France will end healthcare refunds for homeopathic drugs

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  • Wednesday, 10 Jul 2019

FILE PHOTO: Agnes Buzyn, French Minister for Solidarity and Health, arrives for a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, January 11, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - France will end social security reimbursements for homeopathic drugs and the new policy - which has drawn the fire of alternative medicine advocates - will take full effect in 2021, the healthcare minister said on Tuesday.

Earlier this year the French health watchdog recommended the move, citing what it said was the insufficient effectiveness of the drugs after an investigation into how they affected conditions such as anxiety or foot warts.

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