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Reports Continue to Grow with Zicam Recall

Submitted by Anonymous on Aug 10th, 2009

The FDA’s warning has been in effect since June 2009 and over 130 consumers had reported complete or partial loss of smell. The FDA advised consumers to stop using three Zicam cold remedy products: Nasal Gel, Nasal Swabs and Swabs, Kids Size.

“Loss of sense of smell is a serious risk for people who use these products for relief from cold symptoms,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). The FDA is encouraging consumers to contact their health providers.

This is an over-the-counter drug that has an active ingredient called Zinc Gluconate that has been known to cause loss of smell as far back as the 1930’s when it was first used to treat polio. As we reported in an earlier Zicam blog, the company, Matrixx Initiatives, had settled over 300 lawsuits stemming from the use of the drug and over 800 claims.

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