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FDA: Teething Tablets Cited in 10 Deaths, 400 'Adverse Events'

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Hyland's was one of several outlets for the products, including CVS and Walgreen's.

By    |   Friday, 14 Oct 2016 12:11 PM

The FDA is warning against using homeopathic teething tablets and gels for babies, citing reports of 10 deaths and 400 “adverse events” among children who have used them.

The Federal Drug Administration is also encouraging consumers to throw out the teething tablets and gels they now have and that are slowly disappearing from distribution channels of CVS, Hyland’s, Walgreen's and others, and which were also available in retail stores and online, said San Francisco Gate.

And the FDA is telling consumers to seek immediate medical assistance if a child experiences “seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation” after using the teething tablets or gels.

“Teething can be managed without prescription or over-the-counter remedies,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “We recommend parents and caregivers not give homeopathic teething tablets and gels to children and seek advice from their health care professional for safe alternatives.”

A Hyland’s statement issued this week said the company will be stopping its distribution of homeopathic teething remedies in the U.S., plus CVS and Walgreen’s have already taken the items off their shelves, noted SF Gate.

“This decision was made in light of the recent warning issued by the Food & Drug Administration against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels. This warning has created confusion among parents and limited access to the medicines,” the company said in a letter on its website Tuesday, CNN reported.

“Putting you in a position of having to choose who to trust in the face of contradictory information is burdensome and undermines the FDA.”

The FDA also issued a safety alert about the tablets back in 2010, according to CNN, and as a result, Hyland’s issued a recall on the products back then as well.

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