Hyland’s Homeopathic has ended sale of its teething tablets in the U.S., following a warning from health regulators regarding the risks potentially associated with such products.
“This decision was made in light of the recent warning,” Hyland’s said in a letter posted to its website on October 11th. “This warning has created confusion among parents and limited access to the medicines … Many retailers, because of the announcement, have chosen to stop selling homeopathic teething medicines in their stores while others have not.”
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned parents and caregivers in September to avoid using homeopathic pills and gels to treat teething pain in children. Days later, the agency revealed that such products had been tied to at least 10 infant deaths, and more than 400 adverse events, including seizures, over the past six years.
“Homeopathic teething tablets and gels have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safety or efficacy,” the warning stated. “The agency is also not aware of any proven health benefit of the products, which are labeled to relieve teething symptoms in children.”
In 2010, Hyland’s issued a teething tablet recall after its homeopathic medicines were linked to a number of adverse event reports. Many of those incidents were consistent with belladonna poisoning. Laboratory tests conducted at the behest of the FDA indicated that the Hyland’s products contained inconsistent amounts of belladonna, which can be toxic if ingested in large amounts. Symptoms associated with belladonna poisoning include:
Since the FDA issued its most recent warning, both CVS and Walgreens have pulled homeopathic teething tablets and gels from their store shelves. Another company, Raritan Pharmaceuticals, has recalled homeopathic teething and ear pain remedies for inconsistent levels of belladonna. But so far, no adverse events have been reported in relation to those products.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is investigating injuries and deaths that might be related to homeopathic teething tablets and gels marketed by Hyland’s and others. To learn more about filing a teething tablets lawsuit, please call (888) 870-9331 to contact an attorney today.