Zicam Lawsuits May Be Consolidated

Zicam lawsuits may be consolidated into an MDL. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will consider whether to consolidate the lawsuits against the manufacturer of Zicam, Matrixx Initiatives on Thursday of this week.
On June 15, 2009, FDA officials warned consumers to stop using Zicam nasal gel and swabs because they had received reports that Zicam users had lost their sense of smell. According to the FDA, at least 130 reports of smell loss have been filed with the FDA.
According to the lawsuits, the loss of the sense of smell has been linked to Zicam’s active ingredient, zinc gluconate. Until the complaints were made public, Zicam had not drawn the scrutiny of the FDA since the nasal swabs and gels were considered homeopathic remedies.