GlaxoSmithKline to Stop Manufacturing Certain Denture Cream Products Because of Potential Link to Serious Health Problems
On February 18, 2010, GlaxoSmithKline announced that it would voluntarily stop the manufacture and distribution of denture cream products that contain zinc after becoming aware of potential health problems associated with the long-term excessive use of their zinc-containing denture adhesive products.
The decision to halt the manufacture and distribution came after speaking with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. and the Irish Medical Board for the European regulators.
Included in the group of Glaxo denture-cream products that contain zinc are “Super PoliGrip” “Original” “Ultra Fresh” and “Extra Care” products. Excessive use of the three zinc containing products prevents the proper absorption of copper, which in turn leads to serious neurological effects.
The company further stated that it will reformulate the denture adhesives without zinc.
Denture Cream Lawsuits
Glaxo’s actions come as dozens of lawsuits are working their way through federal and state courts, alleging that certain denture creams cause serious neurological problems, including crippling nerve damage, making it difficult for many individuals to walk or use their hands.
If you or a loved one uses Fixodent, Poligrip, Super 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. You may be able to file a Fixodent lawsuit, Poligrip lawsuit and/or Super Poligrip lawsuit.