Hundreds of people nationwide said they were poisoned by their denture cream. According to this article in the Philadelphia Daily News, lawsuits filed against GlaxoSmithKline, maker of Poligrip, and Procter & Gamble, manufacturers of Fixodent, allege that the companies knew their products were dangerous and did not protect consumers.
The suits allege that adding zinc to the products had adverse health effects on some users. Zinc helps bond dentures to gums.
Among the lawsuits is a woman who is now classified as a quadriplegic and others whose hands have deteriorated and look like claws.
According to the article, GSK launched a voluntary recall of Poligrip EX in Japan last week. However, the product was not recalled in the U.S.
A larger suit involving 75 plaintiffs is in federal court in Miami.
Plaintiffs in the lawsuits allege that they were unclear about how much product was safe to use until it was too late and their bodies had been damaged.
Late last year, GSK began including an insert in its denture packaging, noting that even the smallest size tube (0.75 oz). is meant to last about three weeks.
By the time the insert was released, many people’s bodies were already damaged.