Diagnosis of Zinc Poisoning is the First Step in Obtaining a Denture Cream Lawsuit Settlement
(New York, NY, February 9, 2011) Evidence continues to mount, in denture cream lawsuits, of the presence of zinc poisoning in “heavy users” of the product. Over the past year, consumers have taken action against GlaxoSmithKline and Procter & Gamble, the two most prominent manufacturers of the denture creams. The common goal is to recover money through denture cream lawsuit settlements.
High levels of zinc in the body have been proven to cause neurological disorders. Zinc is an ingredient used in denture creams, for the purpose of facilitating adhesion as well as for controlling odors. Recent studies conducted have shown that products such as Fixodent and Poligrip have caused nerve damage in test subjects; the evidence from these studies will likely entitle victims to compensation commensurate with their losses. A Fixodent bellwether trial scheduled to commence in June will set the tone for future actions.
Denture cream was deemed safe for consumer use by the FDA over 30 years ago. It is classified as a Class I medical device, which means there is very little possibility of potential harm. Class I medical devices are not required to have ingredients listed on their packaging, which is why the connection between the inclusion of zinc and the occurrence of neurological disorders (neuropathy) was only discovered in 2008. Despite this discovery, the FDA has yet to order manufacturers to reformulate their denture cream products, or issue warning statements about them. Certain FDA loopholes favor the manufacturers, and the products have yet to be modified or recalled in the United States and Canada. As of this writing, Poligrip products have been recalled in Japan, and Canadian consumers are beginning to take action.
Consumers who use denture creams regularly should consult with their physicians if they are experiencing symptoms that might be consistent with zinc poisoning. Many doctors may still be unaware of the denture cream/zinc connection; patients should make clear their use of the product, so doctors will be able to make an accurate diagnosis.
Details pertaining to denture cream lawsuits are still unfolding. The best way to address the issue is to seek medical attention and stay informed. The Rottenstein Law Group has set up a Web site to keep consumers apprised of the latest developments.
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