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Ainsworths – formally registered as Ainsworths (London) Ltd – is a British limited company.[1] It describes itself as specializing "in the making and provision of traditional homoeopathic remedies and the individual preparation of Bach flower remedies".[2]

History

The company's founder, John Ainsworth, had previously been a director of Nelsons, a homeopathic pharmacy.[3] His new company was incorporated in 1974 as J.B.L. Ainsworth (Caterham) Ltd, and its first pharmacy opened in London in 1978. By 1989 the company had 56 employees.[3] In 2009 the company changed to its current name.[1]

The company has served a number of physicians of the British royal family and was granted Royal warrants by the Queen Mother, the Queen and Prince Charles.[3][4]

Ainsworths is a member of the British Association of Homeopathic Manufacturers.[5]

Reception

In 2009 Ainsworths was cleared following an investigation by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society into its sale of homeopathic remedies for Swine flu, on the basis that the products were not sold by an organization registered with them.[6]

In 2013, a BBC News investigation found that Ainsworths was willing to advise parents to use homeopathic pills to as a substitute for immunization against whooping cough. Adam Finn, a pediatrician at the Bristol Royal Infirmary was quoted as saying "I'm very concerned because what I know about vaccines tells me these cannot possibly be effective at preventing infections".[7]

References

  1. ^ a b Ainsworths (London) Ltd., Companies House 
  2. ^ "Ainsworths – The First Name in Homoeopathy". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Kayne, Steven (2008). "JBL Ainsworth". Homeopathy. 97: 55–56. doi:10.1016/j.homp.2007.11.010. 
  4. ^ Sherwood, James (31 October 1998). "Three feathers in their caps; HRH's preferred shops". The Times. p. 16. The Prince's idiosyncrasies are writ large in his warrant list, and since the Windsors are famed for their trust in alternative medicine, it is no surprise to see Ainsworths homeopathic pharmacy listed 
  5. ^ Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Science and Technology Committee (22 February 2010). Evidence check 2: homeopathy, fourth report of session 2009-10, report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence. The Stationery Office. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-215-54410-0. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Pharmacy cleared of unethical drug sale". Chemist & Druggist (8). 2009. 
  7. ^ Smith, Sam (14 January 2013). "Homeopathic 'vaccine pills' should be withdrawn, says regulator". BBC News. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 

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