HVS's founder is the late Allen M. Kratz, PharmD, who explored
the depths of both conventional and complementary medicine in his
lifetime. He was a pharmacy professor when he became the first pharmacist
to serve on the Editorial Board of The Merck Manual.
His interest in complementary medicine was piqued in the 1970's
and he quickly became fond of the principles of homeopathy. He became
a renowned author, contributor and columnist in the areas of complementary
medicine, pharmacy and homeopathy.
HVS began manufacturing its highly regarded, professional-line
homeopathic formulations in 1979 under the company name HoBoN, an
acronym for Homeovitic Bio Nutritionals.
In 1996, HoBoN and its memorable smiley face logo underwent an
image change. HoBoN became HVS Laboratories; HVS stands for HomeoViticS
or Homeopathics Vitalized by Succussion.
Besides ingredient enhancements with the accumulation of proved
homeopathic ingredients and ingredient additions to the Homoeopathic
Pharmacopoeia of the United States, the original formulation
line-up has remained unchanged for over twenty years and counting;
a testament to the pioneering fortitude of Dr. Kratz.