On Thursday, the Los Angeles, CA-based Standard Homeopathic Company has issued a major recall of Hyland’s homeopathic teething products after a Food and Drug Administration investigation found them to be linked to the deaths of four children. The FDA investigation has concluded that the two types of teething tablets have mislabeled how much belladonna alkaloids they contain.
Now, it is important to note that while belladonna can be dangerous in large quantities, it is a natural plant that has been used for centuries, as described by Kansas City pediatrician, Dr. Natasha Burgert.
She goes on to say, “my suspicion is that, when using it in teething tablets at homeopathic doses, the likelihood of a significant reaction is likely low. However, I think it is appropriate for the FDA be concerned that these homeopathic tablets and regimens are not regulated.”
Now, the company had actually made an original announcement about the issue in October and then, in January, the FDA began urging that parents should not use these teething products. The agency warned that the products do not contain amounts of the toxic substance that are consistent with safety standards.
As such, Standard Homeopathic Company chairman J.P. Borneman comments, “We initiated this recall even after discontinuing production last fall because it is appropriate to do what our regulating agency has formally requested.”
He goes on to say, “We are committed to maintaining and earning the trust consumers have placed in Standard Homeopathic Company. We have worked for 114 years to build relationships with our consumers. We intend to preserve that tradition of trust.”
Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets first came on the market in 1945 and have been used by millions of children since that time. In 2010, however, Standard Homeopathic issued a voluntary recall to address manufacturing concerns and also to refine their production, packaging, and testing protocols. At the time of that recall, the company had reported some adverse effects but the FDA could not show definitive link.Signs of teething include acting irritable, biting or chewing, drooling, gum swelling and tenderness, refusing food, and sleeping problems.
Burget also makes sure to note “Teething is not a medical problem. Teething is natural, it’s important, and the vast majority of kids really do great. So, teething isn’t something that parents should be worried about or something that need tremendous action plans, however, if they do notice their kids are fussy and biting on things we can address them in many ways.”