Public Warning: Fixodent Denture Cream Can Cause Serious Health Complications.
Denture adhesive creams have been available to the public for over thirty years, with over 30 million users in the United States. While denture adhesive creams can serve a beneficial purpose, many of these products, such as Fixodent (manufactured by Proctor & Gamble), have been linked to several serious complications due to the presence of zinc, a mineral added to the cream.
Specifically, reports demonstrate that the high levels of this mineral are associated with the following serious adverse health effects:
- Zinc poisoning
- Copper deficiencies
- Tingling and Numbness
- Loss of balance, feeling or sensation
- Inexplicable pain in the body
- Decreased mobility
- Increase incidences of falling
- Loss of muscle strength
FDA Warnings Regarding the Use of Fixodent
After having received over 350 complaints from people who have suffered complications associated with the use of Fixodent, the FDA strongly urged P&G and other denture adhesive cream manufactures to remove zinc from their ingredient list. Furthermore, according to an FDA Notice and Recommendation Action issued in February of 2011, the FDA asserted that being overexposed to zinc can lead to serious health consequences, such as zinc toxicity. In addition, the FDA also issued a warning in October of 2011, noting that denture adhesive creams such as Fixodent can cause severe complications, such as nerve damage. The FDA urged that the use of two or more tubes of Fixodent per week can cause a high likelihood of adverse effects and also provided that P&G and other denture adhesive manufacturers should include zinc on their ingredient list in the event that their product includes the mineral.
The Problems with Fixodent
While P&G maintains that the amount of zinc in Fixodent is basically harmless, studies strongly suggest otherwise. According to a study published in Neurology in 2008, University of Texas researchers provided that the persistent use of denture adhesives containing zinc may cause serious health effects, such as neurological disease and hypocupremia, or blood copper deficiencies. The researchers further added that those who used denture adhesives such as Fixodent for four years or more had a higher than average range of zinc in the blood, and one person in the study became so debilitated from using the cream that she became bound to a wheelchair. These results are alarming, and were partly why the FDA finally decided to get involved.
Fixodent in the News
Due to the increasing number of complications associated with the use of Fixodent and other denture adhesive creams, plaintiffs have filed hundreds of lawsuits against manufacturers of the products. In one such case in California, plaintiffs who suffered severe adverse effects from using Fixodent filed a class action suit against P&G. Specifically, the case alleges that P&G poisoned many people, which has caused them to experience nervous system damage and even death. The lawsuit further claims that P&G failed to warn the public about the dangerous side effects associated with zinc. As a result of the number of cases filed in federal court against P&G each year, the suits have been consolidated as part of an MDL, or multidistrict litigation, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Unfortunately, the MDL case was ultimately dismissed due to a lack of evidence. Notwithstanding, many state level cases in Pennsylvania have been consolidated into a Mass Tort Program with plaintiffs seeking damages for injuries sustained as a result of using Fixodent.
Lawyers Are Ready Now to Help You
It is crucial to speak with an attorney who is qualified to handle the various complexities and nuances associated with suing pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. Our skilled law firm can help victims of Fixodent recover monetary damages for costs due to medical treatment, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, counseling costs, funeral expenses, as well as lost wages. You certainly need an attorney on your side who has the experience necessary to help you get the compensation that you deserve.
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Give us a call today to see if you or a loved one may be entitled to recover monetary damages from complications caused by Fixodent. Call product liability attorney Ken Stern at 1-844-808-7529, or complete an online contact form for assistance.