On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration issued a recall for a popular brand of homeopathic teething tablets - but since the product has already been the subject of FDA scrutiny before, consumers might be confused as to exactly which homeopathic teething tablets were recalled.
Standard Homeopathic Company stopped producing and shipping the teething tablets in October, but they could still potentially be found in some stores.
The Standard Homeopathic Company recalled baby teething tablets due to mislabeling.
"We initiated this recall even after discontinuing production last fall because it is appropriate to do what our regulating agency has formally requested", Standard Homeopathic Company cEO J.P. Borneman said.
Consumers who purchased any Hyland's Teething Tablets affected by this recall should discard them immediately or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Far from being a harmless placebo, though, research has shown that many homeopathic treatments, along with herbal and dietary supplements, are improperly produced and oftentimes contain amounts of an ingredient that vary drastically from bottle to bottle, much as the case with Hyland's. In September 2016, the FDA warned against the use of these products after receiving adverse event reports. Anyone with questions should call calling 1-800-991-3376.
In part because of how lightly regulated the supplement and alternative medicine industry is, however, it took years before the FDA took strong action against the Standard Homeopathic company. Consumers who have products which are being recalled should contact the company. If consumers have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using these products, they should contact their physician or healthcare provider.