Hyland’s Teething Tablets and Gels are homeopathic products made with the highly-toxic plant belladonna, or “deadly nightshade.” Labeled for use in infants, these teething products have been linked to severe side effects, including seizures, fevers and vomiting.
The FDA has told parents to throw their homeopathic teething products out. But according to recent allegations, Hyland refuses to recall the products, a move that observers may believe only puts more children at risk. Now, families who have been harmed are preparing to fight back, with legal action if necessary. Our attorneys believe that hundreds, if not thousands, of parents may be eligible to file lawsuits against Hyland on behalf of their injured children.
Homeopathic Teething Products Linked To 10 Deaths
The US Food & Drug Administration has received over 400 reports of babies suffering from adverse side effects, complications consistent with acute belladonna poisoning. At least 10 children have died of symptoms linked to Hyland’s homeopathic teething products. Even more shocking, though, is that Hyland has already been warned about the belladonna content of its homeopathic products before.
In 2010, the US Food & Drug Administration instructed parents to immediately discontinue the use of Hyland Teething Tablets and Gels, after the federal agency received multiple reports of infant injuries. While Hyland’s homeopathic teething products were supposedly being manufactured to contain only small amounts of belladonna, government lab tests found that the Teething Tablets were dosed with “inconsistent amounts” of the dangerous plant substance.
Significant deficiencies were reportedly found at Hyland’s manufacturing facility, where a federal inspection discovered evidence of “substandard control of the manufacturing operation.” Adding to safety concerns, the FDA received reports of children taking too many of the teething tablets, since they were being packaged in cardboard boxes without child-resistant caps.
Despite “Reformulation,” Alleged Injuries Continue
In the wake of the FDA investigation, Hyland voluntarily recalled its homeopathic teething products. The Tablets and Gels were “re-formulated,” according to the manufacturer, with manufacturing processes “improved to ensure uniformity in dosage.” The products also received a child-resistant cap, Snopes reports, and reappeared on store shelves the next year.
Soon after, Hyland was hit with a class action, in which two mothers accused the company of deceptively advertising its Teething Tablets and Gels. The lawsuit denounced Hyland for advertising the homeopathic products on the basis of supposed benefits, while alleging that the company knew full well that its teething medications contained amounts of active ingredients insufficient to have any effect.
Hyland Teething Tablet Side Effects In Babies
In retrospect, it appears that these serious safety issues may have gone beyond the prior issues found in 2011. Over the next five years, the FDA appears to have received hundreds of reports, describing children who had experienced side effects consistent with belladonna poisoning after being administered Hyland Teething Tablets and Gels. As a result, it is being alleged that these injuries occurred even after the manufacturer’s “reformulation.”
The injuries reported among children include:
- difficulty breathing
- accelerated heart rate
- increased body temperature
- depressed level of consciousness
- lethargy and excessive sleepiness
- agitation, disorientation and hallucinations
- muscle weakness
- dilated pupils
- dry mouth
- skin flushing
- difficulty urinating
With shocking reports from across the country, the FDA has now instructed consumers to stop using the products immediately and throw any remaining tablets or gels away.
Hyland Discontinues Teething Products, No Recall Yet
In response to the warnings of health regulators, Hyland has chosen to discontinue its distribution of the homeopathic teething products. However, at the time of this writing, it appears that no recall has yet been issued by the company, leaving what may be potentially-dangerous products on store shelves throughout the United States.
Thankfully, several major retailers have taken matters into their own hands and pulled Hyland’s teething products. On September 30, 2016, CVS announced a voluntary withdrawal of “all brands of homeopathic teething products,” including the company’s own generic version of Hyland’s Tablets and Gels. Walgreens has also pulled the products, which are no longer available from the pharmacy chain’s website.
Homeopathic Teething Tablet & Gel Lawsuits
There are no homeopathic teething tablets or gels that can be considered safe in children, according to the FDA. The federal agency has instructed caregivers to avoid the following teething products:
- Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets, 13 count
- Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets, 135 count
- Hyland’s Baby Teething Gel, .5 oz
- Hyland’s Teething Gel, .33 oz
- Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Teething Tablets, 135 count
- Baby Orajel Naturals Gel for Teething Pain, .33 oz
- Baby Orajel Naturals Gel for Teething Pain Nighttime Formula, .33 oz
- Baby Orajel Naturals Tablets for Teething Pain, 125 count
- CVS Homeopathic Infant’s Teething Tablet, 135 count
- CVS Homeopathic Infant’s Teething Liquid, .85 oz
The FDA’s most recent warning applies equally to each of these products, as would the potential liability of manufacturers. Our experienced attorneys are investigating possible lawsuits involving Hyland Teething Tablets and Gels, along with the homeopathic products manufactured by Baby Orajel and CVS.
If your child experienced any symptoms of belladonna poisoning, from dry mouth and flushing to vomiting and seizures, we urge you to contact our child injury lawyers today for a free consultation. Learn more about your legal options at no cost and no obligation. Your family may be entitled to significant financial compensation.