MHRA, homeopatija in regulacija

Prejšnji teden sem pisal, kako je Komite za znanost in tehnologijo iz spodnjega doma angleškega parlamenta vlado pozval, naj takoj preneha s financiranjem homeopatije z denarjem iz državnega proračuna, za kar so med leti 2005 in 2008 porabili 12 milijonov funtov. Vendar si graje niso zaslužili samo homeopati. Velik del kritik komiteja je bil usmerjen tudi k vladi oz. k MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency), agenciji katere glavna naloga je registracija novih zdravil.

MHRA svojo vlogo opisuje kot: »The MHRA’s mission is to enhance and safeguard the health of the public by ensuring that medicines and medical devices work, and are acceptably safe.« Vendar MHRA svoja stroga pravila, ki sicer veljajo za registracijo novih zdravil, ne upošteva v primeru homeopatije.

Po zakonu iz leta 2006 se homeopatski pripravki lahko prodajajo kot zdravila oz. se za njih lahko trdi da imajo terapevtski učinek, pa četudi za to ne obstajajo nobeni znanstveni dokazi (niso potrebni RCTs). To pomeni, da na oznaki takšnega pripravka lahko piše: pomaga pri… čeprav to ne drži. Kako si MHRA kaj takega lahko dovoli ne vem.

Predsednik komiteja, Phil Willis MP:

“This was a challenging inquiry which provoked strong reactions. We were seeking to determine whether the Government’s policies on homeopathy are evidence based on current evidence. They are not.“

“It sets an unfortunate precedent for the Department of Health to consider that the existence of a community which believes that homeopathy works is ‘evidence’ enough to continue spending public money on it. This also sends out a confused message, and has potentially harmful consequences. We await the Government’s response to our report with interest. “

Direktor MHRA, Kent Woods, bo moral pojasniti marsikatero stvar.

Več: The MHRA breaks its founding principle: it is an intellectual disgrace

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