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March 2017

FDA Testing Shows Belladonna Found in Teething Products

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has announced that testing results show some homeopathic teething tablets contain high levels of belladonna, several with amounts exceeding what is listed on the product label. These products have been linked to reports of seizures, difficulty breathing, muscle weakness, excessive sleepiness, constipation, difficulty urinating, agitation, and death in infants.

The FDA first notified consumers of the potential risks associated with these tablets back in 2010, and again in September 2016. These new findings have prompted the FDA to contact Standard Homeopathic Company, the manufacturer of Hyland's homeopathic teething products, to request a recall. Consumers are advised to stop giving homeopathic teething products to their infants.

References

  1. Abbasi J. Amid Reports of Infant Deaths, FTC Cracks Down on Homeopathy While FDA Investigates. JAMA. 2017;317(8):793-795.
  2. U.S. Food & Drug Administration. FDA confirms elevated levels of belladonna in certain homeopathic teething products. https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm538684.htm

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