Hylands Teething Tablet Lawsuit
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.
What is Belladonna?
Belladonna is a poisonous plant native to Europe and parts of Asia that has been used as a homeopathic medicine for centuries. Although widely regarded as unsafe to eat, belladonna is frequently used in homeopathic medicines to treat the following ailments:
- Parkinsons disease
- Whooping cough
- Cold and hay fever
- Motion sickness
Belladonna is also used in certain homeopathic teething tablets used to calm a teething baby, but it now appears that the amount of belladonna used in these products are inconsistent and the amount may be toxic to infants.
Janet Woodcok, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, is now warning parents:
“We recommend that parents and caregivers not give these homeopathic teething tablets to children and seek advice from their health care professional for safe alternatives.”
According to the FDA, products like Hyland’s Homeopathic teething tablets and gels that contain belladonna puts children under the age of two years old at unnecessary risk.
Homeopathic Teething Products Not FDA-Approved or Recalled
Contrary to common belief, homeopathic teething products have been neither evaluated nor approved by the FDA for safety and effectiveness, and the agency is unaware of a proven health benefit from using them, although they are labeled to relieve teething symptoms in babies and young children.
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.
According to the FDA, Hyland’s has not agreed to conduct a recall of their toxic products and instead, Hyland’s sent conflicting messages to weary parents. In a recent Facebook post on the Hyland’s Facebook Page, a concerned parent asked about the FDA warning to which Hyland’s replied:
“we cannot understand a factual basis for the FDA’s release.”
Furthermore, a Hyland’s executive posted a video response to these inquiries that noted:
“even doctors jump to wrong conclusions.”
Manufacturers that put profits over public safety by not telling the truth about the risks, should be held accountable for the injuries that result. These are dangerous reactions to an FDA warning and to news that these products may be tied to the death of an infant.
Instead of immediately removing the products from the market, as instructed by the FDA, The CEO of Hylands appeared to be most concerned about the loss of jobs at his company as a result of these warnings. In a recent interview with CNN, John P. (“Jay”) Borneman noted that the discontinued sale of these products:
“sadly resulted in the loss of 24 jobs.”
Should I File a Hylands Teething Tablet Lawsuit?
A corporation, by definition is profit seeking. There is no requirement that a corporation act morally. Unfortunately, too often we see dangerous products remain on the market when corporations prioritize profit over people, as we believe is the case with Hylands Teething Tablets.
If Standard Homeopathic Company had warned parents of the risk of soothing their children with belladonna and parents had still used the product, there would be no case. But, as we noted above, we are pursuing lawsuits on behalf of families who were not warned of these risks and who would never have used Hylands Teething Tablets if they had known of the risk associated with the product.