Teething Tablets Lawsuit Center


 

Was your child harmed by a homeopathic teething tablet product? The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that these types of teething gels and tablets might have been responsible for 10 infant deaths and more than 400 adverse events. The benefits purportedly associated with homeopathic teething remedies have not been scientifically proven, and the FDA has never evaluated these products for safety. The agency now advises against the use of homeopathic medications to treat teething pain in children and infants.

The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is now investigating potential teething tablet lawsuits involving homeopathic remedies, including:

  • Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablet
  • CVS Homeopathic Infants’ Teething Tablet (Raritan)
  • Kids Relief Homeopathic Ear Relief Oral Liquid (Raritan)
  • CVS Homeopathic Kids’ Ear Relief Liquid (Raritan)

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What is Homeopathic Medicine?

Homeopathy dates back to the early 1700s, and is based on the supposition that “like cures like.”  The practice basically involves treating symptoms with small amounts of a substance that actually causes the same issues, supposedly causing the body to heal itself. Traditionally, homeopathy has been used to treat a wide range of chronic illnesses, including allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, and irritable bowel syndrome. Some practitioners might also use homeopathic methods to treat minor injuries, such as muscle sprains.

The principles of homeopathic medicine have not been scientifically proven. In November 2016, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it would crack down on claims used to market homeopathic medications. The Commission now requires that the labeling for such products state that (1) there is no scientific evidence that the product works, and (2) the product’s claims are based only on theories of homeopathy from the 1700s that are not accepted by most modern medical experts.

In January 2016, a class action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, alleging that Hyland’s misled consumers who had purchased the company’s homeopathic baby products, including its teething remedies. Hyland’s was accused of falsely marketing its products as natural, safe and effective, even though they “contain various artificial and synthetic ingredients, some of which are associated with the development of severe health problems.”  (Case No. 7:16-cv-00237.)

In October 2016, Hyland’s settled a similar teething tablets lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. The agreement provided $2.9 million to reimburse consumers who purchased Hyland’s homeopathic baby products after March 2008. (Case No. 2:12-cv-01983)

FDA Warning for Homeopathic Teething Tablets & Gels

In September 2016, the FDA warned parents and caregivers to avoid treating children and infants with homeopathic teething tablets and gels. According to the agency, such products had been linked to more than 400 adverse events, including shortness of breath, vomiting, and constipation. No specific teething tablet brands were identified in the FDA alert, and the agency noted that it had not yet conclusively determined if any of the products were directly responsible for the fatalities. However, it also warned consumers to seek medical help for their child if they experience any of the following problems after ingestion of a homeopathic teething product:

  • Seizures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Skin flushing
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Agitation

In the aftermath of the FDA warning, CVS and Walgreens pulled homeopathic teething tablets and gels from their store shelves, and Hyland’s announced it would no longer sell such products in the U.S. In November, Raritan Pharmaceuticals announced a recall of its homeopathic teething tablets and ear pain liquids after tests suggested they might contain varying amounts of belladonna, which can be toxic when ingested in large amounts.

Need Assistance Filing a Lawsuit? Our Attorneys Can Help.

There may be compensation available for families whose children were harmed as a result of homeopathic teething remedies. To learn more about filing a teething tablet lawsuit on behalf of your child, please call to obtain a free, no-obligation review of your case.

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