Homeopathic teething products designed to relieve pain associated with teething symptoms are linked to serious sometimes fatal outcomes in children. Teething Tablet Lawsuit are moving forward.
Teething Tablet Lawsuit Leads to Wrongful Death
The first teething tablets lawsuit was filed on April 21, 2017 alleging that Bryan Morales II and Delyla Sanchez experienced belladonna poisoning as a result of taking hyland teething tablets leading to the wrongful death of Delyla. The Morales and Sanchez family allege that hyland teething tablets were sold to them in an unreasonably dangerous condition and that they were not warned of the potential risks and toxic effects of the teething products. Individuals interested in more information on Hylands Teething Tablets Lawsuit 2017, should refer to our blog with details on the teething tablets lawsuit.
Hyland Teething Tablets – Big Profits, Little Regulation
Every parent knows the horrible feeling of not being able to help a teething child. We have all searched for ways to end the misery we see our precious infants go through new teeth come in. So, it is no surprise that products claiming to give “natural relief” to teething infants would be highly sought after. Homeopathic medicine is a booming industry and continues to grow substantially. According to a 2007 study, US adults spent an estimated $2.9 billion on the purchase of homeopathic medicine, which has since increased to approximately $6.4 billion in 2012. Homeopathic drugs are derived from botanical, mineral or biological substances. The homeopathic teething tablets have been reported to include the following ingredients:
- Chamomile to relieve irritation
- Coffee seeds for calming
- Calcium phosphate for growing teeth
- Belladonna to relieve inflammation
It is this last ingredient, Belladonna that is believed to be linked to the heart-breaking adverse events reported in infants. Belladonna is a poisonous plant also known as deadly nightshade whose roots and leaves are used to make a variety of medicines such as sedatives, cough suppressants and painkillers.
Hylands Teething Tablets involved in supplement recall because of link to infant seizures and death – teething tablet lawsuits moving forward.
Homeopathic Remedies and Teething Products
Studies have repeatedly shown that homeopathic remedies work no better than placebos, but parents of infants continue to spend more on homeopathic teething products because we are led to believe that homeopathic is the better option.
Sadly, it may take the filing of a few tablets lawsuit to bring about the awareness that is needed to keep belladonna out of the hands of our infants. Lawyers are currently talking to the families of children that have experienced serious sometimes fatal adverse events while using homeopathic teething tablets.
Adverse Events Linked to Teething Products
|Seizures||Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)|
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The FDA is warning that homeopathic teething tablets may lead to seizures or even death for infants.
“Consumers should seek medical care immediately if their child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels.”
This is the second time that the FDA has issued a safety alert about the risk of adverse events in infants using these homeopathic tablets and gels. In 2010, the FDA issued a similar safety alert, which prompted Hyland Homeopathic (one of the manufacturers of “Natural Teething Relief”) to remove their products from the market temporarily. These products returned to the market and similar adverse events have been reported since the products return. Since 2010, the FDA is aware of 400 reports of seizures, fever and vomiting, as well as 10 deaths. The FDA continues to investigate these homeopathic medicines.
According to the National Institute of Health, belladonna poisoning can lead to baby teething seizures and is likely unsafe when taken by mouth. It contains chemicals that can be toxic and side effects can include dry mouth, enlarged pupils, blurred vision, red dry skin, fever, fast heartbeat, inability to urinate or sweat, hallucinations, spasms, mental problems, convulsions and coma.
So, why is a product widely regarded as unsafe included in the list of ingredients for our most vulnerable citizens – our infants?
Because the FDA does not test homeopathic and herbal supplements for safety or effectiveness. Instead, homeopathic drugs must meet the standards established by the same people who profit from them -– The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS). Members, who are in the business of homeopathy, govern HPUS.
As long as the HPUS includes belladonna in their “Official Homeopathic Drug” list, it may legally be included in a homeopathic medicine, even medicines given to infants.
Hyland’s Teething Tablet Recall Timeline
Sep 08, 2010
FDA Inspects Hyland’s Manufacturing Facility
Oct 23, 2010
FDA warns parents to stop using Hyland’s Teething Tablets because of "varying amounts of belladonna" and inspects Hyland’s manufacturing facility
Oct 23, 2010
Hyland’s issues a nationwide recall of its teething tablets and note that they have identified manufacturing process that could be improved to insure uniformity in dosing.
Apr 29, 2011
FDA sends a warning letter to Hylands identifying significant violations found during inspection of facility.
Hyland’s begins selling and marketing a "reformulated" version of the Teething Tablets.
Jan 27, 2017
FDA confirms "inconsistent amounts of toxic belladonna was found in certain homeopathic teething tablets, posing an unnecessary risk to infants and children"
Apr 7, 2017
FDA sends a Class 1 recall to Hylands because "there is a reasonable probability that the use will cause serious adverse health consequences or death."
CVS, Hyland’s, Orajel and other manufacturers of homeopathic teething tablets have announced that they will or already have recalled and/or removed their infant teething products from retail and online stores in the U.S. Hylands Homeopathic has issued a public statement noting that
while the company has decided to remove the medicines from the U.S., they are confident that any available Hyland’s teething products, including those you already have, are safe for use.
Hyland is also adding to the confusion that currently faces parents by providing website links to online vendors of their products. It is unclear if the two current online vendor links on the Hyland website are located outside the U.S. Despite the confusion from the homeopathic manufacturer, the FDA is clear. The FDA is advising consumers not to use the homeopathic medicine for teething and is instead joining the American Academy of Pediatrics in recommending gently rubbing or massaging a teething child’s gums to relieve pain or use a teething ring. According to Janet Woodcock, MD, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research:
Teething can be managed without prescription or over-the-counter remedies
Frequently Asked Questions
Sometimes you need a lawyer near you and sometimes its best to hire a lawyer based on the lawyer’s resources and experiences. The right lawyer for mass-tort litigations may not be your local lawyer. Mass tort cases filed all over the country are often consolidated into a single courtroom in order to move the many lawsuits through the courts in the most effective and efficient way. A lawyer experienced with the multidistrict litigation process with the ability to represent clients in all 50 states, is likely to be a good fit for mass tort litigation.
TruLaw is not afraid to take on companies like Standard homeopathic/Hylands. We work with trusted legal affiliates to make sure that TruLaw clients have the resources and experiences needed to hold big business accountable when they put profits over people.
The goal of your teething tablet lawsuit is to help your family financially recover from injuries that were caused by someone else. We hope putting your trust in TruLaw will take away your concern of protecting your legal rights, but it is most important to us that your child stops taking the teething tablets if they are still in the home and that you attend to his or her medical needs.
Your child’s lawsuit should assist in covering any medical bills that occurred as a result of the belladonna toxicity, the amount of income and benefits that you lost as a result caring for your child and, if your child’s injuries are permanent, we will look to recover for these permanent injuries as well.
In addition, it is always our hope that your lawsuit will help us to remove dangerous products from the market. We are not only lawyers, but also safety advocates that believe in getting information out to the public so no more people are injured. We hope you will join us in the role as a safety advocate to make sure that individuals understand that Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets are dangerous and should be removed from use.
There have been no discussions of teething tablet lawsuit settlements as the first cases were filed in April, 2017 and we are early in building these cases. We understand the frustration in waiting to hear about settlements in product liability lawsuits. TruLaw lawyers building our cases with an eye on winning in court as well as settlement, when we believe that is the best result for our clients. We will never settle without advising you of your options, and we will keep you posted on our progress, to the extent we are legally able.
We often hear injured people refer to their personal injury case as a “class action” because their case was grouped together in a lawsuit with other injured people. This is most often NOT the case. Often, individual cases are grouped together so the attorneys and judge can address common procedural issues initially, saving time for the injured parties and the court, but this is very generally referred to as a “mass tort.”
A Mass tort refers to civil actions involving numerous plaintiffs against one or a few corporate defendants in state or federal court. Class actions are mass torts that are generally used on financial losses and multidistrict litigations (MDL) are generally used on personal injury claims, often in product liability cases. MDL is a procedural tool used when plaintiffs have incurred injuries from products manufactured by the same defendant(s). Even when plaintiffs incur injuries from the same defendant(s), the amount of damages they may recover for those injuries are often substantially different from other plaintiffs included in the same lawsuit.
It is important to understand that mass tort cases are an effective tool to getting the attention of the large drug and device companies. MDLs assist lawyers in determining exactly what the drug and device companies knew about the risks their products caused and whether or not they should have warned consumers. Too often, consumers believe that they can file a single lawsuit and get the attention of big drug companies. This is very hard to do.
Technically, MDLs do not happen until a judicial panel transfers individual cases to a single court. Depending on when your lawsuit is filed, you may find yourself automatically transferred to the MDL court or you may wait to learn when and if the JPML believes an MDL is the proper venue for the mass tort.
But, rest assured, even if your case is included in an MDL, TruLaw lawyers will treat your injuries, your medical history and your financial needs separately. We are aware that not all cases are the same.
A corporation, by definition is profit seeking. There is no requirement that a corporation act morally. Unfortunately, too often we see dangerous drugs, devices and products, even homeopathic products, remain on the market when corporations prioritize profit over people. If these same corporations warn consumers of these risks, there is no case. We only pursue lawsuits on behalf of individuals who were not warned of the risk associated with the dangerous drug, device or product on the market. TruLaw is pursuing Hylands Teething Tablet lawsuits because we believe consumers were not properly warned of the risks of injury from belladonna poisoning.