Exposing the harmful pseudoscience of “alternative medicine”
CFI sent letters to Shoppers in January and March 2012, calling for the pharmacy giant to stop stocking products like Oscillo that make false and misleading claims about their contents and effectiveness.
TORONTO, ONTARIO (Marketwire – April 11, 2012) – The Centre for Inquiry (CFI) Canada is lending critical scientific support in a $30 million lawsuit against Shoppers Drug Mart and Boiron Canada.
The suit alleges sales of Oscillococcinum, a homeopathic product marketed for flu-like symptoms, violate consumer protection laws.
“Oscillococcinum is overpriced sugar,” said Iain Martel, Chair of CFI’s Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism. “The extreme dilutions used to make it ensure there is not a single molecule left of its supposed medicinal ingredient.”
More details about the lawsuit
In March 2012 REO launched a proposed class action against Boiron Canada relating to the marketing of Oscillicoccinum and Oscillicoccinum Children. According to Boiron, Oscillicoccinum is effective in relieving flu symptoms. The Statement of Claim alleges that, among other things, Boiron breached several consumer protection statues in its marketing of Oscillicoccinum as the product contains virtually none of its purported active ingredient namely Anas Barbarie Hepatis et Cordis extractum (namely the extract of the liver and heart of the Barbary Duck). As a result of those alleged breaches the proposed class members have vastly overpaid for what is in essence a sugar pill. The allegations in the Statement of Claim have yet to be proven in Court.
More news about this case:
St John’s Telegram: Will lawsuits spell the end of homeopathy?
YouTube: Think Again TV
Visit the Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism (CASS) website here.
- Who is CFIC, and what do we do?
- Welcome to the Centre for Inquiry
- History and Mandate
- Ask the “religion experts” – a secular humanist perspective
- Not Over Yet! Humanists Should Speak out on the Right to Die with Dignity
- Merry NewtonMass
- Canada’s Standing Committee on Health (HESA): Report 13
- Cupping: Premier pseudoscience for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
- From the Cradle to the Grave
- CFIC’s Ethical Perspectives
- CFI Manitoba
- Crisis in Nepal: What can we do?
- International Human Rights
- STAND UP FOR SCIENCE
- Secular Human Rights Campaigns
- Supreme Court Decision
- Raif Badawi
- Policy Statements
- Thanks for supporting CFI Canada
- CFI condemns attacks on religious groups in Egypt
- International Women’s Day
- CFIC Library needs your help!
- CFI Canada at the Office of Religious Freedom’s EAC
- Become a CFI Canada Student Affiliate
- James Randi in Toronto!
- Secular Humanists and Atheists Grieve With the Nation
- CFIDiscourse #2: On Pseudo-skepticism and the Vice of Open-Mindedness
- Press Centre
- HUMAN RIGHTS
- Spring is late – deadline extended for the Colouring Contest
- Grandmother Fish
- CFI Canada 2014: Moving Forward
- CFI Canada 2014: Moving Forward
- Governance Documents
- CFI Canada Announces New Ad Campaign!
- CFIC Condemns Superstition-based Violence
- Will You Make a Commitment to Reason and Science Today?
- Secular, Humanist and Freethought Links
- CFIC Library
- New CFIC Logo Designs
- Press Release – Deny Law School Accreditation to Anti-Gay University
- A Call for Justice
- Spoon Bending and Higher Learning
- Canada’s Blasphemy Law
- Canada Deserves Better Than Pope John Paul II Day
- Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom
- Carl Sagan Day 2014 at CFI Canada!
- Are Organized Religions a Possible Public Health Hazard “Vector”? Apparently we have our job to do…
- Public Promotion of Religion In Quebec Schools
- 2015/2016 Flu Shot is a Good Idea
- CFIC Discourse
- Canada to Uganda – CFI pushes gay rights against religious bigotry
- CFI Membership
- Secular Community Services
- Contact Us