The Moscow arbitration court rejected the claim of LLC “Alexan”, suburban manufacturer of veterinary preparations on the basis of homeopathy, Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) about protection of business reputation. The plaintiff demanded to recognize untrue and damaging his reputation information in the article “Memorandum No. 2 (Homeopathy)”, published in February 2017 on the website of the Commission against pseudoscience and falsification of scientific research of the Presidium of RAS and the Bulletin “In defense of science.” The company was also requested to remove this information, to require the RAS to publish a refutation and to collect from the Respondent of 30 million virtually any of compensation, reputational damage, writes RIA “Novosti”.
The representative of “Alexan” told the court that the fact of state registration of homeopathic drugs suggests that there are scientific reasons for this drug, as the law requires upon registration to confirm the effectiveness. The plaintiff also said the decline in sales after the publication of the Memorandum and provided the feedback that it may be associated with the controversial publication.
The representative ran a claim not recognized. According to him, the Memorandum is not the official position of the Academy and represents the opinion of a group of scientists expressed in the debate about homeopathy. As noted by the defendant, as set out in article recommendations cannot be regarded as defamatory information. He also noted that the plaintiff did not provide evidence to confirm the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies — no results of clinical trials, no thesis, and not proved the fact of damage, its size, and a causal connection between the injury and the Memorandum.
We will remind, the Commission to combat pseudoscience and falsification of scientific research of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences in early February 2017, said that the treatment of ultra-low doses of various substances used in homeopathy, has no scientific basis. This conclusion is based on a thorough analysis of publications in scientific journals, clinical study reports, summaries and systematic reviews. The Commission reiterates that the principles of homeopathy and theoretical explanations of the mechanisms of its alleged actions are contrary to known chemical, physical and biological laws, and convincing experimental confirmation of its effectiveness do not exist. “Homeopathic methods of diagnosis and treatment should be qualified as pseudoscience”, – stated in the Memorandum “On the false scientific character of homeopathy”.