Zicam Side Effect – Loss of Smell
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an announcement in July 2009 urging consumers to discontinue use of Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related products after reports emerged linking the homeopathic treatments with permanent loss of smell. The FDA received more than 130 reports of anosmia (loss of smell) since the products’ debut in 1999.
Zinc, one of the main components of Zicam’s cold remedy treatments, is believed to cause permanent nerve damage in nasal tissues and affect consumers’ ability to smell. Loss of the sense of smell could lead to life threatening situations, including the inability to detect gas leaks or fires.
Zicam Loss of Smell
In 2003, Matrixx Initiatives, Inc., the manufacturer of Zicam products, came under fire after consumers stated Zicam products caused anosmia. The company dispelled the link claiming their products contain naturally occurring compounds and a neutral pH. However, many consumer reports mentioned that application of the product may cause a sensation of pain, an indication that the products caused damage.
Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gels and products are considered homeopathic treatments and are not subject to FDA approval before being released on the market. Upon reviewing consumer reports, the FDA now requires Zicam products meet formal approval. Matrixx Initiatives Inc. is considering withdrawing Zicam products from the market, a decision that could cost them almost 40 percent of their total sales.
Zicam Side Effects Lawsuit
The defective drug attorneys of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis and Overholtz have vast experiencing in filing claims against Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. for Zicam victims. In 2006, the Zicam lawyers of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis and Overholtz settled more than 300 lawsuits and earned more than $12 million of compensation for their clients. If you or someone you love has lost their sense of smell after using Zicom nasal products, you may be eligible for compensation.
Contact the Pensacola defective drug lawyers from the law offices of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis and Overholtz today at (844) 794-7402 and begin your journey toward justice.