Homeopathy Plus! Whooping Cough claims
Homeopathy Plus! Pty Ltd has removed representations from
its website that the Australian Competition and Consumer
Commission considered to be misleading and deceptive and
that could lead to serious health risks for consumers.
The representations were made on the 'Whooping Cough -
Homeopathic Prevention and Treatment' page which has since
been removed from the Homeopathy Plus! website.
"The combination of claims that the vaccine was
ineffective and that the homeopathic remedies listed on the
page were an alternative prevention and treatment regime
elevated this matter to one of extreme concern," ACCC
Chairman Rod Sims said.
The ACCC examined content on the Homeopathy Plus! website
following a complaint from the medical profession. The ACCC
considered that the Homeopathy Plus! claims that the current
whooping cough vaccine is dangerous and ineffective, while
the homeopathic remedy is a proven and safe alternative,
were likely to be misleading or deceptive.
Reliance on these claims may influence consumers to avoid
the whooping cough vaccine and rely solely on the
homeopathic approach for treatment and prevention of
whooping cough, which is strongly discouraged by medical
professionals. Whooping cough is a serious respiratory
infection which can cause a long coughing illness and is
life threatening for babies.
The ACCC result was considerably assisted by the
engagement of the Therapeutic Goods Administration and NSW
Fair Trading with Homeopathy Plus! Pty Ltd in resolving this
The ACCC will continue to monitor the Homeopathy Plus!
Pty Ltd site for potential breaches of the Australian
Release # NR 086/12