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The morals of selling fake remedies

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12/10/2015 2:40:10 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Please consider the following hypothetical scenario:

Person A sells a remedy to person B. Person A makes claims about the remedy's beneficial properties and also explain a reason or method by which the remedy works. However, the remedy does not work and the proposed method by which it should do so is fake. Person A is not aware of this, believing the remedy to be capable of working as advertised. Person B, after taking the remedy, still sees an improvement of health, but this is due to positive attention from person A, a slight placebo effect from the remedy and an inherent ability of the human body to heal over time.

Two questions:

- Is it morally wrong of person A to sell this remedy to person B?
- Should society prohibit people profiting on selling fake remedies and why or why not?