if a consumer has these products in their medicine chests, and they were purchased prior to June 16th 2009, throw them away, unless the consumer has lost their sense of taste & smell, or their child has lost their sense of taste or smell.
Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 30, 2009
The US Drug Watchdog is initiating an urgent appeal for all US consumers & parents to check your medicine chests for Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel, Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs & Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs Kid Size. According to the group, "if a consumer has these products in their medicine chests, and they were purchased prior to June 16th 2009, throw them away, unless the consumer has lost their sense of taste & smell, or their child has lost their sense of taste or smell." If a consumer has lost their sense of taste or smell, after using these Zicam products please call the US Drug Watchdog immediately at 866-714-6466, or contact the group via our web site at Http://USDrugWatchdog.Com
So what is the big deal about Zicam Cold Remedy Gel or Swabs?
On June 16, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers to stop using and discard three zinc-containing Zicam intranasal products. The products may cause a loss of sense of smell.
Intranasal products are administered through the nose.
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 FAD says," 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."
Why has the US Drug Watchdog launched this urgent national appeal on the afore mentioned Zicam products?
According to the US Drug Watchdog, "we are absolutely terrified that millions of US households have these recalled Zicam products. We are equally as terrified that there are thousands of US citizens who have lost their sense of taste or smell, after using the recalled Zicam products." The group says, if no one in a household has lost their sense of taste or smell after using the Zicam recalled products, throw it away if it was purchased before June 16th 2009. However, if a consumer has lost their sense of taste, or smell, after using the recalled Zicam products, please call the US Drug Watchdog immediately at 866-714-6466," or contact the group via their web site," at Http://USDrugWatchdog.Com
Urgent appeal to all US consumers from the US Drug Watchdog: "Please share this release with neighbors, friends and family members. The group is saying,"if a person knows of someone who has lost their sense of taste, or smell after using a recalled Zicam product, please have them call us at 866-714-6466."