The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning users of Zicam pharmaceutical products about serious adverse effects caused by these unsafe drugs that have reportedly caused loss in sense of smell among hundreds of consumers. According to an ABC News report, these over-the-counter Zicam cold remedies contain zinc, an ingredient scientists say may damage nerves in the nose needed for smell. The products affected by the FDA’s announcement include adult and kid-size Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs.
According to the FDA, about 130 consumers have reported a loss in sense of smell after using Matrixx Initiatives’ Zicam products since 1999. Zicam cold medications never received formal approval from the FDA because they were part of a small group of medications that are not required to undergo federal review. Loss in sense of smell can not only seriously affect your quality of life, but can also be potentially life threatening. For example, people without a sense of smell may not be able to detect hazardous situations such as a fire or a gas leak.
If you or a loved one has suffered a loss in sense of smell as a result of using these defective Zicam medications, please call the experienced pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at Anapol Weiss for a free evaluation of your case. We will fight for your legal rights and make sure that you receive fair compensation for your damages and loss.
In addition to securing compensation for Pennsylvania personal injury victims, we also believe that a product liability lawsuit is the consumer’s most effect weapon against unreasonably dangerous products. While regulations often lack the authority to give defective product manufacturers more than a slap on the wrist, a product liability lawsuit allows the individual consumer to hold the manufacturer accountable for putting those dangerous products in the market without proper testing or evaluation. Call Anapol Weiss today for more information regarding your case.