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Expert Welcomes Withdrawing of Funding for Complementary Medicine

by Medindia Content Team on October 13, 2007 at 12:51 PM
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Expert Welcomes Withdrawing of Funding for Complementary Medicine

The withdrawing of funding from homeopathy in the NHS is welcomed in a letter to this week's BMJ.

In the UK National Health Service, primary care trusts are, quite rightly, withdrawing funding from homeopathy, writes David Colquhoun, Professor of Pharmacology at University College London.


"Something has been done, at last," he says, following news that Tunbridge Wells Homeopathic Hospital will close and the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital is in great danger.

He also supports the view that the US Congress should stop funding the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).

He points to an article about NCCAM1, which states: "After ten years of existence and over $200 million in expenditures, it has not proved effectiveness for any 'alternative' method. It has added evidence of ineffectiveness of some methods that we knew did not work before NCCAM was formed."

That is something that could be done, he says. The total funding so far for NCCAM approaches $1 billion.

Source: BMJ


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