'Homeopathy and herbal remedies are among seven treatments which NHS bosses have told Jeremy Hunt to officially “blacklist” from prescriptions because of a lack of evidence about their effectiveness.
GPs will be asked not to prescribe them any more and to take patients off these treatments if they’re currently being prescribed on the NHS.
The Health Secretary has previously been forced to defend his position on homeopathy after he signed an early day motion in support of the treatments on the NHS in 2007.
He subsequently clarified he did this on behalf of a constituent while still a “young MP”, but as Health Secretary he “follows the evidence” on what works.
In the British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s responses to NHS England’s report on low-value treatments, both organisations said homeopathy should be blacklisted. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence also said multiple reviews had “showed no evidence of the effectiveness of homeopathy”.
The NHS only spends around £100,000 a year on homeopathic remedies, comparatively it spends £6.3m on omega-3 supplements which can be obtained from food.
But the report says despite these “marginal costs” clinical evidence should take priority over anecdotal reports from patients who say it helps them.
It is joined on the proposed blacklist by herbal remedies, muscle rubs and dietary supplements which also have limited evidence.'
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