Bad news for parents who favor homeopathic treatments for their kids: King Bio recently recalled 32 child and infant medications due to “microbial contamination.”
King Bio released a statement about the voluntary recall on Wednesday, which claimed that “a small percentage” of products produced between August 1, 2017, and April 2018 tested positive for microbial contamination. These products were distributed from August 2017 to July 2018.
The recalled medications include treatments for chickenpox, stomach aches, nose bleeds, ear pain, coughing, and more. Thirteen of the products are from SafeCare Rx, a brand used only by medical professionals.
According to King Bio’s statement, “Administration or use of drug products with microbial contamination, could potentially result in increased infections that may require medical intervention, and could result in infections that could be life threatening to certain individuals.”
The recall was made out of “an abundance of caution,” and the company hasn’t yet received any reports of injury or illness. Still, if you have any of the recalled items in your home, the FDA advises you to stop using them at once and consult a doctor if any adverse reactions or health problems occur.
This isn’t the first time the homeopathic treatment industry has fallen on tough times. Almost two years ago, Raritan Pharmaceuticals issued a nationwide recall of all of its homeopathic kids' products that contain belladonna, including Kids Relief Homeopathic Ear Relief Oral Liquid, CVS Homeopathic Kids' Ear Relief Liquid, and CVS Homeopathic Infants' Teething Tablets.
Around the same time, the FDA warned against using homeopathic teething tablets and gels, citing a potential risk to infants and children after 10 deaths were reported. Though officials weren't positive about the cause at the time, the FDA suggested the deaths could be attributed to harmful amounts of belladonna extract—which can sometimes be fatal—found in the products.