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Zicam side effects have been reported by more than 130 people. The Zicam recall came about when it was reported that the plaintiffs lost their sense of smell after using the Zicam Cold Remedy products. If you have suffered any side effects from Zicam let find a product liability lawyer for your legal claim
Zicam Cold Remedy is an over-the-counter homeopathic medicine that purports to reduce the duration and severity of the common cold. Zicam contains zinc gluconate. It is proposed that zinc gluconate interferes with the binding of a rhinovirus to a cellular receptor. The rhinovirus is the most common viral infecting agent in humans. “Rhin” comes from Greek, meaning “nose.” It’s so called because the rhinovirus reproduces in the nose.

Multiple studies have suggested that zinc nasal gels can shorten the length of a cold. But, zinc gluconate may also interfere with the absorption of antibiotics, so certain medicinal combinations may be unsafe.

The Food and Drug Administration considers zinc gluconate to be safe, if used and manufactured properly. That’s not to say the FDA is endorsing it as a remedy.

In fact, on June 16, 2009 the Food and Drug Administration warned Matrixx to stop selling intranasal versions of its zinc-containing Zicam Cold Remedies.

Matrixx Initiatives, maker of Zicam Cold Remedies, had to recall three of its products from store shelves. The company’s Zicam Nasal Gel, Zicam Cold Remedy swabs - the adult and kids versions.

Matrixx has been firm in defense of the safety of its products. However, last month the company said it would comply with FDA demands for the recall of zicam and started the process of formally notifying retailers, wholesalers and distributors nationwide of its recall of Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel, and Zicam Cold Remedy Gel Swabs (adult and child products).

FDA Warnings
The following are comments directly from Food and Drug Administration officials regarding the Zicam side effects:

“Loss of sense of smell is a serious risk for people who use these products for relief from cold symptoms,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). “We are concerned that consumers may unknowingly use a product that could cause serious harm, and therefore we are advising them not to use these products for any reason.”

“Companies have an obligation to the public to demonstrate to the FDA that their products are safe, particularly when there is evidence they may be causing serious adverse events, and they are marketed for minor, self-limiting conditions like the common cold,” said Deborah M. Autor, director of CDER’s Office of Compliance.

Health care professionals and consumers are encouraged to report the adverse Zicam side effects to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program. You can do so online, by mail, fax or phone:

5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20852-9787
Fax: 800-FDA-0178
Phone: 800-FDA-1088

Who Can Sue
All three products in question, Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel, Nasal Swabs and kid-size swabs, have been recalled from retail establishments due to the allegations of Zicam side effects. But if you or a loved one has used on the Zicam Cold Remedy products before the recall, and have been adversely effected by it, contact a product liability lawyer or drug lawyer, as they can provide you with the best plan of action.

Once you contact a product liability attorney or drug lawyer, they will go over with you your rights regarding any adverse health damages you may have suffered due to the use of any of the three Zicam Cold Remedies.

When you consult with your attorney, you will need to provide them as much information as possible so they will be able to properly represent you in your case against Matrixx Initiatives.

Some of the information that you need to provide your product liability lawyer or drug attorney includes the dates you were taking Zicam Cold Remedies, any prescriptions that your doctor may have prescribed in case of negative drug interactions and what injuries occurred at the time.

Potential Recovery
What can plaintiffs be compensated for the recall of Zicam? The potential recovery against the makers of Zicam Cold Remedies will depend greatly on the severity of your injuries. A drug attorney or pharmaceutical lawyer will be able to maximize your potential compensation based on other factors as well.

How much did Matrixx Initiatives know about the Zicam side effects or potential dangers of the medication? It’s a point that can greatly affect your potential compensation. Your potential recovery will be higher if you endured pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost the ability to earn money in the future. There may be other reasons for further compensation, which will best be explain to you by a drug attorney or product liability lawyer.

Recent News About Zicam Recall
Matrix is facing class action suits in California and Missouri related to the recall of Zicam. The California Zicam class action lawsuit was filed in federal court on behalf of the lead plaintiff, Barbara Sample. The lawsuit also includes everyone who purchased the Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel products in California or from a California source within the four years before June 23, 2009.

The Missouri class action suit regarding the recall of Zicam was filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court on behalf of Gwendoly West and all the residents of St. Louis County who purchased the recalled Zicam products during the year before the FDA warning.

Also, a law firm has just announced a lawsuit on behalf of the shareholders of Matrix Initiatives (Nasdaq: MTXX).

Litigation isn’t something Matrixx Initiatives is unfamiliar with. In 2006, the company paid $12 million to settle 340 lawsuits from Zicam users who, even then, said that the Zicam side effects destroyed their sense of smell. However, the company did not admit fault.

The company is also being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. While the SEC declined to comment, it is known that the SEC asked Matrixx Initiatives for documents and information regarding the Food and Drug Administration’s warning about the safety of the Zicam Cold Remedy products.
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