The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today advised consumers to stop using three products marketed over-the-counter as cold remedies because they are associated with the loss of sense of smell (anosmia). Anosmia may be long-lasting or permanent.
The products are:
–Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel
–Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs
–Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, Kids Size (a discontinued product)
While this is good news, what took so long for the FDA to act on this? As pointed out at What’s The Harm? What’s the harm in homeopathy? (Lisa Weatherington & 339 others) Zicam settled a lawsuit over this issue nearly 3 1/2 years ago.
By Sandra G. Boodman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
The manufacturer of Zicam Cold Remedy has agreed to pay $12 million to settle 340 lawsuits brought by consumers who claim the popular over-the-counter zinc nasal gel damaged or destroyed their sense of smell.
Full article: Paying Through the Nose – washingtonpost.com.
Did the FDA really need over three years to act on this problem? Are the 130 injured mentioned in the FDA notice in addition to the 340 from the 2006 lawsuit?
Lets see, the science has shown a potential problem since 2004 and further documented in 2006, the manufacturer settles a lawsuit in 2006, then finally the FDA acts in 2009. The FDA should have acted much sooner!
For some interesting additional information info on the men behind the company see: The Men Behind Zicam – washingtonpost.com.
- Information on Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel, Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs, and Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, Kids Size
- FDA Advises Consumers Not To Use Certain Zicam Cold Remedies
- Loss of Sense of Smell with Intranasal Cold Remedies Containing Zinc
- Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. AKA Zicam LLC 6/16/09
- Zicam Fact Sheet
- Warnings on Three Zicam Intranasal Zinc Products
- Loss of Sense of Smell with Intranasal Cold Remedies Containing Zinc podcast