Poligrip Denture Cream Lawsuit
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Our Poligrip denture cream lawyers are reviewing Poligrip denture lawsuits throughout the United States for claims on behalf of victims of zinc poisoning as the result of the excessive use of Poligrip denture cream. The denture cream lawsuits allege product liability, negligence, failure to warn, fraud and consumer protection claims against GlaxoSmithKline, which manufactures Poligrip, and Proctor & Gamble, which makes Fixodent. This page is focused on Poligrip but our lawyers are investigating both Poligrip claims and Fixodent claims.
The Poligrip denture lawsuits allege that two manufacturers of denture cream, GlaxoSmithKline (Poligrip) and Proctor and Gamble (Fixodent), failed to warn of the dangers of excessive zinc in their denture cream. According to an article in the medical journal Neurology written by Dr. Sharon P. Nations from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, which has been cited by Poligrip denture cream lawyers, zinc poisoning can occur with the use of high amounts of denture cream. Dr. Nations' study identified four patients with various neurological abnormalities in the setting of hypocupremia and hyperzincemia. Each of these patients wore dentures and used very large amounts of denture cream chronically.
Sure, Dr. Nations’ study just involved four patients. But it is well known that zinc poisoning can cause hosts of neurological problems, including paralysis, tingling, muscle weakness, numbness, neuropathy (reduction in strength of extremities and loss of balance), bone marrow failure and anemia. Sure the manufacturers of Poligrip are going to argue that the patients used excessive denture cream. But that argument is going to fail. Are they surprised that some denture cream users consumed a great deal of denture cream? Here's the kicker: the FDA does not require manufacturers of a Class I medical device like denture cream to show how much zinc their products contain. So, consumers have no way of knowing that these products can be dangerous.
Zinc is not a bad thing in small amounts and it serves its purpose in helping loose fitting dentures stick. That’s not a problem if the dentures are perfectly fitted and the Super Poligrip denture users only need a small amount of denture cream. But many don't have perfect fitting dentures. This led many unknowingly into a great deal of zinc.
Many injuries that should be denture cream lawsuits will never see the light of day because many denture wearers are not going to link their neurological problems with zinc poisoning. But with 35 million denture wearers, injuries from zinc overdose from denture cream may be more significant than even denture cream lawyers fully appreciate right now.
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) heard oral arguments on June 1st regarding whether the denture cream lawsuits should be consolidated for pretrial discovery (a class action lawsuit for discovery purposes). The petition for consolidation was brought by plaintiffs in two lawsuits. The motion sought to consolidate the cases in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Alternative venues proposed by Poligrip denture cream lawyers were Colorado or New York. On June 9, 2009, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation agreed that these lawsuits should be consolidated in Florida.
If you or a loved one have used Poligrip denture cream adhesives and since developed zinc poisoning, call one of our Poligrip denture cream attorneys at 800-553-8082 or click here for a free no obligation consultation on your potential Poligrip denture cream lawsuit.
- Denture Cream Lawsuit Update (MDL discovery class action sought)
- New Denture Cream Update (discovery class action approved and case centralized in MDL under Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga)
- Overview of Zinc Problem in Denture Cream (science behind the zinc/copper problem)
- Free Consultation (free evaluation of your potential Poligrip denture cream lawsuit at 800-553-8082 or on-line)