Raritan recalls homeopathic products due to potentially poisonous ingredient

Raritan recalls homeopathic products due to potentially poisonous ingredient

Raritan Pharmaceuticals Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for multiple homeopathic products over uncertainty about the amount of potentially toxic belladonna extract, according to a MedWatch alert by the U. S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

A number of homeopathic products for kids contain belladonna in very small amount. In spite of carrying the Italian term for "beautiful lady," belladonna can cause serious side effect and harm if consumed in larger doses. For instance, it can block functions of the body's nervous system.

The federl agency said in a statement, "The FDA has tested some products and recovered varying levels of belladonna extract content from what is declared on the label."

Raritan is a contract manufacturer of the recalled products for Homeolab USA, which supplies the belladonna blends to the manufacturer.

The affected products are: UPC: 050428424162: CVS Homeopathic Infants' Teething Tablet, 135 tablets; UPC: 778159090639: Kids Relief Homeopathic Ear Relief Oral Liquid; and UPC: 050428441633: CVS Homeopathic Kids' Ear Relief Liquid.

The drug maker said it recalled the product out of an abundance of caution, and advised consumers with any of the recalled products to immediately stop using the drugs and contact a qualified physician in case they experience any problems related to use of these products.

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