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Friday, October 29, 2010

Recall of Hyland’s Teething Tablets

The company that makes Hyland's Teething Tablets is now under investigation by the FDA for irregularities in manufacturing that may have caused inconsistent amounts of the active ingredient, belladonna, which showed up in the FDA's laboratory testing.

Belladonna comes from a plant in the nightshade family used as both a medicine and a poison since antiquity. The belladonna alkaloids in Hyland's Teething Tablets are intended to relieve teething-related symptoms in children, but in higher doses can cause:

  • Agitation
  • Difficulty or slowed breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Depressed level of consciousness
  • Constipation
  • Trouble urinating
  • Dry skin and mouth
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Sleepiness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Seizures
  • Muscle weakness

Reports of adverse effects that fit the symptom profile of belladonna toxicity combined with dosage inconsistency found in lab tests prompted the FDA to issue a warning that instructs parents to stop using Hyland's Teething Tablets and to discard any remaining tablets.

In response, the manufacturer of Hyland's Teething Tablets has issued a voluntary defective product recall and submitted to investigation by the FDA. The company claims that Hyland's Teething Tablets are safe and that the recall was issued in "an abundance of caution."

If your child shows any of the symptoms listed above after using Hyland's Teething Tablets, contact your physician right away to check for belladonna toxicity. Parents can report adverse effects of Hyland's Teething Tablets to the FDA's Medwatch program online or by calling 1-800-332-1088.

As a law firm with experience in defective product lawsuits, The Cochran Firm is ready to help families seek compensation for any injuries caused by this defective product.

If your child has become sick or been injured by Hyland's Teething Tablets, please contact the product liability attorneys of The Cochran Firm today for a free evaluation of your case.

posted by Benjamin A. Irwin at 12:35 PM

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