A new teething tablets lawsuit has been filed in New York federal court on behalf of consumers who purchased homeopathic remedies marketed by Hyland’s Inc., CVS Health Corp, Target Corp., and others. The class action complaint claims that the defendants’ homeopathic pills and gels are useless and unsafe. (Case No. 7:16-cv-08687-KMK)
The products cited in the November 9th filing were recently the subject of a U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) safety warning, resulting in their removal from store shelves. However, purchasers of the teething gels and tablets were never offered a refund. The plaintiffs claim they were sold a worthless product and seek damages on behalf of potential class members.
The FDA warning that triggered this lawsuit was issued in September, after an agency review tied homeopathic teething medications to at least 10 infant deaths. An additional 400 adverse events, including seizures, could also be linked to the products. The FDA has warned parents and caregivers not to use homeopathic remedies to treat teething pain in infants and children.
Following release of the FDA alert, CVS and Walgreens pulled homeopathic teething remedies from their store shelves. Hyland’s also announced that it would end sales of such products in the U.S. In November, Raritan Pharmaceuticals 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.
Belladonna is an ingredient used in many homeopathic products for its sedative effects. However, it is toxic in when ingested in large amounts. Symptoms associated with belladonna poisoning include:
In 2010, Hyland’s issued a teething tablet recall after its homeopathic medicines were linked to a number of adverse event reports consistent with belladonna toxicity.
This past October, Hyland’s agreed to pay $2.9 million to reimburse purchasers of homeopathic baby products sold after 2008.The agreement settled a teething tablets lawsuit that had been filed in California federal court. (Case No. 2:12-cv-01983)
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is investigating lawsuits involving injuries and deaths allegedly link to homeopathic teething tablets and gels. To learn more, please contact our legal staff by calling (888) 870-9331.