Denture Cream Lawsuits

Lawsuits against manufacturers of denture creams are being filed in an MDL (multi district litigation) in Miami, Florida. The lawsuits have been sparked by a chemical interaction between zinc and copper. Zinc, an ingredient in the denture cream, helps the adhesive qualities of the cream but also depletes the body’s copper supply. The lawsuits filed against Proctor & Gamble, the maker of Fixodent and GlaxoSmithKline which makes Poligrip, claim that the denture creams are defective in that their chemical composition leads to the copper depletion. Copper depletion can cause neurological problems and deficiencies. The lawsuits claim that the companies’ failed to warn consumers of the potential health issues related to their products.
According to the Associated Press, “A copper deficiency can cause nerve damage, resulting in symptoms such as weakness and numbness in arms and legs; difficulty walking and loss of balance; and even cognitive or memory impairment, according to the National Institutes of Health.”