Raritan has issued a nationwide recall due to the presence of belladonna in some of its products.
It hasn't been a great fall for parents who favor homeopathic treatments for their kids.
First, the FDA warned us 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.
Now Raritan Pharmaceuticals has 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 (which the company had already removed from shelves in late September, when the FDA's warning was released). The products were tested by the FDA and found to contain small but varying amounts of belladonna, though there have been no reports to date of any harm to kids who used them.
"The recall is a precautionary action," explained Sushant Pradhan, a Raritan Pharmaceuticals rep who told CNN that the recalled products contain only about a nanogram of belladonna, which is "not toxic to anybody."
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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.
For more information, contact Raritan Pharmaceuticals by phone at 1-866-467-2748, or visit the FDA website to complete and submit an online report here: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.