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Teething Tablets Linked to 10 Children’s Deaths, Hundreds of Adverse Events

At least 400 adverse event reports have been linked to the use of homeopathic teething tablets, according to the FDA.

At least 400 adverse event reports — including the deaths of 10 children — have been linked to the use of homeopathic teething tablets, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If your child or other loved one was injured by teething tablets, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

What’s the Problem?

October 13, 2016 – FDA has launched an investigation into the adverse events associated with teething tablets, as “the relationship of these deaths to the homeopathic teething products has not yet been determined and is currently under review,” the agency said.

Side effects of teething tablets may include:

  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Sleepiness
  • Tremors
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Death

Hyland’s Suspend Distribution of Teething Products

Hyland’s, a major distributor of homeopathic teething tablets and gels, said it had not been made aware of any data regarding the link between teething tablets and the above adverse events. However, the company agreed to halt distribution of the products pending results of the investigation.

“Hyland’s has not been made aware of any data that supports the claims in the warning against our teething tablets and gels,” the company said. “Our understanding is that the Food and Drug Administration’s investigation of these products is still ongoing.”

Is There a Recall?

No recall for teething tablets is currently in effect. However, in October 2010, the FDA warned consumers to stop using and discard Hyland’s Teething Tablets after the agency received multiple adverse event reports associated with a potentially toxic ingredient called belladonna in the product. Hyland’s responded by recalling its teething tablets and reformulating them to reduce the amount of belladonna.

FDA’s most recent warning has not led to another recall of the products. However, CVS and Walgreens agreed to stop selling and pull all remaining stocks of their teething remedies following the agency’s warning.

Benzocaine in OTC Teething Remedies May Be Dangerous: FDA Warning

In April 2011, FDA issued a warning about the risks of using teething medications that contain benzocaine on very young children. Studies have linked benzocaine to an increased risk for methemoglobinemia, a potentially life-threatening blood disorder in which a large amount of hemoglobin – the oxygen-carrying molecule found in red blood cells – builds up in the blood.

Benzocaine products used to treat teething pain in children are sold under the following brand names:

  • Anbesol
  • Hurricane
  • Orajel
  • Baby Orajel
  • Orabase
  • numerous store brands

Do I Have a Teething Tablet Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in teething tablet lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if your child was injured by teething tablets, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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