From the New Year, around 450 homeopathic remedies will be put on sale in Norwegian stores. Today, they can only be bought in pharmacies.
According to Aftenposten, the homeopathic products will fall under the scheme Medicines Without Pharmacy (LUA) from January.
The remedies will still have to get marketing authorization, and the outlets must obtain approval from the Norwegian Medicines Agency.
Norwegian parliament (Storting) representative Sveinung Stensland (H), a pharmacist himself, believes that sales of such products in pharmacies have given the products an incorrect stamp of quality.
He also believes availability in stores could increase sales.
“But these remedies are risk-free, and without documented effects, so it will not have much significance,” he told Aftenposten.
“The effect of our medicines will be the same whether they are sold in pharmacies or elsewhere,” Board chairman Tore Fosso of the Norwegian Homeopaths National Association said.
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