Standard Homeopathic Company has recalled all lots of Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets and Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Teething Tablets because they could be toxic for young children. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), these tablets contain inconsistent amounts of belladonna alkaloids that may be different than what appears on the product’s labels. Standard has halted production and distribution of these teething tablets. The FDA is responsible for monitoring drug safety, but despite their best efforts, dangerous drugs can still hit the market. When bad drugs do hit the market, it can cause serious medical complications and lead to a dangerous drug lawsuit.
Are There Any Recorded Incidents?
A recent report by STAT News stated, babies who were given Hyland’s teething products turned blue and died. Additionally, there were reports of babies having repeated seizures and becoming delirious. There further reports of cases in which infants were airlifted to the hospital where the ER staff tried to figure out what caused babies’ twitching extremities. Over a 10-year period, from 2006 to 2016, the FDA collected adverse event reports, involving these teething tablets or gels in more than 370 children. Agency records show eight cases where babies died after taking Hyland’s products even though the FDA says the link between Hyland’s products and babies’ deaths is still under investigation.
What is Belladonna?
Belladonna is a poisonous plant that has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times. It has been used to treat a number of conditions, including tremors, motion sickness, nausea, abdominal cramping associated with menstruation and even Parkinson’s disease. Despite the fact that it could be toxic, it is an ingredient in a number of medications and sold as a supplement. Some symptoms of belladonna toxicity include fast heart rate, increased body temperature, dry skin and mouth, skin flushing, constipation, agitation, hallucinations and dilated pupils. Infants who are affected by the toxicity may seem drowsy or become non-responsive.
What Action Is The FDA Taking?
The FDA issued a warning stating that Hyland’s Teething Tablets may pose a risk to children. The agency’s testing revealed that some Hyland’s Teething Tablets contained varying amounts of belladonna. The FDA issued the alert after receiving reports of serious adverse effects of the tablets in children. The FDA launched an inspection at the manufacturer’s facility, which indicated a “substandard control of the manufacturing operation.” Since the containers don’t have child resistant caps, the FDA also received reports of children who consumed more tablets than recommended.
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If your child has been affected as a result of taking these tablets or gels and is experiencing adverse symptoms, please get emergency medical attention. You may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses including medical expenses and pain and suffering, so do not hesitate to contact an experienced defective drug lawyer. Our personal injury law firm is working with defective drug lawyers around the country who can help you seek and receive maximum compensation for your losses and hold negligent manufacturers accountable. Call d’Oliveira & Associates at 1-800-992-6878 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.