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Medical News & Perspectives
February 28, 2017

Amid Reports of Infant Deaths, FTC Cracks Down on Homeopathy While FDA Investigates

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JAMA. 2017;317(8):793-795. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.19090

Last August, an infant was rushed from her home to a hospital after seizing for about 25 minutes. Unresponsive, she began to turn blue while gasping for air. At the hospital, she was diagnosed with status epilepticus—a prolonged seizure. The child had no known medical problems or allergies but had recently been given homeopathic teething tablets for the first time. The pills—whose active ingredient is a poisonous plant called belladonna—were the only medication she had taken in the days leading up to the event.