On June 16, 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory warning
to the public alerting consumers that the use of some Zicam brands (manufactured by Matrixx) of nasal spray cold remedies may cause a loss of the sense of smell (Anosmia)
. The FDA advises that these over the counter products have been shown to be ineffective in reduction of the duration and severity of cold symptoms, and have been connected to long term or even permanent loss of the sense of smell. The FDA issued the advisory
after receiving over 130 reports of loss of the sense of smell associated with the use of Zicam zinc containing intranasal products. Many people reported loss of the sense of smell with a single use, while others lost their sense of smell after multiple uses.
The FDA's warning applies to:
- Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel
- Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs
- Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs Kids Size
Loss of the sense of smell, and in some cases the related sense of taste, can be devastating to an individual, often leading to depression and impacting a victim's safety and livelihood. We need our sense of smell to detect smoke, gas or other signs of danger in the environment. Some people rely on their sense of smell in their occupations.
Matrixx Initiatives, the maker of Zicam, may be liable for your injuries including compensation for your loss and your medical bills.
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