Homeopathy company launches nationwide recall of tablets blamed for infant seizures
One of the nation’s largest homeopathy companies announced Thursday that it was recalling all of its infant teething tablets at the request of US regulators, following reports that the tablets had caused seizures and other severe complications in hundreds of infants.
The company, Standard Homeopathic, said it was recalling the tablets at the request of the Food and Drug Administration, which had concluded that they contained inconsistent amounts of belladonna, an herb known colloquially as “deadly nightshade.”
In diluted form, the substance was not expected to pose any health risk. But over a 10-year period, from 2006 to 2016, the FDA collected reports of “adverse events” in hundreds of infants who had been given the product, according to a STAT investigation. Some became delirious; others had to be rushed to the hospital after their legs and arms began twitching.