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16th March 2010
By Rudy Silva in Personal Injury
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The PoliGrip lawyers are busy handling the lawsuit filed by consumers against the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline for the severe damages caused by prolonged use of Super PoliGrip, a denture cream.

Following the reports of health complications associated with PoliGrip, its competitor, Fixodent, manufactured by Procter and Gamble had also been reported to have caused debilitating neurological diseases.

Despite the assurances of the manufacturers that their products are safe to use, many consumers are believed to suffer the damages for the rest of their lives. The severity of the side effects rendered many unable to walk, grip or even hold objects with their hands.

The victims of denture cream injury declared that both Procter and Gamble and GlaxoSmithKline failed their consumers in three manners.

The manufacturers failed to warn consumers about the potential risks. They also failed to thoroughly examine the potential dangers with prolonged usage. Any presence of metallic ingredients must be made known on its label, but again, the manufacturers failed.

Both pharmaceutical companies denied the accusations, however, on their websites, they informed the public that they agreed to make changes on their labeling to inform future consumers about the risks with overuse. They assert that the dangers only occur when too much paste is applied to the dentures.

The problem started when many people, who were unable to afford the dental prosthetics, settled for older and worn dentures. The dentures slip around their mouth whenever they spoke or ate. To solve this problem they started to use denture adhesive.

Many victims claimed they used up to three tubes of denture adhesive cream every week for several years. It never occurred to them that the adhesive cream has potential health dangers, let alone suffer neurological disorders.

Even the Food and Drug Administration does not require the pharmaceutical companies to label their packaging with warnings that regular use may cause illnesses.

In 2008, the Journal of Neurology affirmatively connects zinc to the PolyGrip nerve damage and Fixodent side effects. Zinc is one of the major ingredients of the adhesives manufactured by GSK and P&G.

Because this product is a binding agent, it helps hold the dentures in place. It also has odor-controlling properties, making the metal excellent for maintaining fresh breath.

While zinc is needed in our immune system, the dosage is very minimal, which is supplied by our diet. According to the study, zinc can permeate from the paste into the gums, which is then absorbed into the bloodstream.

Too much of zinc is not good, and regular use of the denture creams provides excessive zinc, causing toxicity. Symptoms include numbness in legs, tingling in extremities, loss of balance, loss of feeling or sensation, unexplained pain in any parts of the body.

It also includes impaired striding ability, increased falling or stumbling, loss of strength in legs or feet. Over time, the victims start to show the signs of zinc overdose including neurological problems.

Although zinc poisoning and its associated neurological problems are curable, some victims have to deal with constant pain and discomfort including having to spend the rest of their lives on wheelchairs.

If you suffer from zinc poisoning and wish to be compensated for damages, contact a lawyer immediately. You can choose individual or class action lawsuit against the manufacturers.

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