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The drug Zicam, produced by Matrixx (formerly known as Gumtech) claims that the length of the common cold can be reduced by 3x through intranasal administration of zinc gluconate.  The downfall is that Zicam has been alleged to cause Anosmia, a loss of smell and taste.  The lost sense of smell and the lost sense of taste severely inhibits a persons life style and puts them in unnecessary danger.  The public outrage at the side effect of the Zicam drug stems from the fact that the Matrixx company admitted to not performing a significant amount of testing prior to the release of the drug, and the company did not provided any warning on the Zicam drug bottle or packaging that would draw significant attention or properly inform the consumer.  Provided below is a study conducted by National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders that examined the effects of the loss of smell and the loss of taste in a person, and what impacts the loss can have.

Anosmia / Loss of smell almost doubles chance of accident
March 15, 2004

People who have total or partial loss of the sense of smell are almost twice as likely to have some kinds of accidents or incidents than people who have normal smell (or olfactory) function. According to the results of a study at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center that appear in the March issue of Archives of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. Researchers reviewed medical records for the past twenty years and discovered that there were several important danger areas:

  • cooking-related accidents
  • exposure to an undetected fire or gas* leak
  • eating or drinking spoiled foods or toxic substances by individuals with this sensory impairment

The most frequently reported incidents were cooking related (47%) followed by eating or drinking spoiled or toxic substances (25%), undetected gas leaks (23%), or fires (7%). Most people who have smell loss or impairment do not realize it. Loss of smell is caused by damage to the delicate olfactory nerves at the base of the brain or when other smell receptor sites become damaged. Head trauma, chronic sinusitis, viral infections, nasal obstructions, some medications, and even aging can cause this loss. In many cases, olfactory function never returns. Sometimes, the sense of smell returns, but signals going to the brain may be altered. These alterations may cause distortions and make pleasant, familiar smells become odd or extremely unpleasant. Olfactory loss also affects the ability to enjoy food, which can have a negative effect on nutrition.

* Gas is odorless, but the gas company adds a warning "rotten-egg" smell (mercaptan or a similar sulfur-based compound) that can be easily detected by most people.

One can clearly see the damages that this drug can cause and it is easy to note of the impaired quality of life that comes with the even one time use of Zicam.


» April 12, 2004- "Zinc Nasal Spray May Kill Your Sense of Smell- But Pepper Could be the Cure"
» April 29, 2004- "Legal Action, new product discussed by Matrixx"
» April 29, 2004- "Popular Cold Remedy Has Unexpected Side Effects"
» February 10, 2004- "Chef Claims Cold-Eeze Spray Killed Her Sense of Smell"
» February 10, 2004- "FDA Investigates Nasal Zinc Products"
» February 27, 2004- "Doctor Says Product Ingredient Kills Cell Receptors"
» February 6, 2004- "Such a Loss, Is Cold Medicine Zapping Sense of Smell?"
» February 6, 2004- "User Says Zicam Robbed Her of Sense of Smell"
» March 2, 2004- "A popular cold medicine is the focus of a lawsuit filed by a West Hartford woman"
» March 24, 2004- "Zicam, Cold-Eeze safety comes under scrutiny"
» March 25, 2004- "Over the counter cold spray controversy"
» March 30, 2004- "Zinc for colds losing its luster, Users of some products reporting loss of smell and taste"
» March 4, 2004- "Zicam Admits No Studies Done on Loss of Smell"

Zicam Maker Settles $12,000,000.00 Lawsuit Over Users' Loss Of Smell

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