This is an ongoing investigation, pending multiple similar lawsuits and a potential class action lawsuit against Procter & Gamble.
Procter & Gamble manufactures Fixodent, a denture cream used by millions as an adhesive for dentures. The FDA classifies Fixodent and other denture creams as a Class I low-risk device. This means manufacturers don't have to list ingredients, like zinc, on their products' labels. The FDA monitors Class I devices, so sources such as manufacturers and hospitals must report incidents of injury or death connected to a product, and manufacturing or product malfunctions
In August 2008, the journal "Neurology" reported on four patients suffering from neuropathy and other neurological symptoms typical of zinc poisoning and copper depletion. It was determined that excess use of dental creams could have been responsible for their symptoms. Additional reports from consumers and doctors may link the use of Fixodent to zinc poisoning.
In large doses, zinc can cause people to suffer nerve damage (neuropathy), copper deficiency, lethargy, and ataxia. Symptoms of neuropathy vary, but may include numbness or tingling in the feet, legs, hands, and/or arms; a reduction in strength or ability to move legs or feet, or arms and hands; unexplained pain in the extremities; a tendency to stumble or fall down; instability and lack of balance; or a change or decrease in walking stride.
Name (Stock Symbol)
Proctor & Gamble Company (PGPDQ.PK)
The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides branded consumer goods products worldwide.
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