AMERICA’S LARGEST RETAILER SUED FOR SELLING FAKE MEDICINE

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Walmart, the nations largest retailer has been sued in the District of Columbia for medical fraud. The Center of Inquiry (CFI) is alleging that Walmart. is “committing wide-scale consumer fraud and endangering the health of its customers through its sale and marketing of homeopathic medicines.” If this sounds familiar that is because a similar suit in 2018 by the nonprofit was brought against CVS, the nations largest drug retailer in the U.S.

Notable Quotes: “Walmart sells homeopathics right alongside real medicines, in the same sections in its stores, under the same signs. Searches on its website for cold and flu remedies or teething products for infants yield pages full of homeopathic junk products. It’s an incredible betrayal of customers’ trust and an abuse of Walmart’s titanic retail power.” – Nick Little, CFI Vice President and General Counsel

A Walmart spokesman responded by saying, “We want to be the most trusted retailer, and we look to our suppliers to provide products that meet all applicable laws, including labeling laws. Our Equate private label homeopathic products are designed to include information directly stating that the claims are not based on accepted medical evidence and have not been evaluated by the FDA. We take allegations like these seriously and will respond as appropriate with the court.”

The Details: Homeopathic medicine (or homeopathy) is a medical system that uses plants, animals or minerals that are administered as oils, creams, tablets or gels as treatment – with the premise that the body can cure itself. Those who practice homeopathy believe that natural substances stimulate natural healing. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, an estimated 5 million adults and 1 million children used homeopathic products in the past year.