Company officials are bracing for additional lawsuits after the Last week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter linking Zicam nasal gel and swabs to loss of smell. Matrixx Initiatives Inc, the manufacturer of Zicam initially declined a recall of the product, but has since responded by voluntarily recalling its Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gels and swabs from retailers nationwide. The company has more than a dozen oral Zicam products that were not targeted by the FDA and remain in stores nationwide. William Hemelt, Matrixx’s acting president and chief operating officer, last week said the FDA’s warning letter and following publicity “undoubtedly” leaves the company vulnerable to additional lawsuits.
Monday, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of 117 people who claim they have suffered loss of smell or a loss of the ability to taste food after using the popular nasal spray.
Matrixx is certainly aware that people claim to have lost a sense of smell after using Zicam. The company has already faced more than 400 lawsuits over the past decade from people who claimed that Zicam’s Cold Remedy gel has caused anosmia, or loss of smell. In 2006, the company settled a batch of lawsuits with 340 plaintiffs for $12 million. Among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed Monday include Richard Kennedy, 62, of Glendale.
If you have taken Zicam and believe that you suffer from a loss of a sense of smell or the loss of the ability to taste food, contact Montes Herald Law Group, LLP for a no obligation, free consultation to discuss your case.