were not effective,” said Margulies. “The burden in this case was on the plaintiff to demonstrate that homeopathy doesn’t work. It wasn’t on Hyland’s to demonstrate that it did work. And that turned out to be quite a bit harder than the plaintiffs’ attorneys were expecting it to be.”
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