FDA Takes Action Against Teething Products

Image by KMREP/ISTOCK/GETTY IMAGES PLUS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has urged manufacturers of over-the-counter benzocaine products to stop marketing them for treating teething pain in infants and children under the age of 2. The FDA warns the products carry serious risks for this population, and provide little to no benefits for treating teething pain.

Benzocaine is marketed to help relieve pain from a variety of conditions, including teething, sore throat and oral irritation, and these products are sold as gels, sprays, ointments, solutions and lozenges. However, benzocaine can cause methemoglobinemia, which can be life threatening and result in death. The FDA says it will initiate regulatory action to remove these products from the market if companies do not comply. It has also requested that manufacturers add warnings to all other benzocaine oral health products to inform consumers about what it describes as “serious risks.”

 

 

From Decisions in Dentistry. July 2018;4(7):6.

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

ADA Foundation Awards $120,000 in Funding to Eight Organizations 

 The ADA Foundation has awarded a total of $120,000 in funding...

A child smiling
CDC Cautions That Kids Are Using Too Much Toothpaste

Almost 40% or children between the ages of 3 and 6...

Jordan Baugh Joins American Dental Association

The American Dental Association (ADA) has named Jordan Baugh as its...

Study Examines Oral Health and Frailty

Researchers with the Department of Dentistry and Oral Surgery at Hyogo...

DentiMax
DentiMax Inc Complete Cloud Software Empowers Dentists

DentiMax Inc offers a complete, all-in-one, practice management and imaging cloud...

VIZ Intraoral Scanner
VIZ Intraoral Scanner from Adin Digital

The VIZ Intraoral Scanner from Adin Digital combines innovative imaging technologies,...

Sunset Dental Lab
Combination Partial from Sunset Dental Lab

Many patients who need a partial denture complain about the unsightly...

Etch e1
Etch e1 from eDentalProducts.com

The product, e1, manufactured by eDentalProducts.com is a 37% phosphoric acid etching...