Improper use of zinc-containing denture adhesives may have adverse systemic effects. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, zinc-containing denture adhesives should be avoided.
Port Washington, NY (PRWEB) May 03, 2011
Parker Waichman Alonso LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of injured people, applauds the American College of Prosthodontists for changing its guidance on zinc-containing denture creams to advise consumers to avoid using such products, as they pose a significant health risk. For more info from Parker Waichman Alonso LLP regarding zinc poisoning from denture creams and what you need to know, click here.
A small amount of zinc is necessary for a balanced diet. However, excessive exposure to zinc in denture creams can result in copper depletion, leading to the development of severe neurological injuries and blood disorders. In August 2008, an article appearing in the peer reviewed journal "Neurology" specifically linked excessive exposure to zinc in denture adhesives to "profound neurologic disease" in four patients reviewed.
As a result of this as well as other information, GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Super Poligrip denture adhesive products, announced in February 2010 that it would stop the manufacture, distribution and advertising of three Super Poligrip products that contained zinc. The Super Poligrip adhesives have since been reformulated to be zinc-free. However, Procter & Gamble has not followed in these steps and the zinc remains in its Fixodent products.
In 2009, the ACP formed a task force to establish evidence-based guidelines for the care and maintenance of complete dentures. At the conclusion of their study, the organization published a guideline for denture care in the Journal of Prosthodontics (Vol. 20, Supplement1, February 2011). In addressing the subject of zinc-containing denture creams, the new ACP guidelines state: "Improper use of zinc-containing denture adhesives may have adverse systemic effects. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, zinc-containing denture adhesives should be avoided."
The revised ACP guidelines were published the same month the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) asked denture cream manufacturers to consider taking steps to address the risk of zinc toxicity posed by their products. In a letter to denture cream manufacturers, the FDA said it had received numerous reports of adverse events related to the use of denture adhesives, and that literature and research “suggests zinc contained in some denture adhesives may be a contributing factor in these adverse events.”
While the recent actions by the ACP and the FDA are welcome developments, neither goes far enough to protect consumers from the significant heath risks posed by zinc-containing denture creams. For this reason, Parker Waichman Alonso LLP continues to call for a full recall of Fixodent and all other denture adhesives made with zinc that are currently being marketed in the U.S.
Parker Waichman Alonso LLP has filed numerous lawsuits on behalf of the victims of Super Poligrip and Fixodent. These lawsuits allege that the manufacturers of these denture creams misled consumers about their risks and failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions for use. Those actions, along with scores of other denture cream zinc poisoning lawsuits filed in federal courts around the country, have been consolidated in the Denture Cream Products Liability Multidistrict Litigation, currently pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, before the Honorable Judge Cecilia Altonaga (MDL No. 2051). Andres F. Alonso Esq., a partner with Parker Waichman Alonso LLP, is serving as Co- Lead Counsel to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the Denture Cream Products Liability Litigation. The first trial in the litigation is expected to begin this June.
Parker Waichman Alonso LLP continues to offer free consultations to the victims of denture cream zinc poisoning. If you or a loved one uses or have used Super Poligrip or Fixodent and developed neurological problems, please contact our office by visiting http://www.yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).
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