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These Homeopathic Teething Products May Have Led To 10 Deaths


Homeopathic teething tablets and gels sold by companies like CVS, Orajel and Hyland’s may have been related to 10 deaths, the Food and Drug Administration told BuzzFeed News.

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As part of an ongoing investigation into homeopathic teething gels, marketed as “natural relief” for teething children and infants, the FDA has examined more than 400 reports of seizures, fever and vomiting, as well as 10 deaths, FDA spokesperson Lyndsay Meyer told BuzzFeed News on Wednesday.

The regulator does not know whether these deaths and illnesses — which happened over a six-year period — were caused by the products in question, but it is investigating the possibility.

“At this time, the FDA is still conducting our investigation, and we have not yet completed the analyses of products to determine if there is an association between the adverse events and the homeopathic teething products,” she said.

The agency advised consumers to stop using homeopathic teething gels and tablets following a report of a child having a seizure after using the product.

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After the FDA’s warning, CVS voluntarily removed all homeopathic teething products from their stores.

Hyland’s said on Tuesday that it will discontinue distribution of its teething medicines in the US after the FDA’s warning “created confusion among parents and limited access to the medicines.”

“We are confident that any available Hyland’s teething products, including those you already have, are safe for use,” the company added. “Of course, parents who may have concerns should consult with their physicians before using any medicines, read labels carefully and follow all instructions.”

The FDA previously warned consumers about Hyland’s in 2010 after analysis and testing showed some of its teething products contained varying amounts of belladonna, a potentially toxic ingredient.

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A preliminary review of the homeopathic teething tablets currently under warning “shows that these adverse events are similar to those observed in 2010,” said Meyer.

The FDA and the American Academy of Pediatrics suggest gently rubbing or massaging a teething child’s gums to relieve pain or use a cool compress or teething ring.

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