The FDA warned parents and caregivers not to use “Bo Ying compound” manufactured by Eu Yan Sang (Hong Kong) Ltd. due to the potential lead poisoning risk associated with the product.
The powdered product is marketed in retail outlets and online for use in infants and children for treatment of a variety of conditions including influenza, fever, sneezing, and nasal discharge. The product is labeled in Chinese and English.
Parents and caregivers are advised to not purchase or use this product. Anyone using this product or providing it to a child should immediately consult a health care professional.
Exposure to lead can cause serious damage to the central nervous system, the kidneys, and the immune system. In children, chronic exposure to lead, even at low levels, is associated with impaired cognitive function, including reduced IQ, behavioral difficulties, and other problems.
The FDA learned of this risk from the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene after the product was tested and found to contain high levels of lead. The FDA has received one adverse event report of lead poisoning in an 18-month-old child who was given this product.
See the FDA Safety Announcement
See also Medical Law Perspectives, May 2013 Report: Drugs, Dosage, and Damage: Physician Liability for Prescribing or Administering Medication
See also Medical Law Perspectives, April 2013 Report: Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Practitioner Liability