Teething Tablets Linked to 10 Deaths, FDA Issues Advisory

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating 10 childhood deaths and 400 adverse events that may be related to the use of homeopathic teething tablets. The FDA also warned parents to avoid using teething tablets and gels and see a doctor immediately if their child is experiencing problems.

Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said, “Teething can be managed without prescription or over-the-counter remedies.” The FDA has not approved or evaluated teething tablets or gels, nor are they aware of any proven health benefits of the products.

Consumers are advised to refrain from purchasing these products until the FDA concludes its investigation.

Read the FDA’s official statement here: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm523468.htm

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Ashton DeLano is a junior at the George Washington University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Economics with minors in Business Administration and Computer Science. He intends to cover developments in the health and energy sectors and the impact of new technologies on the consumer.

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