Litigation

Procter & Gamble Sued By Fixodent Users

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, 2009.

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