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HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINES IN THE TREATMENT OF MODERATE TO SEVERE DEPRESSION

That this House welcomes the double-blind study conducted at the outpatient clinic at Jundiai Medical School in São Paulo, Brazil, which consisted of patients with moderate to severe depression; notes that patients were randomly assigned to a double-blind treatment with individualised homeopathic Q-potencies or fluoxetine (Prozac); further notes that the non-inferiority analysis indicated that the homeopathic Q-potencies were not inferior as compared to fluoxetine in treatment of this sample; observes that the study is the first randomised controlled double-blind trial with a reasonable number of subjects to draw conclusions about the homeopathic treatment of depression; acknowledges that homeopathy is recognised as a medical specialty in Brazil; and calls on the Government to carry out further research into this area.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Brine, Steve Conservative Party Winchester 22.06.2010
Campbell, Gregory Democratic Unionist Party Londonderry East 23.06.2010
Gray, James Conservative Party North Wiltshire 23.06.2010
Halfon, Robert Conservative Party Harlow 22.06.2010
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 29.06.2010
Harrington, Richard Conservative Party Watford 24.06.2010
McCrea, Dr William Democratic Unionist Party South Antrim 23.06.2010
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 28.06.2010
Simpson, David Democratic Unionist Party Upper Bann 30.06.2010
Stephenson, Andrew Conservative Party Pendle 29.06.2010
Stewart, Bob Conservative Party Beckenham 23.06.2010
Tredinnick, David Conservative Party Bosworth 21.06.2010
Vaz, Keith Labour Party Leicester East 28.06.2010
Walley, Joan Labour Party Stoke-on-Trent North 23.06.2010

Amendment 286A1 - HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINES IN THE TREATMENT OF MODERATE TO SEVERE DEPRESSION

leave out from `House' to end and insert `notes the study published in August 2009 in the journal e-Cam by UC Adler et al, conducted in São Paulo on 91 patients with depression, which claimed that individualised homeopathic treatments were not inferior to fluoxetine, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor; further notes that only 55 patients completed the study and that the finding of non-inferiority, while statistically significant, was marginal; further notes that fluoxetine is considered by many to be no more or barely more effective than a placebo in such patients and that this study therefore merely provides further evidence that homeopathy treatment is no more effective than placebo treatment; and supports the findings of the Fourth Report from the Science and Technology Select Committee of Session 2009-10, Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy, HC45, namely that there are ethical problems in prescribing patients placebos without full candour, that the evidence base is clear that homeopathy is not effective beyond placebo and so scarce NHS funds should not be spent commissioning it at a time when, due to cost, the health service is not even able to provide its patients with treatments that have been clearly shown to be effective, and that putting patients through pointless further clinical trials, and the spending of scarce public sector funds on research into homeopathy cannot be justified.'.

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Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 19.07.2010
Cunningham, Tony Labour Party Workington 13.07.2010
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 29.06.2010
Gilmore, Sheila Labour Party Edinburgh East 02.12.2010
Huppert, Julian Liberal Democrats Cambridge 24.06.2010
McDonnell, Alasdair Social Democratic and Labour Party Belfast South 10.11.2010
Sanders, Adrian Liberal Democrats Torbay 01.11.2010
Swales, Ian Liberal Democrats Redcar 09.11.2010
Swinson, Jo Liberal Democrats East Dunbartonshire 20.07.2010
Williams, Roger Liberal Democrats Brecon and Radnorshire 01.07.2010