November 28, 2016 — CVS has recalled more homeopathic teething tablets and ear-drops after the FDA found inconsistent amounts of belladonna (“deadly nightshade”) in the products.
Belladonna is also known as “deadly nightshade.” It belongs to the same family as tomatoes and potatoes. Unlike these food staples, belladonna is extremely toxic — even in small amounts.
The FDA said the products had a “very small amount of belladonna,” but the substance “can cause harm at larger doses.” The agency did not say how much belladonna they found, only that the amount did not match what was on the label.
The following products were recalled by Raritan Pharmaceuticals, a contract manufacturer for Homeolab USA and the CVS store-brand.:
- CVS Homeopathic Infants’ Teething Tablet (pulled off store shelves on September 30, 2016)
- Kids Relief Ear Relief Oral Liquid (Homeolab USA)
- CVS Homeopathic Kids’ Ear Relief Liquid
Last month, the FDA said it would start testing more homeopathic products for belladonna. The agency said it received 400 injury reports — including 10 infant deaths — since their last warning in 2010. That was when Hyland’s Homeopathic Teething Tablets were recalled due to inconsistent amounts of belladonna.
There were reports of children who had seizures and other symptoms of belladonna poisoning — fevers, shortness of breath, lethargy, constipation, vomiting, sleeplessness, agitation, irritability, and death.
Parents might confuse some of the symptoms of belladonna poisoning for the symptoms of an ear-ache or teething. This could lead to a baby being given higher doses of belladonna.
Ear-aches are very common in children under 3 years old because their immune system is not fully developed. Teething starts at 6 months of age and continues for 2-3 years. Poisonous substances are especially dangerous at that age, even in small amounts.
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