In these "Medical Minute," WABE senior correspondent Jim Burress and medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox discuss homeopathy – more specifically a line of homeopathic teething tablets and gels produced by Hyland’s Homeopathic.
The Hyland’s products are the target of two recent FDA warnings, and were recalled once before back in 2010. The FDA has received reports of deaths, seizures and unresponsive episodes in children who’ve taken these teething pain relievers. Ultimately, the agency performed testing that showed inconsistent levels of a toxin called belladonna in the drugs. Remarkably, Hyland’s refused to recall its drugs, so they remain on the market, meaning Vox was able to purchase them from Groupon.
Belladonna is a toxin, and you might wonder why anyone would put a toxin in any drug, whether for a baby or anyone else. These are homeopathic drugs, which are based on theories that are over 200 years old and aren’t supported by modern science.
Tune in to learn more, and read this special report by Vox for The Daily Beast.
For More Information:
- FDA confirms elevated levels of belladonna in certain homeopathic teething products
- FTC Issues Enforcement Policy Statement Regarding Marketing Claims for Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Drugs
- Federal Trade Commission Staff Report on the Homeopathic Medicine & Advertising Workshop
- National Health and Medical Research Council of the Australian Government: Statement on Homeopathy and information paper on the effectiveness of homeopathy for treating health conditions.
- Regulating Homeopathic Products — A Century of Dilute Interest
- Should doctors recommend homeopathy?
- Seizures caused by ingestion of Atropa belladonna in a homeopathic medicine in a previously well infant: case report and review of the literature.
- Mom: Baby's seizures caused by teething tablets
- Homeopathic remedies harmed hundreds of babies, families say, as FDA investigated for years