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Homeopathic teething tablets may contain toxic substance, FDA warns

Hyland's has not yet agreed to recall products the FDA says could be dangerous. (Source: Hyland's) Hyland's has not yet agreed to recall products the FDA says could be dangerous. (Source: Hyland's)

(RNN) – The Federal Drug Administration is urging parents to stop using homeopathic teething tablets after it discovered some brands contain belladonna, a toxic substance.

Hyland's, a producer of homeopathic tablets, has refused to conduct an official recall. Standard Homeopathic Company in Los Angeles is Hyland’s manufacturer.

“The body’s response to belladonna in children under two years of age is unpredictable and puts them at unnecessary risk,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.  “We recommend that parents and caregivers not give these homeopathic teething tablets to children and seek advice from their health care professional for safe alternatives.”

The FDA has issued statements on homeopathic products before, criticizing them for unproven claims. The organization is advising parents to cease the use of any homeopathic tablets.

“Homeopathic teething products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safety or effectiveness.,” the agency wrote. “The agency is unaware of any proven health benefit of the products, which are labeled to relieve teething symptoms in children. In September 2016, the FDA warned against the use of these products after receiving adverse event reports.”

In November, Raritan Pharmaceutical recalled three homeopathic products for containing belladonna. All of them were sold at CVS.

Consumers can report adverse effects to the FDA.

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