Hyland’s teething tablet lawsuits are currently being investigated since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports of 400 injured children and 10 deaths that may be linked to belladonna poisoning.
Hyland’s Teething Tablet Recall
There is no current recall of Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets, and the company maintains that there is no scientific link between homeopathically prepared belladonna, Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets, and seizures.
However, in January 2017, the FDA announced that inconsistent amounts of toxic belladonna had been found in certain homeopathic teething tablets, posing an unnecessary risk to infants and children. In response to these findings, the FDA contacted the manufacturer of Hyland’s homeopathic teething products, Standard Homeopathic Company in Los Angeles regarding a recall of its products known to contain belladonna, but the company failed to agree to a recall. The FDA continues to recommend that consumers stop using and dispose of Hyland’s teething tablets immediately.
What is Belladonna?
Belladonna is a poisonous plant native to Europe and parts of Asia. It has been used as a medicine for hundreds of years. Although widely regarded as unsafe, belladonna is frequently used as:
- A sedative
- To treat asthma and whooping cough
- As a cold and hay fever remedy
- For Parkinson’s disease
- To relieve colic and motion sickness
- As a painkiller.
Belladonna is also used in certain homeopathic teething tablets, sometimes far in excess of the amount claimed on the label.
Hyland’s Teething Tablet Lawsuit
In November 2016, a lawsuit was been filed in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, accusing Hyland’s Inc. and other defendants of marketing useless and unsafe teething tablets and gels. The plaintiffs allege that they were never offered a refund for the “worthless” products that were voluntarily withdrawn from the market after the FDA issued warnings associated with their use.