Denture Adhesives That Contain Zinc

The FDA has issued a warning about adverse events (including nerve damage and numbness) stemming from overuse of denture adhesives that contain zinc.  Besides adverse event reports, the agency noted case reports in the literature linking such symptoms to chronic use of sometimes two or more tubes of the product a week.  Instructions on many adhesives indicate a single tube should last seven to eight weeks.  Zinc is used in some denture adhesives because the mineral enhances adhesion.  Noting that not all products that contain zinc list it as an ingredient, the agency urged manufacturers to do so and to provide a list of potential adverse events with overuse.  The FDA warning noted that properly-fit dentures should not need additional adhesives to function, and urged patients whose dentures become loose to have them relined or be fit for new ones.  The attorneys at Balkan & Patterson, LLP are experienced in class action litigation.  If you or someone you know believe you have potential for a class action, please contact us immediately and we will review the case at no charge.

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