Poligrip Lawsuit Filed in Canada; GSK Issues Recall in Japan
If you’re a denture cream user residing in the United States, then you’ve likely heard about the Fixodent and Poligrip lawsuits against manufacturers GlaxoSmithKline and Procter & Gamble alleging that the companies are responsible for the nerve damage that can be caused by the zinc contained in denture creams. You might be unaware, however, that from Canada and Japan there is also denture cream news to report.
A Canadian law firm filed a class action lawsuit against GSK and P&G in September 2010 claiming that the companies did not properly warn of the potential health risks of denture cream zinc. Tony Merchant filed the lawsuit on behalf of lead plaintiff Hedvig Ahlquist, a heavy denture cream user who is experiencing tingling in her extremities and is unable to sleep due to severe pain. Other plaintiffs in the class action claim to be suffering from burning sensations and problems maintaining their balance. Merchant noted that GSK and P&G have recognized the dangers of denture cream zinc poisoning and taken measures to alleviate associated health problems, including creating new product warnings, but says that their efforts are nonetheless inadequate. The symptoms exhibited by the Canadian plaintiffs, along with the charges against the manufacturers, are similar to those in U.S. denture cream lawsuits.
The denture cream news from Japan does not involve litigation, but rather a recall of PoliGrip by GSK in March 2010. The move was made despite only three adverse health effects reported by Japanese PoliGrip users. In the United States, hundreds of denture cream users have reported suffering from the debilitating side effects of zinc poisoning, although no recall was issued here. A GSK spokesperson explained that PoliGrip was not recalled in the United States or other countries besides Japan because when used as directed, the product is safe. And, to be fair, GSK did announce that it would reformulate PoliGrip to be made without zinc around the same time it issued the Japanese recall.
The ability of denture cream plaintiffs to recover compensation, whether in the U.S. or Canada, will come down to whether courts rule that manufacturers such as GSK and P&G should have listed zinc as a product ingredient and warned of its potential health risks. Despite the fact that neither company violated FDA regulations, there are other U.S. laws that define what manufacturers’ duties are in regards to making and distributing safe products.
Multidistrict litigation for denture cream lawsuits in the U.S. has already been approved, and a bellwether trial is scheduled for June. This means you should not hesitate to act now if you believe your injuries were caused by denture cream zinc poisoning. The Rottenstein Law Group is in the process of evaluating Fixodent and Poligrip lawsuit claims. Let us put our 25 years of product liability experience to work for you by providing a complimentary review of your case.
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