Three over-the-counter homeopathic medicines for children, two of which carry the brand name CVS, have been recalled over inconsistent amounts of potentially poisonous belladonna content.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If your child or other loved one experienced an adverse reaction to one of the products being recalled, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: FDA Warns Against Use of Benzocaine Teething Medicines
May 25, 2018 – Stop using any medicine that contains benzocaine for children’s teething FDA cautions, as these products have been linked to a serious side effect called methemoglobinemia, which can cause oxygen levels in the blood to drop to unsafe levels, potentially causing death. The agency also sent a letter (PDF) to manufacturers of benzocaine medicines instructing them to stop selling the products immediately, or else a formal recall will be announcement and the actions will be mandatory.
What’s the Problem?
November 28, 2016 – The following products are being recalled after test results from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) showed varying levels of belladonna compared to the amount specified on the labeling:
- CVS Homeopathic Infants’ Teething Tablet 135 tablets, UPC: 050428424162, Lots: 41116 and 43436
- Kids Relief Homeopathic Ear Relief Oral Liquid 0.85 fl. oz., UPC: 778159090639, Lot: 35254
- CVS Homeopathic Kids’ Ear Relief Liquid 0.85 fl. oz., UPC: 050428441633, Lot: 33149
Belladonna is used in these products to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with teething and earaches. Too much of it, however, can be harmful. Despite carrying the Italian term for “beautiful lady,” belladonna is “a substance that can cause harm at larger doses,” Raritan’s recall notice states. “The company is voluntarily recalling the product out of an abundance of caution.”
Ingestion of high concentrations of atropine, a potent alkaloid found in belladonna, can cause severe illness and death, according to WebMD. Atropine is fatal in doses as small as 100 mg, depending on potency of the particular plant. For children, a fatal dose is even significantly less.
Last month, FDA launched an investigation into the safety of homeopathic teething tablets after at least 400 adverse events — including the deaths of 10 children — were associated with the products. CVS and Hylands issued separate recalls for their own teething tablet products as a result of these problems.
Consumers who purchased any of the products listed above should stop using them immediately. If your child or other loved one experienced problems that may be related to use of teething tablets or ear medicine affected by this recall, you should contact your doctor right away.
Teething Tablets Class Action Filed in New York
January 4, 2017 – A teething tablets lawsuit has been filed in New York on behalf of consumers who purchased homeopathic remedies that were the subject of a Sept. 2016 warning by the FDA. While the agency’s warning resulted in the withdrawal of affected products from store shelves, the suit alleges that consumers were never offered refunds for their purchases. Defendants named in the case include: Hyland’s Inc., Church & Dwight Co. Inc., Standard Homeopathic Co., CVS Health Corp. and Target Corp.
Do I Have a Belladonna Lawsuit?
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