MD, PhD, FMedSci, FRSB, FRCP, FRCPEd.

For complete newcomers to this blog, I should preface this post with four statements of fact (evidence to support them can be found in numerous previous posts on this blog or in my book entirely dedicated to homeopathy):

  1. Homeopathic remedies are usually so highly diluted that they do not contain enough active molecules to have any effect whatsoever.
  2. The evidence from clinical trials fails to show that homeopathic remedies are more than placebos.
  3. Boiron is the world’s largest manufacturer of homeopathic remedies.
  4. Therapeutic claims made for homeopathic remedies are bogus.

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BOIRON USA, seem to employ someone who does little else but tweet irresponsible advertisements that mislead and endanger the public. On 5/5/2020, for instance, I saw within a matter of just hours in my Twitter timeline dozens of advertisements by Boiron USA . I copied a few examples:

  • Oscillococcinum USA Clinical studies show that Oscillococcinum reduces the duration and severity of flu-like symptoms such as body aches, headache, fever, chills, and fatigue.*
  • Boiron USA Ignatia amara relieves a lump in throat, hypersensitivity or intolerance to light, noise, or smells, frequent sighing, difficulty breathing, spasms, & cramps related to stress. It may help those who feel moody or emotional from added #stress. Claim basis: bit.ly/2VaVt0o
  • Boiron USA Calendula officinalis (Garden marigold) offers more than its good looks. This flower has healing power! Calendula has been used for centuries as a healing and soothing substance for skin irritations like cuts, scrapes, chafing, minor burns and sunburn. bit.ly/2srZqPI

And here are four more from 6/5/2020:

  • #Homeopathic Sabina relieves profuse and painful periods with red blood clots and pain spreading to the tops of the thighs. Dosage: Dissolve 5 pellets under the tongue 4 times a day. Decrease frequency with improvement. Claim basis: bit.ly/2I1L3sN
  • Colocynthis 6C relieves abdominal & menstrual cramps improved by bending over, strong pressure and heat. Dosage: Dissolve 5 pellets under the tongue every 30 minutes. Decrease frequency with improvement. Claim basis: bit.ly/2oMa9RX
  • Caulophyllum thalictroides 30C relieves menstrual cramps occurring at the onset of periods, with scanty flow. Dosage: Dissolve 5 pellets under the tongue 4 times a day. Decrease frequency with improvement, Claim basis: bit.ly/2q7Ea2Q
  • #Homeopathic Cimicifuga racemosa 6C relieves cramps associated with #PMS and aggravated by cold and humidity. Dosage: Dissolve 5 pellets under the tongue twice a day. Decrease frequency with improvement. Claim basis: bit.ly/2Kj57Yk

(Please do click on the links for ‘claim basis’ and be surprised!)

As far as I can tell, Boiron USA have been doings this sort of thing incessantly since years. Why does someone not stop them? All of these advertisements make claims that are bogus, unethical, and potentially harmful for many consumers. How can this be legal? Should there not be some sort of consumer protection?

But perhaps there is something all of my US readers can do quite effortlessly: on their website, Boiron USA state that they are

committed to providing top-quality products to our customers. Subject to the Terms, Conditions and Limitations below, if within 30 days of purchase, you are not completely satisfied with our medicines for any reason, we’ll give you your money back.

To receive your refund, please send us the following items within 30 days of purchase at the address below:

    • Your name, address and telephone number
    • The original UPC from the Boiron product purchased
    • The original dated cashier register receipt with the purchase price circled

Boiron Information Center
Attn: Refunds
4 Campus Boulevard
Newtown Square, PA 19073

So, how about buying the preparations advertised and then insisting on a refund, if they did not achieve what was promised in their advertisement on Twitter? That might soon stop them misleading the public!

9 Responses to Why does nobody stop Boiron USA misleading the public?

  • Now NHS UK is clear in the lead against Italy with number of kills exceeding 30,000.

    UK is on track to surpass Italy’s dead numbers by 20%.

    But this will be the outcome of the first wave. Keep your fingers crossed for the second wave!

  • It’s easier to pick up an impromptu product and give it a try than it is to take the trouble of writing to ask for a refund. Many people will recover naturally from whatever mild ailment they were sufferng. Boiron offer a refund because they know can afford to do so. If they couldn’t they wouldn’t.

    It’s a beautiful swindle as swindles go.

  • From Boiron website:

    *Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.

  • @Leigh Jackson

    Leigh said;
    “Boiron offer a refund because they know can afford to do so. If they couldn’t they wouldn’t.”

    Leigh, Big Pharma could afford to stand behind their products also, but they don’t. Tell me one pharma med that comes with a money back policy ? …. hmmm

    • Proper medicine can’t be compared with magic sweeties, RG.

      • @Lenny

        if the “proper” medicine efficacy is so far above the the “magic medicine”(as you call it), that they can’t be compared … it should be even more expected that the manufacture should back it up and stand behind it.
        What’s big pharma afraid of …. failure ? … lack of efficacy ?
        I think.

    • Pharmaceutical companies do stand behind their products. Know how much it costs to bring a new drug successfully to market? Know the % success rate?

      Successful drugs’ guarantee is that they have passed government mandated testing hurdles and been shown scientifically to be more than a placebo and safe.

      Sometimes the system fails – and drugs companies have to pay the price.

      Boiron fails as medicine, succeeds as a scam. Their guarantee is worthless because their product is worthless as a bona fide medicine.

  • I can’t see the public or politicians getting on board with an outright ban, as many people are absolutely convinced that this stuff works. However, I think that a warning label, such as the ones put on cigarettes, would be a good compromise. It would be needed to be worded definitively that these products in all likelihood won’t work, rather than the usual vague disclaimers.

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