FDA warns against use of homeopathic teething products

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By Divya Grover

<span class="articleLocation”>The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday
warned consumers against using certain homeopathic teething
products, saying it has found high amounts of a toxic substance
in some of them and they pose a potential risk to infants and
children.

Laboratory analysis found amounts of belladonna, a toxic
substance, that sometimes far exceeded the amount claimed on the
label of these teething tablets, the FDA said.

Homeopathic teething tablets are used to provide temporary
relief of teething symptoms in children.

Inconsistent levels of belladonna can cause seizures,
excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness and skin flushing in
children.

The FDA asked Los Angeles-based Standard Homeopathic Co, the
manufacturer of Hyland’s teething products, to recall the
products from the market, but said the company did not agree to
the recall.

Hyland’s said it declined to recall the teething products
because it had discontinued them in October after the FDA in
September re-opened a 2010 investigation into their safety. That
followed another report of a child who had seizure after using
the teething tablets.

At this time “we don’t see any additional action to be
necessary,” Hyland’s spokeswoman Mary Borneman said.

The FDA had found over 400 side effects reports, including
10 deaths since 2010, according to several reports at that time.

In November, Raritan Pharmaceuticals Inc recalled three
belladonna-containing homeopathic products, two of which were
marketed by CVS Health Corp.

In 2010, Standard Homeopathic voluntarily recalled Hyland’s
teething tablets from the market to address manufacturing
issues. (bit.ly/2jnvJsO)



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