FTC to Host September Workshop in Washington, DC, to Examine Advertising for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Products
Some homeopathic products have predictable benefits for the majority of users, and their safety and reliability make them appropriate for general sales. The purpose of advertising for these products is to make people aware that the products exist and are helpful for generalized minor symptoms, just as with typical OTC cold remedies, etc. Uniquely chosen homeopathic remedies also are available to the individual who is interested enough to study homeopathy via books, journals, or classes. These remedies also are safe -- as safe as or sometimes more safe than typical OTC products. Advertising is less significant for these products, since the interested user seeks them out and only needs to know where to obtain them, having already determined via their research why and how to use them. For more information about the safety and use of homeopathic products, look at websites such as homeopathycenter.org and www.homeopathic.com. Frankly, it seems like the FTC is wasting the American public's money and time with this inquiry, because it appears to this longtime homeopathy consumer that there is no problem that needs to be analyzed.