Homeopathic medicines have been around for centuries, and have benefitted from a surge in interest in the US in recent decades. Homeopathy is built around the basic principle that the human body has the natural ability to ward off illness, and homeopathic medicines generally introduce a substance into the body to trigger the body's natural healing processes. Although many studies suggest that homeopathic remedies are not effective and only work at a placebo level, homeopathic remedies continue to be popular for a number of reasons, including that they are often sold over-the-counter and thus are significantly cheaper than seeing a doctor and purchasing traditional, prescribed medicine. But is homeopathic medicine safe?
Selling False Hope at Great Cost
In many defective drug cases, users of otherwise effective drugs experience serious side effects which can cause great pain, discomfort, and loss of bodily functions. When a drug company fails to properly design a drug or fails to properly warn users of the dangers, this can form the result of a defective drug action to compensate users for their injuries. With homeopathic medicine, however, often the danger is not that there are significant side effects (although that can occur as well) but rather that a consumer in need of medical care is being sold a worthless product that may make that person's conditions much worse when the person fails to obtain adequate medical care due to their reliance on homeopathic remedies.
Although there is evidence that patients can benefit from the “placebo effect” of taking a remedy – meaning a largely psychological benefit that comes from taking any action to combat a condition – the risks of relying on homeopathic remedies are great when it means failing to get the care you need for conditions that cannot be made better with placebo remedies and indeed might be made worse for lack of attention.
Pursuing Legal Action for Homeopathic Remedies
Even where a person has not experienced a direct physical injury from a homeopathic remedy, they may be able to pursue a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the remedy if deceptive statements or other marketing tools were used to induce the purchase of the product. State and federal law provides legal causes of actions for consumers whose interests have been injured by the purchase of products and services which do not live up to their stated benefits, or where other false or misleading language was used in the marketing.
If you have been financially injured by your purchase of a homeopathic medicine – either in just the purchase price of the product or the price combined with the consequences of a health condition made worse by your choice of a homeopathic remedy over a more traditional medical approach – you may be able to pursue a lawsuit for financial recovery from the manufacturer and/or seller of the homeopathic remedy. Contact an experienced defective drug attorney to learn more about the options available to you in your situation.
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