The Food and Drug Administration says Zicam nasal spray can permanently damage users’ sense of smell. The FDA says consumers should stop using Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related products immediately. All of the over-the-counter products contain zinc. According to scientists, that ingredient may damage nerves in the nose needed for smell. The FDA says about 130 consumers have reported a loss of smell after using Zicam products since 1999. Manufacturer Matrixx Initiatives is facing lawsuits over the product, but claims “there is no known causal link between the use of Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and impairment of smell.” This situation will be followed closely.
Source: Associated Press
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