Recent Actions of the Food and Drug Administration Against Illegal Homeopathic Products
Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the USA is charged with protecting the American public from products that are adulterated, misbranded or which fit the federal definition of ‘health fraud.’ One company, the Standard Homeopathic Company and its Hyland's line of homeopathic remedies, has violated all three of these laws. Hyland's Teething Tablets have injured babies through toxic amounts of belladonna, and it makes numerous unsupported medical claims for non-prescription products that violate misbranding laws. Further, since the products lack any evidence of safety and efficacy, they fit the FDA definition of ‘health fraud.’ The FDA has attempted to force Standard Homeopathic to follow the relevant laws, but the company has not so far fully corrected the illegal acts.