New Study Corroborates Link between Denture Cream and Zinc Poisoning
A new study published in the April 1, 2011 issue of General Dentistry entitled “What Every Dentist Should Know About Zinc”? provides further confirmation that denture cream adhesives can lead to zinc poisoning. Researchers from the University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore reviewed existing literature and case studies on denture adhesives containing zinc and found that certain denture cream users had been exposed to as much as 200 times the recommended daily allowance of zinc. This latest study, conducted by Drs. Amar Patel and Nasir Bashirelahi, provides further evidence that excessive denture cream use can lead to zinc toxicity and neurological damage.
In February 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued a recommendation to denture adhesive manufacturers requesting that they consider removing zinc from denture cream products. In support of its request, the FDA highlighted the mounting literature and research suggesting that zinc contained in denture creams leads to zinc toxicity, which can result in severe neurological damage. The two primary denture adhesive manufacturers in the United States are Proctor & Gamble, which makes Fixodent, and GlaxoSmithKline, which makes Super Poligrip. Last year, GlaxoSmithKline removed zinc from Super Poligrip; however Proctor & Gamble maintains that its zinc-based denture adhesives are not dangerous.
Denture Cream Side Effects Result in Lawsuits
Currently, both Proctor & Gamble and GlaxoSmithKline are defending numerous denture cream lawsuits filed by plaintiffs claiming that the zinc-based denture adhesives caused them to sustain neurological damage because too much zinc in the body causes copper deficiency or hypocupremia. Symptoms of zinc poisoning include neuropathy, myeloneuropathy, numbness, tingling, pain, paralysis, weakness and loss of sensation. The federal denture cream lawsuits have been consolidated into an MDL. The first of these federal denture cream lawsuits is expected to go to trial in June 2011.
Contact a Denture Cream Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one uses Fixodent, Poligrip, or another brand of denture cream and suffers from symptoms of zinc poisoning, such as pain and numbness in the hands and feet, you should contact one of our denture cream lawyers immediately to discuss your legal rights and options for pursuing a denture cream lawsuit. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have extensive litigation experience, and have recovered billions of dollars for their clients. In addition to being staunch advocates for your claim, our denture cream lawyers also provide personal attention to guide you through the complex litigation process.