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Posted May 19, 2018

Homeopathic Teething Drops, Nausea Drops, Silver-Zinc Throat Spray & More Recalled

On May 18, 2018, MBI Distributing, Inc. issued a recall of all lots of its homeopathic Teething Drops, Nausea Drops, Intestinal Colic Drops, Stomach Calm, Expectorant Cough Syrup, Silver-Zinc Throat Spray, and Argentum Elixir because the products were manufactured with a lack of adequate controls, which increases the probability that products will vary in strength, quality and purity.

Using these products could result in an adverse reaction, especially in vulnerable populations such as infants and children.

The recalled products were distributed nationwide to health care professionals, retail stores, and consumers. They are sold in liquid oral dosage form in sizes from 1 fluid ounce to 8 fluid ounces and can be identified by the following:
  • Teething Drops, Size: 1 Fluid Ounce, UPC: 58301-04011

  • Nausea Drops, Size: 1 Fluid Ounce, UPC: 58301-05711

  • Intestinal Colic Drops, Size: 1 Fluid Ounce, UPC: 58301-04211

  • Stomach Calm, Size: 8 Fluid Ounces, UPC: 58301-38414

  • Expectorant Cough Syrup, Size: 8 Fluid Ounces, UPC: 58301-08214

  • Argentum Elixir, Size: 8 Fluid Ounces, UPC: 58301-18114

  • Silver/Zinc Throat Spray, Size: 4 Fluid Ounces, UPC: 58301-18118
Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should stop using them and discard.

Homeopathy has been in use since the 1700s and is based on the philosophy that diluted substances have the ability to stimulate the body to heal itself. For example, the homeopathic "Law of Similars" states that a substance that produces a certain set of symptoms in a healthy person has the power to cure a sick person manifesting those same symptoms -- although usually the substance is given in minute quantities. 

However, in 2017 the European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC) concluded there was a lack of evidence that homeopathic products are effective, and raised concerns about quality control. In 2015 in the U.S. the FTC released a statement, which read, in part, "for the majority of over-the-counter homeopathic drugs the case for efficacy is based solely on traditional homeopathic theories and there are no valid studies using current scientific methods showing the product's efficacy. 

See related Warnings:

FTC Announces New Enforcement Policy on Homeopathic Drug Claims

FDA Warns Against Company's Unsafe Teething Tablets

Hyland's Baby Teething Tablets and Nighttime Teething Tablets Recalled

Homeopathic Teething Tablets and Gels May Pose Danger, FDA Warns

Don't Rely on Homeopathic Asthma Products, FDA Warns

Homeopathic Company Warned For Drug Claims and Improper Labeling

Homeopathic Manufacturer Settles False Advertising Suit

Homeopathic Products Recalled Due to Allergy Risk

To read the FDA's complete recall notice, use the link below.