This is a split from the picture of your purchases thread where vitamins came up. Peabody (a pharmacist) purchased a multivitamin "man supplement" for the people in his house. The supplement purchased had claims of "heart health", "immunity", and "physical energy". All completely empty, nonsensical claims. We haven't had this discussion in a long time but widespread multivitamin use is not something that is indicated by evidence. The beauty of multivitamins and what makes them a massively profitable industry is that they are of little harm. Therefore people can sell them with unfounded claims of health benefits knowing little morbidity will result. They are also not under the same strict regulations as medicines are in terms of testing and efficacy, instead being categorised in many countries as a food supplement. People also seemingly love to take them, as it is something proactive they can do under the guise of improving their health. In reality however it is really just a good way to empty one's wallet. This is not to say in some circumstances vitamins and supplements aren't indicated for underlying diagnosed health problems. This is part of a larger discussion on pharmacists which I think is important. In Australia especially there is a real push away from medicines as the primary source of income for pharmacists on to gifts, medical accessories, vitamin supplements and even worst pseudoscientific paraphernalia. Given pharmacists are a largely trusted profession I think these acts are really undermining the profession and tricks of the confidence of the public. Kudos if you are a pharmacist out there who takes a stand or are not involved in such activities. Would you bother to test or advise people test for the extremely rare proponderence of vitamin deficiencies or their cause? Or is selling more important? What about the cause of their deficiency? Are you an expert in that? Are you qualified to examine someone and/or test for deficiencies? You went to university. Many people did this. This is it an excuse to act unethically in the market under the guise of being a professional. As a professional in a medical field you are obliged to strive to treat people based on evidence. Selling vitamins wholesale to the public is aiming to improve public health outcomes ? Can you supply a source for such a claim that vitamins result in a positive public health outcome? You can't. It also isn't restricted to unnecessary vitamins. Pharmacies these days sell all sorts of nonsense including fat reducing shakes, magnetic arthritis underlays, immune system boosters etc etc. ln my mind pharmacies and pharmacists have an obligation to be honest about these things and not sell them. They are undermining the trustworthiness of the profession wholesale. tl;dr should pharmacists sell any old bollocks under the guise that it helps your health or should they have greater standards?