GPs should not recommend homeopathy: RACGP

The RACGP says GPs should not prescribe or recommend homeopathic treatments, and pharmacists should stop selling them.

The college issued its position statement on homeopathy last week in the light of a recent NHMRC review, which found no evidence it was effective in treating any health conditions.

The college also said GPs should not refer patients to homeopathic practitioners.

While it’s unclear how many GPs incorporate homeopathic treatments in their practice, it is estimated that 6% of Australians use homeopathy.

The college said it was particularly concerned about so-called homeopathic vaccinations.

RACGP president Dr Frank Jones said not only was there no evidence these products worked, but they were also potentially dangerous because they could leave individuals and the community exposed to preventable disease.

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