The problem with homeopathic products is that they are untested and may use potentially dangerous ingredients. Hyland’s baby teething product is an example. The FDA claims this product contains unsafe levels of belladonna, the plant also known as deadly nightshade. Hyland’s Teething Tablets are made by Standard Homeopathic Co., a Los Angeles-based company.
Belladonna does have uses in medicine. The FDA-approved medication Donnatal uses alkaloids from the belladonna plant to treat irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive problems. Hyland’s product does not have any FDA-approved uses.
In September 2016, the FDA warned parents to throw away homeopathic teething products containing belladonna. Teething tablets have varying levels of this plant. In some cases, teething tablets have excessive levels of belladonna that may pose fatal risks to children.
Belladonna is a very toxic substance. According to the National Library of Medicine (NLM), belladonna can inhibit the central nervous system, and cause convulsions, seizures, coma and death. Just how dangerous is belladonna? Historians suspect it was used to assassinate the Roman Emperor Claudius. While Hyland did discontinue its baby teething product last year, it has refused to issue a recall.
Can Parents of Children Harmed by Hyland’s Teething Tablets File Lawsuits?
In 2010, the FDA issued its first warning to parents about Hyland’s teething product. Since issuing this warning, the FDA has received more than 400 adverse event reports involving teething products containing belladonna. FDA officials claim 10 reports involve deaths. Many others reference seizures. However, the FDA still must investigate these reports.
Parents with babies harmed by these products should contact an attorney to explore legal options. Hyland did not warn parents this product could contain dangerous levels of belladonna.
The New Jersey product liability attorneys at Keefe Law Firm have experience taking on negligent medical device and defective drug manufacturers.