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PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. - Parker Waichman Alonso LLP has announced
that it has filed two lawsuits against Procter & Gamble on behalf of two
women diagnosed with copper deficient neuropathy attributed to their use of
Fixodent denture adhesive cream.
According to their complaints, Faye G. Hobson, 45, of Sanford,
N.C., and Barbara Sue Mendenhall, 58, of Genevieve, Mo., received dentures
years ago, and both used Fixodent denture cream. Their lawsuits allege that as
a result of using Fixodent, Hobson and Mendenhall now suffer from profound and
permanent neurological injuries that have left them unable to perform their
normal, customary and daily activities.
The lawsuits maintain that Fixodent contains a form of zinc
which is bonded to an unknown formulation. The complaint further alleges that
Procter & Gamble failed to warn about the product's risks and failed to
provide adequate warnings about the zinc in Fixodent, or adequate instructions
to prevent deviation from accepted use. According to their lawsuit, had Procter
& Gamble properly disclosed the risks associated with Fixodent, the plaintiffs
would never have used the product.
A small amount of zinc is necessary for a balanced diet.
However, being exposed to an excessive amount of zinc can result in copper
depletion and serious negative adverse neurological effects. In August 2008,
the peer reviewed journal "Neurology" reported on four patients suffering from
neuropathy and other neurological symptoms typical of zinc poisoning and copper
depletion. It was determined that excess use of denture cream could have been
responsible for their symptoms.
In March of this year, Procter & Gamble began to include a
caution on its Web site, http://www.dentureliving.com/, regarding the health risks
posed by excessive exposure to zinc in Fixodent denture cream. Fixodent remains
on store shelves.
Hobson's and Mendenhall's lawsuits are the latest of many filed
by Parker Waichman Alonso LLP on behalf of the victims of zinc-containing
denture adhesive creams.
These lawsuits, along with dozens of others filed before them,
have been consolidated for centralized and coordinated pre-trial proceedings in
the Denture Cream Products Liability Litigation in the U.S. District Court for
the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, before the Judge Cecilia
Altonaga (MDL No. 2051). Andres F. Alonso, a partner with Parker Waichman
Alonso LLP, was appointed co- lead counsel to the Plaintiffs' Steering
Committee in the litigation by Judge Altonaga in an order filed on July 13,
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