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Homeopathic Kids' Products Recalled Over Belladonna Scare

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Closeup of bottles with belladonna pills used in homeopathic remedies. (Milanmarkovic/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Tuesday, 29 Nov 2016 02:09 PM

Several homeopathic kids' products have been recalled by Raritan Pharmaceuticals because the products might contain varying levels of belladonna extract, which can be dangerous or fatal when consumed in large doses.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last week that the drug company was recalling the CVS Homeopathic Infants' Teething Tablet (135 tablets) with the UPC No. 050428424162; Kids Relief Homeopathic Ear Relief Oral Liquid 0.85 fluid ounces, Lot: 35254 with the UPC No. 778159090639; and CVS Homeopathic Kids' Ear Relief Liquid 0.85 fluid ounces, Lot: 33149 with the UPC No. 050428441633.

"The recall is a precautionary action," Sushant Pradhan, a Raritan Pharmaceuticals representative told CNN. "Belladonna can be toxic in high doses. But there are very trace amounts of (belladonna) in these products."

Raritan Pharmaceuticals, which has been around since 2004, creates "innovative and generic pharmaceuticals, consumer products, medical devices and high-end cosmetics," according to the company's website.

Bloomberg wrote that the company, which is based in New Jersey, sells products through a network of retail chains and drug distributors in the United States, and exports to Europe, the Middle East, and South America.

"The (FDA) has tested some products and recovered varying levels of belladonna extract content from what is declared on the label," said the administration statement. "Raritan Pharmaceuticals is a contract manufacturer of these products for Homeolab USA that supplies the belladonna blends to Raritan Pharmaceuticals.

"… The homeopathic products have a very small amount of belladonna, a substance that can cause harm at larger doses. The company is voluntarily recalling the product out of an abundance of caution," the statement continued.

The FDA is advising those who have purchased the products, which were distributed nationwide, to stop using them immediately and contact a physician if there are any health concerns, according to CNN.

Fox News reported that recall comes two months after a teething tablets and gels recall by Hyland, which may have been linked to 10 deaths and more than 400 adverse events.

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