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What’s in the medication you give your child? The tablet to relieve the symptoms of an ear infection or a stomach flu?

Most parents don’t know.  They depend on the medication’s makers to safeguard the health of their child. However, one recent case demonstrates that those makers aren’t always dependable.

The makers of Hyland’s Teething Tablets, an over-the-counter, homeopathic product meant to soothe the effects of teething in children, recalled the tablets late last month after lab analysis by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revealed that the product contained inconsistent – and thus dangerous – amounts of belladonna.

Commonly called deadly nightshade, belladonna is a plant whose leaves and berries are extremely toxic and can cause, in large enough quantities, symptoms such as increased heart rate, increased body temperature, agitation, disorientation and hallucinations. The substance has long been used as medicine, and Hyland’s Teething Tablets were supposed to contain small, carefully controlled doses of it. The FDA analysis showed that the doses were not being controlled carefully enough, and the agency had already received reports of “serious adverse events” in children using the product.

If your child has been harmed by Hyland’s Teething Tablets or any other drug, contact Hodes Milman Liebeck for a free case evaluation. We’re aggressive personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers based in Los Angeles, serving all of California. We have the experience to take on the pharmaceutical companies and have achieved million-dollar verdicts for our clients. For a free consultation, call us toll-free at 866-730-1976 or submit the contact form via our website, www.hodesmilman.com.