Denture creams are used by thousands of people every day. However, certain types of the creams included high amounts of zinc, leading to zinc poisoning in some patients. This has lead the manufacturers to remove certain products from the market and numerous lawsuits are currently in litigation.
Denture cream is used by anyone who must use adhesive to keep dentures in place within their mouth. Most types of denture cream are completely safe to use, but there are a few varieties that include high amounts of zinc. When the creams are used on a regular basis, they can lead to zinc poisoning, which can have severe side effects. There are only certain types of the denture cream that are dangerous, and they have since been pulled from the market, but lawsuits continue for those who suffered from the zinc poisoning. It was in 2008 that a study by the Texas Southwest Medical Center linked the zinc in the creams to the poisoning problems.
The FDA has not enforced any type of recall on the creams, especially since the manufacturers made the decision on their own to pull the products. However, the Food and Drug Administration has released a warning that some types of denture cream do include zinc, and if the creams are used in excess, they can lead to the zinc toxicity problems. The types of denture creams that were pulled from the market include Fixodent, Super Poligrip and Poligrip, all released by either Proctor and Gamble or GlaxoSmithKline.
Symptoms of zinc poisoning include the following: loss of balance, anemia, weakness, fainting, numbness in extremities, copper deficiency, difficulty walking, and confusion. In some cases, the toxicity can lead to paralysis that cannot be reversed.
Although the manufacturers did remove the product from the market, there were still numerous patients who have suffered from these side effects. Because of this, thousands of lawsuits are currently in litigation. While no settlements have been made, there is a good chance that the settlement will take place in the coming year. At this time, it is hard to tell how much these settlements will be for, but most likely, they will cover any and all medical expenses that patients will face after suffering from the zinc poisoning.
Have you been using any of these denture creams? If you have and you have suffered any of the mentioned symptoms of zinc poisoning, then you deserve compensation for any medical bills that you have incurred for treatment. If you think you have a case due to the zinc poisoning of the mentioned denture creams, contact John Foy today, at (404) 879-7518 to get the money owed to you.