FDA issues warning for children’s homeopathic teething products following 10 reported deaths

by Michael Heygood

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about health risks associated with homeopathic teething tablets and gels for children and infants. The agency launched a safety investigation of homeopathic teething products sold by CVS, Hyland’s, and other stores following reports of at least 10 deaths linked to the tablets and gels.

Homeopathic teething tablets and gels are used to relieve teething pain in children and infants. The products contain highly diluted amounts of the toxic plant belladonna, or deadly nightshade. The gels and tablets are manufactured by CVS, Orajel, Hyland’s, and other companies, and are sold in stores or online.

The FDA says that it has received reports of at least 10 deaths and 400 cases of illness – including seizures, shortness of breath, and tremors – linked to homeopathic teething tablets and gels. The agency says that the gels and tablets may contain insufficiently diluted amounts of belladonna, which could cause serious and potentially fatal complications in children and infants. The FDA says that possible side effects of the products may include seizures, breathing problems, lethargy, muscle weakness, blurred vision, confusion or other complications that are consistent with nightshade poisoning.

As a result of concerns about the side effects of homeopathic teething gels and tablets, the FDA has warned parents to stop using these products on children and infants. The agency has advised parents to throw away any of the homeopathic teething products involved in the warning to prevent possible poisoning in children and infants.

Although the FDA does not have the authority to recall homeopathic products, CVS and Hyland’s have both voluntarily withdrawn their teething gels and tablets from sale. Orajel has yet to make a statement regarding its own homeopathic teething gels and tablets.

The FDA previously warned about potentially fatal complications of homeopathic teething products in 2010. An FDA investigation revealed inconsistent amounts of nightshade in homeopathic gels and tablets manufactured by Hyland’s. The company recalled its homeopathic teething gels and tablets in response to the investigation. After changing the formula for these products, Hyland’s reintroduced them to the market in 2010.

When children’s health products are not manufactured to meet the highest safety standards, serious injuries or death may result. Despite the efforts of federal regulators to protect children and infants, thousands are hospitalized each year because of dangerous products.

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by Michael Heygood

Michael Heygood is a licensed attorney and partner at HO&P who focuses on insurance and corporate litigation, and other civil arenas. Michael has been named multiple times to the Super Lawyers List.