Denture Cream Lawsuit
Good Morning America
Approximately 35 million people in the United States wear dentures and the majority of them are elderly. The majority of them also use denture cream to hold their dentures in place. The two most popular products are GlaxoSmithKline’s Poligrip and Superpoligrip, and Proctor & Gamble’s Fixodent. Many of these people and their physicians are just now learning about the recent development of Many of them are just now learning about the development of denture cream lawsuits.
Over the past year or two there have been a number of medical studies that have linked the use of these denture creams to zinc poisoning. The creams use zinc in their formularies – and zinc in miniscule doses is good for the body. Zinc in excessive doses can cause zinc poisoning, for which the initial symptoms are lethargy, excessive dizziness and copper deficiency. It’s the copper deficiency that leads to serious medical ramifications in the form of neuropathy, which can cause permanent numbness in the limbs and other neurological disorders.
In June of 2008 the American Academy of Neurology published an article in its journal Neurology that was co-written by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Pathology, The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the Mayo Clinic. This scholarly review details the results of research on the impact of Poligrip and Fixodent on patients with dentures who used large amounts of the products.
The study was an in depth analysis of the condition and potential sources of medical problems in four patients. One of the patients involved in the study suffered from nerve damage that caused weakness in the hands and poor balance. A second patient suffered from nerve damage that caused her to experience cognitive problems, urinary incontinence, and weakness in the arms and legs so severe that she was rendered wheelchair dependant. Their conclusions: “Denture cream contains zinc, and chronic excessive use may result in hypocupremia [copper deficiency] and serious neurologic disease.”
Since then, there has been a good deal of medical discussion on this linkage, and now denture cream lawsuits have been filed against the two pharmaceutical companies, one of which has already been settled out of court. Denture wearers are consulting with attorneys in many states about the possibility of unwitting exposure to zinc poisoning.
Many elderly people aren’t going to recognize neurological problems as zinc poisoning, and many physicians may not suspect it either. With 35 million denture wearers, this condition may by much more widespread than anyone suspects.
If you or a family member uses dentures and uses one of these products to hold them in place, learn the particulars of zinc poisoning symptoms and contact our lawyers about a potential complaint regarding liability for the health problems potentially cause by Poligrip or Fixodent.