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Teething Tablets Recalled Due To Possibly Toxic Herb Levels

The AP (4/14) reported that Standard Homeopathic Co. issued a recall of all Hyland’s teething tablets “at the urging of U.S. regulators, who say the medicine has inconsistent levels of a herb that can be poisonous.” The recall “covers Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets and Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Teething Tablets, meant to relieve gum discomfort from emerging teeth.” The Food and Drug Administration “which has been investigating the safety of such products for some time, had issued a warning in September that homeopathic teething tablets containing the herb, belladonna, shouldn’t be used.”

STAT (4/13) reported that Standard Homeopathic issued the recall “following reports that the tablets had caused seizures and other severe complications in hundreds of infants.”

CNN (4/15) reported that Dr. Natasha Burgert, a Kansas City-based pediatrician and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, said, “Teething is not a medical problem. Teething is natural, it’s important, and the vast majority of kids really do great.”

AAP News (4/14) reported that Standard Homeopathic “said it stopped manufacturing the teething products in October 2016.”

Additional coverage was provided by the Arizona Republic (4/14), the Houston Chronicle (4/14), the Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger (4/14), and the Washington Times (4/14).


Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - AAP Daily Briefing