posted on Jun, 16 2009 @ 11:46 PM
I have used Zicam for years... I here in NC with all of the climate flux and pollen humidity and so on, it has really become a staple for survival!
I am pretty sure this is only refrencing the nasal routed Zicam products... but of course they are the ones that seem to have the fastest reaction!
TUESDAY, June 16 (HealthDay News) -- U.S.
health officials on Tuesday warned consumers to stop using Zicam nasal cold remedy products because they can cause the loss of a sense of smell.
The specific products contained in the warning include Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel, Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs, and Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs Kids'
"These products claim to reduce the duration of the common cold and severity of cold symptoms," Deborah M. Autor, director of the Office of
Compliance at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said during a morning teleconference
Tuesday. "Consumers should stop using these products immediately."
"The next step is for the company to come in and seek FDA approval if they want to continue marketing the products," Autor said.
"While the company has done trials involving small numbers of patients, we believe there have not been enough patients exposed in those trials to
detect infrequent adverse events," she said.
According to Dr. Charles E. Lee, medical officer in the division of New Drugs and Labeling Compliance in CDER's Office of Compliance, the agency has
received more than 130 reports from people using one of these zinc-containing products about the loss of a sense of smell, also known as anosmia