The US Drug Watchdog Intensifies Its Urgent Appeal On Zicam Nasal Gel & Swabs And Wants To Hear From Possible Victims

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According to the US Drug Watchdog, "on June 16th 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advised consumers to stop using Zicam products marketed over-the-counter as cold remedies, because they are associated with the loss of sense of smell (anosmia). Even worse, the group says, "we fear there may be recalled Zicam products in millions of US households, & we want people who read this press release, to share it with everyone they know."The products include: Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel, Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs and Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, Kids Size (a discontinued product)." The US Drug Watchdog wants to hear from any US consumer who has lost their sense of smell after using these products, by calling 866-714-6466, or by contacting the group via its web site at Http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

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these products have been associated with loss of smell & taste.

The US Drug Watchdog is dramatically intensifying its urgent national appeal on the FDA recalled products known as Zicam Nasal Gel, and or Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs. So what is the big deal about these products? According to the FDA, "these products have been associated with loss of smell & taste." The US Drug Watchdog says, "even worse we fear there are millions of US households that have these Zicam products in their medicine cabinets, with the consumer blissfully unaware of the FDA recall, or the fact that using these products could lead to a loss of taste, or smell. We also need ask individuals who have lost their sense of taste or smell in the last few years, if they were using Zicam Nasal Gel, or Cold Remedy Swabs? If an individual has lost their sense of taste or smell, after using Zicam Nasal Gel, or Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, they should contact the US Drug Watchdog immediately at 866-714-6466, or contact the group via its web site at Http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

Note To The National News Media From the US Drug Watchdog. "To protect innocent consumers, we need to get the word out about these products. We have plenty of victims you can talk to. We desperately need the national press to help us get the word out about these Zicam products."

What products are affected by this warning?

FDA's action affects Zicam's three intranasal products that contain zinc. The three Zicam products claim to reduce the duration of the common cold and the severity of cold symptoms.

The products (listed with their size and product numbers) are

Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel (15mL, NDC 62750-003-10)
Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs (20 swabs, NDC 67250-003-20)
Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, Kids Size (20 swabs, NDC 67250-003-21)

The Zicam intranasal zinc products are widely sold in pharmacies, other retail stores and on the Internet. Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, Kids Size, has already been discontinued, but FDA is concerned that consumers may have the product in their home. FDA has special concerns regarding use of intranasal zinc in children. Children may experience a loss of sense of smell but may be less likely to communicate the condition. According to the US Drug Watchdog, "parents talk to your children, if they used these Zicam products and call us immediately at 866-714-6466 if there is a problem. As importantly share this press release with your neighbors, your family members, your co-workers, and tell them to get rid of this product if they have not lost their sense of smell or taste." In the event a consumer has lost their sense of smell or taste after using Zicam Nasal Gel, or Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, consumers should contact the US Drug Watchdog immediately at 866-714-6466, or contact the group via their web site at Http://USDrugWatchdog.Com

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THOMAS MARTIN