First approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and marketed by Matrixx Initiatives in 1999, Zicam is an over-the-counter (OTC) cold remedy, marketed as homeopathic, that in previous formulations contained zinc. Zicam cold remedy comes in the form of nasal gel and swabs, as well as lozenges. When taken as directed (within 24 hours of the onset of a cold), it can reduce the severity and duration of cold symptoms. Zicam has also been indicated for use in treating hay fever.

Zicam Loss of Smells

Zicam has been reported to cause permanent damage to sense of smell, which can also impair sense of taste (anosmia). Because the sense of smell is so closely linked to memory, Zicam side effects can significantly impair quality of life.

In June 2009, the FDA urged Matrixx to pull three Zicam products on the market (specifically the nasal swabs and gels) due to reports of anosmia. Since the zinc-based Zicam products were first introduced in the U.S. market, the FDA has received more than 130 reports from patients regarding the loss of their sense of smell after using Zicam products.

Zicam Injury Lawyer

Zicam injury lawyers are committed to advocating for the rights of those who have suffered from anosmia as a result of using any zinc Zicam cold remedy. While victims are encouraged to learn more about their legal rights by attending a complimentary initial consultation, they are also invited to get their case started at no upfront cost, because Zicam injury lawyers work on contingency.

Zicam Lawsuits

As of 2006, more than 340 Zicam lawsuits have been filed against Matrixx Initiatives, and the company has paid upwards of $12 million in settlements to victims of Zicam-related anosmia. Those who believe that they have lost part or all of their sense of smell because of Zicam may have a legal case against Matrixx, and they can get on the path to securing the settlement award they deserve by working with skilled attorneys to build the strongest possible Zicam defective drug lawsuit.

If you or a loved one used Zicam and lost part or all of your sense of smell or taste, you should contact our defective drug attorneys immediately for a free and confidential case review. You may be entitled to compensation and we can help.