CVS Pharmacy withdraws homeopathic baby teething products over health fears

Ten products have been withdrawn across the Orajel Naturals, Hyland's and CVS Pharmacy own-brand ranges

CVS Pharmacy has voluntarily withdrawn all ranges of homeopathic teething products for babies and children, including its own brand.

The decision follows a warning issued by the FDA at the end of September, which stated that this type of product may pose a risk to babies and children, and that consumers should stop using them.

Concerns were raised that the products may cause some children difficulty breathing, lethargy, seizures, excessive sleepiness, weakness, constipation or agitation.

In particular, the FDA is analysing adverse reactions reported to it regarding homeopathic teething tablets and gels.

The FDA confirmed with Cosmetics Business that it is currently investigating the issue including testing product samples, and analysing the adverse event reports. The agency will continue to communicate with the public as more information is available.

Following the FDA announcement, CVS Pharmacy withdrew the Baby Orajel Naturals Gel for Teething Pain, Nighttime Formula and Tablets for Teething Pain. It also withdrew five Hyland’s Baby teething products including gel and tablets, as well as two of its own-brand products including CVS Homeopathic Infant’s Teething Tablet and Liquid.

The US retailer withdrew the products across its retail stores and online at cvs.com, stating that it was in the process of removing the products.

It confirmed it had enforced a ‘do not sell’ block on the company’s store register system, which would prevent further sale of the items in question and help protect consumers.

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