The Food and Drug Administration announced the recall of Hyland's Baby Teething Tablets on Friday.
Even though the Food and Drug Administration warned the public in 2016 about elevated levels of belladonna, a potentially risky toxin, in homeopathic teething tablets produced by Hyland's - and then confirmed this risk in January - the products remained on store shelves and in family's medicine cabinets.
Belladonna poses a serious health hazard to children, the FDA says.
The Company stopped making and shipping the medicines nationwide in October 2016. It said it's notifying distributors and stores to return any leftover products, while consumers should throw them out.
"Belladonna is a natural plant that has been used for centuries", she said.More news: Scandal Episode 100 - "The Decision"
They are distributed by the Standard Homeopathic Company, based in Santa Monica, California. It is also used rectally in hemorrhoid suppositories. Some of the functions regulated by the nervous system include salivation, sweating, pupil size, digestive functions, and others.
Over the past decade, parents and doctors have reported to the FDA that their children experienced severe side effects soon after using a Hyland's teething product, from seizure and trouble breathing to coma and death. In September 2016, the FDA warned against the use of these products after receiving adverse event reports.
Ever since they issued the alert, they received over 400 reports of adverse events linked to the use of teething tablets with belladonna.
After the FDA warned parents against using homeopathic teething tablets and gels a year ago, the company had announced in October that it would stop distributing the products in the United States. However, whether the tablets were exclusively responsible for the deaths is now under investigation.